4/24/14 CPEP complete & ready for final review
4/17/14 Reflection Posted
4/10/14 Final Presentation Posted
4/08/14 Thesis Research Posted
4/07/14 Final Report & Executive Summary Posted
3/31/14 Presentation Outline Posted
1/16/14 Thesis Proposal Updated
12/12/13 Thesis Proposal Posted
11/20/13 Tech Report 4 & Presentation Posted
10/28/13 Tech Report 1 Updated
10/23/13 Building Statistics Part II Posted
10/18/13 Tech Report 3 & Presentation Posted
10/16/13 Thesis Abstract Updated
9/27/13 Tech Report 2 Posted
9/27/13 Thesis Abstract Posted
9/23/13 Tech Report 1 Posted
9/11/13 Student Bio Posted
9/11/13 Building Statistics Posted

CPEP Launched

7/10/13 Owner Permission Received




Final Report

Final Report Full Thesis Final Report

Executive Summary Only

Report Appendices Only

This comprehensive thesis is an investigation of how the James W. & Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center building functions when redesigned as a non-composite system with bar joists and steel girders with a moment frames with limited bracing. The redesign focused on both the gravity and lateral systems, including decking, floor framing members, vertical members, moment frames, and bracing. Members were designed using both hand calculations and RAM computer modeling.

The first breadth determines impacts to both the cost and the schedule for the VCU School of Medicine project due to the structural redesign. Detailed cost and schedule analyses were completed and compared to the original design. Results from the comparisons were evaluated to determine the benefits and risks of the redesign.

The redesigned structural system also caused major changes to the architecture of the project. The change in the lateral system allowed for removal of bracing, creating more open environments. The redesign provided the opportunity to alter the fire prevention measures, allowing for deletion of sprinklers in a significant area of the building.


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