Hershey Research Park Building One

Hershey, Pa

Jonathan Krepps

Structural Option


Thesis Propsal

Depth: The depth work for the spring semester of thesis will involve a structural system redesign. The current structure of the building is a steel moment frame with composite metal deck. The new system will be concrete. To be more specific it will be a flat slab construction with edge beams.

Breadth One: The first breadth will study the sustainability of the building. There are multiple ways to improve the sustainability of the building, but the soultion chosen is to create a green roof system. The green roof will include a water retention system which also helps with LEED certification.

Breadth Two: The second breadth will involve a more indepth study of the mechanical systems. Along with the green roof, imporving the mechanical system will help with LEED certification. The upfront costs will likely be greater, but will pay off in the long run.


Full Proposal


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