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The Native American Cultural Center in Arizona is a one story, 48,600 sf facility created for tribe members and visitors to learn about the culture and heritage of the Arizona tribe. It has a mixed-use occupancy with museum, auditorium, classrooms, offices, and art rooms. The following report details the redesign of portions of the lighting, electrical, mechanical, and architectural systems within the building. The lighting design pertains to the entry lobby, promenade, classroom and museum, with an overarching concept to embrace: embrace nature, embrace culture, and embrace the world in which we live. The purpose of the cultural center is to bring both tribe and public together to learn, understand, and celebrate the tribe’s culture and heritage. The lighting depth is deeply integrated with the architectural depth in which the ceiling panels were designed. Like with the lighting design, there exist two goals for the architectural breadth, and those are to bring harmony between the education and public sides of the cultural center and to further create an interactive and immersive learning environment for visitors and tribe members alike. In the electrical depth, the branch circuiting of the electrical system has been modified appropriately in response to the lighting changes. The electrical depth also looked into switching to aluminum wiring and the feasibility of a generator for emergency power. The mechanical breadth explores the effects of different glass types on the mechanical loads in the classroom and lobby spaces using COMFEN and Carrier HAP. Please note that this project has been placed on indefinite hold by the Owner. For this reason, project name, location, tribe name, construction data, and cost data have been omitted from this documentation.

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User 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-in-progress 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 Lindsay Frederick. Changes and discrepencies 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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