Brandon Tezak

Construction Management
North Hall
American University, Washington, D.C.

This is a student-generated Capstone Project e-Portfolio (CPEP) produced in conjunction with the AE Senior Thesis e-Studio.

Thesis Proposal

Revised Proposal (Jan. 9, 2013)











Original Proposal (Dec. 14, 2012)










Analysis 1: Modularization of Bathrooms
North Hall has both an extremely tight and congested site and well as a very tight schedule. Modularization will more some of the work to an offsite tacitly and will allow the bathroom units to be constructed before they would be onsite. In addition, a labor would be completed in a controlled environment providing an opportunity for both schedule and cost savings.

Analysis 2: GPS Tracking of Precast Panel
The installation of the precast panels is confined to a small window in the schedule and the site entrance for deliveries is extremely congested. With a GPS tag tracking system the precast panel can be tracked from the time they leave the factory until they are installed. The track will not stop at installation, the same GPS tags will be used to track a testing required for the façade panels.

Analysis 3: Solar Panel Upgrade

North Hall will have two arrays of solar panels when construction is complete.  The current design only has the capability to heat domestic hot water. By upgrading the solar panels to a hybrid solar panel system the capability to generate electricity will be added. This electrical power will be used as a source of renewable energy for North Hall.

Analysis 4: Traditional Reinforced Cast in Place Floor Slabs

Currently floors 3 through 8 are post-tensioned floor slabs. This post-tensioning adds extra cost that can be value engineered to a traditional reinforced cast-in-place concrete slab. Along with the savings in cost time has the potential to be saved with the tensioning of the tendons eliminated.

Electrical Breadth - Contributes to Technical Analysis #3
The current design of North Hall has two solar panel arrays located on the roof. Both of the arrays are only designed to heat domestic hot water. This breadth analysis will examine the addition of hybrid solar panel. The hybrid solar panel system will add an ability to generate electricity and for that generated electricity to then be used within North Hall. The electrical system will have to be analyzed to determine where the generated power would be beneficial. With the addition of another form of renewable/green energy to the project will justify the expected increased cost of the hybrid panel.  

Structural Breadth - Contributes to Technical Analysis #4
As a way to limit the construction cost of North Hall this breadth will instigate the structural impacts of switching the floor slabs on floors 3 through 8 from the current reinforced post tensioned concrete to a more traditional reinforced concrete floor slab. By removing the post-tensioned tendons the slab thickness and reinforcing as well as the column layout will need to be adjusted for the appropriate loading. Both cost and schedule impact of this change will be investigated.





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