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Final Report

This is the thesis final report, which will provide 4 in depth analysis of the Educational Activities
Building project, located at Penn State Harrisburg. From the technical assignment performed
in the fall semester, four problems or opportunities were identified to improve the construction
process of this project. 

Analysis 1: Alternative Roof System (Green Roof)
An opportunity for gaining more potential LEED credits to obtain LEED Silver Certification.
An in depth research has been done on different green roof systems an d the current roof
system was investigated to ensure the structural stability when the green roof is added.
As a result an extensive green roof system was chosen for the Educational Activities
Building which would cover 16,000 SQFT of the roof area. The green roof will take 4 days
to be installed with a total cost of $181,120. This is a high initial cost for the new roof
system; however the return on investment could be seen within the lifespan of the green
roof. The biggest benefits are increased real estate value, stormwater management and
reducing energy consumptions which results in utility savings.

Analysis 2: MEP Systems Prefabrication/Modularization
Prefabrication/Modularization is a critical industry issue that was considered for the
Educational Activities Building project at the 22nd annual PACE Roundtable. MEP systems
are the second most building systems that implement prefabrication. The prefabrication
scope includes the main ductwork, electrical conduit and plumbing pipes. After a thorough
research of this construction method and looking at case studies from previous project it
was determined that MEP systems prefabrication will slice the schedule by 41 days. The
original MEP systems completion day was 1/9/2014 but after the schedule reduction it was
moved to an earlier date 11/13/2013.  As for the implementation cost, the total labor
savings is $362,329.52 and the general conditions savings is $130,238.14.

Analysis 3: Structural Steel Sequencing
it had been identified that there is a room for improvements in the steel sequence.
Because it is on the critical path, many other tasks are dependent on it. To eliminate
any potential delays, a new sequence plan is proposed, which will make the process
more efficient, save 8 days from the project schedule and $27,328.32.

Analysis 4: Technology Integration for Information Management
The owner of this project “Penn State” is one of the industry leaders when it comes to
the use of BIM thanks to the Office of Physical Plant. BIM is heavily used on the Educational
Activities Building project but there is a room for more BIM uses such as a project document
management and building maintenance scheduling. Additionally, tablets and desktop
stations will be used in the field to increase productivity. The cost for the tablets and desktop
stations are between $10,000 and $13,000 with a general condition savings of $2,565 per
week which results in a $164,160 savings over the entire project schedule.

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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-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 Meshal Alenezi. 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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