Breadth #1: Architectural, Contributes to Technical Analysis 2
The attempted LEED certification rating analysis described in Technical Analysis 2 provides an opportunity to look at the efficiencies of some of the various affected systems. After consultation with the project’s MEP engineer, it was discerned that some minor energy tweaks could be made to push the building from a LEED certified rating to a LEED silver rating. Currently, the building only is able to achieve 7 out of a possible 19 points in terms of energy efficiency. However, if the building was able to gain 2 points, or a 4% increase in energy efficiency, it would become gain a LEED silver rating. This breadth will do a study in an effort to report the potential energy efficiency savings Fisk Electric could have realized if they chose to install energy an architectural overhang above the facility’s windows. Currently, no such shading components building’s exterior and it is anticipated that by installing architectural overhangs, the building will easily be able to increase its energy efficiency by the required 4% and achieve a LEED silver rating. Three different types of architectural overhangs will be modeled and studied to discern the pros and cons involved with each type of architectural system.
Effects of the new architectural overhangs in terms of construction costs and schedule will also be analyzed and included in the LEED rating construction analysis.
Breadth #2: Electrical, Contributes to Technical Analysis 3
As previously stated, due to the author’s extensive study within the electrical systems design curriculum in the Penn State Architectural Engineering department, one of the depth topics covered by the author will seek to complete a partial electrical system redesign in an effort to reduce the overall cost of the system while maintaining the system’s integrity. The author will attempt to complete this by both switching out system components and actually attempting to redesign the system distribution. Once complete, both methods of improving the system will be analyzed to determine which method produced a more efficient, economical system. An analysis of the new electrical system with regards to its constructability, cost, and schedule will be completed and compared to the original with the hopes of supporting the value of the altered system.
Masters Coursework Integration: AE570 – Production Management in Construction
One point of emphasis in the AE570 course was the use of a pull system in which individuals or companies employ resources on an as-needed basis. For the purpose of this thesis report, a study will be conducted to examine the feasibility of using the idea of a pull system for transferring the information detailed in Technical Analysis 3. The main idea behind implementing this strategy is that it will minimize the time spent waiting for information between the various team members. Once a study is completed regarding the feasibility of employing this method, another study will be conducted to analyze the effects this idea would have on the overall process’s cost and schedule.