Thesis Proposal

Original: 12/15/2013

Revision: 1/30/2013

Revision: 2/24/2013

Breadth Topics (updated 1/30/2014)

Structural: Multi-purpose Room Structural Analysis for Green Roof Application

Within the depth analysis looking into the addition of a green roof, a breadth topic will analyze the structural integrity of the roof below it. This will specifically show whether the current structural system in the roof of the first floor multi-purpose room (K-series joists) is capable of supporting the future addition of a green roof without further reinforcement. An investigation to metal decking, beam sizing and footing sizing will also be conducted as necessary. Existing structural members, including columns and footings, will be resized if they are deemed inadequate for the new load. If further structural reinforcement is required, the spacing of the joists, columns, and footings will be altered. If changes are to be made based on my investigation, a cost analysis of structural system upgrades will be calculated so that the desired green roof can be applied.
This analysis will be done by accessing notes from AE 404, CE397 and by performing a simple structural analysis of the system in place with the new dead loads of the vegetation. Using beam tables for K-series joists and RS Means, new reinforcement can be sized and priced to meet the necessary load requirements. Concluding the investigation, a report of any structural changes will be presented along with any associated cost changes.


Architectural: Investigation of mechanical equipment access for the incorporation of Prevention through Design

In order to decrease the risk of falls for workers and future maintenance staff, the mechanical equipment access points throughout the building and in the mechanical room will be analyzed. Considering factors such as access height, the use of a ladder in a high traffic area, and ease of access in general, high risk locations will be investigated and new solutions for relocation will be proposed. To be considered for relocation, access points must be greater than 8 feet above the finished floor level since anything greater will require a ladder. Access points in the entrance and common areas will also be considered due to their proximity to high volumes of moving students. Having easily accessible maintenance locations for mechanical equipment will greatly relieve pressure on George Mason University staff and further influence Prevention through Design. The findings of this investigation, along with any mechanical access modifications (marked on drawings), will be presented in a report.










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 Brad Williams. 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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