Office Building



Sayre, PA



Seth Moyer




Final Report

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The Thesis Final Report presents the results and findings of a semester-long senior capstone project, based on the topics and work outlined in the Thesis Proposal.

The structural depth involved a lateral force resisting system redesign from braced frames to moment frames for the Office Building. The moment frame system was laid out and proportioned to control drifts due to wind loading. The frame members were then assessed for strength requirements and representative moment connections were designed and detailed.

Breadth study one involved an investigation of a new curtain wall enclosure for the Office Building and an analysis of its performance as the building's primary barrier to the outside environment. Breadth two looked further into the effects of the enclosure redesign on the heating/cooling loads of the bulding as well as its impact on the mechanical systems.

Thesis Final Report - Title Page

Full Report

Executive Summary

References and Resources

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Nash, Art. (June 2011). “Permeability of Common Building Material to Water Vapor.” Building in Alaska. University of Alaska Fairbanks. <> (March 27, 2013).

“Permeance and Permeability of Some Construction Materials.” College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia. <> (March 27, 2013).

“Product and System Specifications DuPont Tyvek CommercialWrap.” (March 2009). Product Guide Specifications: Dupont Tyvek CommercialWrap Product Specs, DuPont. <> (March 29, 2013).

“Thermafiber Safing Fire Containment Insulation.” (December 9, 20010). Safing Data Sheet, Thermafiber, Inc. <> (March 27, 2013).

“Trifab VG 451/451T.” (May 2012). Trifab VersaGlaze 451/451T – Architectural Detail Manual, Kawneer Company, Inc. <> (March 20, 2013).



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