Seneca Allegany Casino/Hotel Addition
Salamanca, NY


Nicholas Reed
Structural Option

Welcome to Nicholas Reed's AE Senior Thesis Website

Senior Thesis e-Studio


The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.







AE 481 and 482
This past year taught me a few things about how to work efficiently and independently, while learning a few things about time management. Being the sole person responsible for the output of this entire project was a major confidence booster. Working through each Technical Report really reinforced everything we've learned over the years in this program because we were forced to apply concepts to a specific building, while gaining a better understanding of exactly how that building was designed. The spring semester allowed more freedom and creativity by allowing us to attempt a redesign. This was a major challenge and was extremely rewarding because it allowed us to see what it may be like to start a project from scratch in the professional world.

The electronic portfolio was a great asset for the entirety of this thesis. The fact that we could reference past projects from years back saved a lot of time and effort because we could see exactly what the deliverables should look like. Posting our assignments here also made it easier for faculty to access, as well as the professionals involved with the building, and allowed faster constructive feedback. Lastly, I personally had no experience with web page design, so this was a good way to learn the skill.

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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 Nicholas Reed. 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.

This page was last updated on 10/4/12 by Nick Reed and is hosted by the AE Department ©2012-2013