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Located in the Mid-Atlantic

"Eschewing the usual separation between offices and classrooms, the project combines these functions on each floor of the building around a central skylit atrium to deliberately promote interaction between faculty, staff and students" - Payette Architechure

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As proposed the University Health Building was moved from the Mid-Atlantic to Orlando, Florida. The new lateral loads were then analyzed with the original lateral system and proven insufficient. Additional shear walls were added to account for the increased lateral forces.

The foundation of the building was then analyzed for the new loads and soil type. It was found that the building needed to be changed from spread footings to caissons.

The cost associated with the foundation change and shear wall addition were then calculated to determine and increased cost to the owner for the building's new location. A schedule increase was also determined for the new deep foundations.

Lastly, the building's envelope was analyzed for its new location to determine if there would be any condensation issues due to the high humidity found in Orlando.

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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 herewith 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 Evan Landis. 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.
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