Scott Molongoski~ Structural Option

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Baltimore, MD


Structural Depth:

The proposal for this thesis was an investigation of the necessary structural design changes required to design the Gateway as a museum rather than as a residence hall. The live loads for a museum are considerably higher than those for a residence hall. This fact led to changes in the gravity system of the structure, specifically an increase in strength of the concrete floor slabs. The increased live and dead loads, along with architectural changes that increase the floor-to-floor height of the structure, necessitate new designs for the columns, including new sizes, reinforcement, and slenderness checks.

Changes to the gravity system and the overall number of floors required an in-depth look at the Gateway lateral system. Under the new loading conditions and gravity structure it was important to check if the shear walls could resist the new lateral loads and to redesign them if they could not. Changes in the overall superstructure of the building also required that the foundation of the building be assessed to handle the new loading conditions.

Architecture and Sustainability Breadths:

In addition to the structural depth of this thesis, two breadth topics were also studied. An architectural breadth was chosen due to the many changes required to make the Gateway adequate for a museum. Changes to the floor plan, circulation of people, elevations, and façade were all analyzed. Sustainability was chosen as the second breadth due to the Gateway’s lack of sustainable features. A green roof was designed for the building as an additional architectural component as well as a sustainable measure to reach LEED certification. Several LEED credits were also deemed feasible to achieve in the Gateway, thus accumulating enough credits for the building to become LEED certified.

Executive Summary PDF

Full Report below:


Project Timeline:

4/22/13- ABET Assessment and Reflection Posted

4/9/13- Presentation Posted

4/3/13- Final Report Posted

1/14/13- Building Statistics 2 Posted

1/8/13- Revised Proposal Posted

12/14/12- Thesis Proposal Complete

11/12/12- Tech Report Three Complete

10/22/12- Thesis Abstract Posted

10/12/12- Tech Report Two Complete

09/28/12- Thesis Abstract Submitted

09/17/12- Tech Report One Complete

09/10/12- Student Bio Complete

09/7/12- Home Page Posted

08/31/12- Building Statistics 1 Complete

07/03/12- Obtained Project Documents

06/26/12- Owner Permission Recieved





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-in-progress 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 Scott Molongoski. 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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