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Depth: Mechanical Systems


The proposed mechanical redesign includes incorporating a ground-coupled heat pump to replace the air-handing unit used to condition the main office. This will use less energy and prevent the air-handling units in the production area from being overloaded by allowing the office air-handing unit to act as a backup on days of extreme heat. Fabric ducts will also be researched to find one that is durable enough to stay intact with little maintenance while providing an antimicrobial surface. A maintenance plan will be explored to increase ease of access to the fabric duct. The excess heat produced by the production equipment will be exhausted to the outside in the summer months and used as free heating for the packaging area in the winter.
Breadth 1: Acoustics


The proposed acoustical breadth will design a system that reduces sound levels in the production and packaging areas of the facility. These high noise levels can be damaging to the employee’s hearing on a temporary or permanent basis. Although the Water Bottling Facility requires all people in these loud spaces to use hearing protection to prevent this damage, hearing protection in combination with loud background noise levels can reduce speech intelligibility. Designing an acoustical plan that can reduce the background noise level will create a better work environment for the people in these spaces by reducing their risk for hearing loss and improving communication.


Breadth 2: Photovoltaics

The addition of photovoltaics to the Water Bottling Facility will be considered to reduce energy cost and improve environmental impact.  An analysis will be run to discover the best type of photovoltaic system for the flat roof of the building.  From this the optimal size module will be selected and laid out in a pattern that allows for maximum power generation and maintenance accessibility.  A review of the implications of using batteries to store excess energy will be complied along with the system output data.

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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 Justyne Neborak. 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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