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Final Report

The goal of this redesign is to evaluate the benefits of both the existing steel system and a reinforced concrete system through a comparison of the benefits and issues with each. This analysis necessitated considering benefits and disadvantages including the structural benefits to each system, flexibility in design, cost, and construction.

The proposed redesign and change in materials resulted in a need to evaluate the acoustic performances of these spaces. This acoustic breadth considered both floor systems and the impact of these materials on the sound transmission as well as the reverberation time within each space.

Results from this analysis led to the conclusion that concrete benefits the system in terms of the many cantilevers and framing configurations seen throughout the SSPAC, while steel is a continued benefit in other areas if the layout is kept the same. If concrete were to be implemented, the building would benefit from seeing some slight changes to layout and structural design.

Cost and construction were seen as more effective in steel. The considerations on acoustics and architecture resulted in successful adjustments to the concrete structure to create a more effective design. Acoustics in particular, were improved through the use of concrete, as it is naturally a better system for the required sound isolation and reverberation of the spaces in the SSPAC.


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This page was last updated on 4/14/13 by Sarah Bednarcik and is hosted by the AE Department © 2013.
Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained here with is considered a work-inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Sarah Bednarcik. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.