Technical Report 1 - Existing Conditions

Technical Report 1 intends to explain the nature of the overall structural system in the American Art Museum (AAM). This understanding is gained through the use of figures and explanations concerning the foundations, floor systems, framing systems, and lateral systems of AAM. Additionally the list of applicable codes, materials, and analysis of the specified gravity and lateral loads are used to further explain the nuances of the system in its current state.








Technical Report 2 - Evaluation of Alternative Floor Systems

Technical Report 2 evaluates the existing composite floor system against the three most viable alternatives that could have been used in the design and construction of the American Art Museum (AAM). Criteria of cost, weight, depth, architectural and structural impacts, MEP coordination, serviceability, and construction considerations were analyzed to find a potential alternative system. Against the lightweight purlin-girder (non-composite), two-way flat slab with drop panels, and one-way with beams and girders, however, the existing steel-composite system proved to be the best such that no considered alternative could effectively replace the current design.








Technical Report 3 - Lateral System Analysis

Technical Report 3 analyzes the lateral loads and resistance system of Renzo Piano’s American Art Museum (AAM) through the re-creation and verification of the lateral loads and sizing of lateral elements. This is accomplished by using lateral force analyses contained in ASCE 7-05 for wind and seismic. After a careful and detailed analysis, it was determined that though the selected members are designed with adequate strength, it is extremely difficult to reconcile the differences between competing and opposing methods of lateral force analysis.







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 Sean Felton. 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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