University of Maryland
Physical Sciences Complex
College Park, MD
John Melching|Construction Management|Senior Thesis


Student Biography
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report



Currently in his fifth year of study at Penn State University, John Melching is an Architectural Engineering student and will soon graduate in May of 2013 with a bachelor's degree. The focus of John's studies has been construction management. His studies in construction management has given him a
developed and clear understanding of construction documents and the culture surrounding the business management aspect of the building process.

In the summer months, John worked for two notable companies to further broaden his education and career opportunities. In the summer of 2011 John interned for The Mclaren Engineering Group, a firm dedicated to the advancement of high-end structures with an emphasis on unique projects. The following summer, John spent his time working with American Architectural Inc., a company that works heavily with intricate metal and glass finishing for buildings in New York, NY and the immediate surrounding area. His time at these companies has given him the valuable experience needed to confidently perform work in the workplace and further advance his career goals for the future.

Beyond the typical qualifications one would expect to hear about a young adult eagerly awaiting to enter the workplace, John also exhibits unique traits that are atypical to the average person. John has often been referred to as the "40-year-old 20-year-old." His understanding of human nature and
interaction is arguably unparalleled by his peers. Although young, John exhibits qualities of a seasoned professional and through hard work, personal experience, and learning from his own mistakes and others', he has cultured the confidence and know-how necessary to overcome any obstacle.

News and Updates
7/6/2012 Owner Permission Obtained
7/28/2012 Project Docs Obtained
9/13/2012 CPEP Front Page Complete
9/17/2012 Building Statistics Uploaded
9/24/2012 Tech 1 Uploaded
10/21/2012 Tech 2 Uploaded
10/21/2012 Building Abstract Uploaded
11/13/2012 Tech 3 Uploaded
12/14/2012 Proposal Uploaded
12/14/2012 Building Stat Part 2 Uploaded
2/12/2014 Revised Proposal Uploaded
4/9/2014 Final Report Uploaded
4/13/2014 Presentation Uploaded



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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 John Melching.
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.