Cameron Mikkelson

Construction Management

Silverado Senior Living

1105 Davidson Road

Brookfield, WI 53045

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Thesis Proposal


Analysis 1: Re-sequencing of the Project Schedule

Silverado began construction in September 2012 with the civil and site work before the construction documents were finalized. This was followed by erecting the foundation during the winter months, which required additional equipment, facilities, and man power for the masonry foundation walls and the slab on grade. In order to eliminate these extra costs but still make the September 2013 deadline, I will re-sequence the schedule to avoid the excess expenses associated with working during the winter. This evaluation will also include a cost benefit analysis that compares the differences in schedule and the related equipment, labor, and facilities costs.  
Analysis 2: Installation of Rooftop Solar Panels

Silverado uses wood trusses to support the roofing system, and because of the large amount of open rooftop area, this analysis will focus on the installation of solar panels. The deadline for September 2013 is strict, so I will develop a schedule that will account for this work without delaying the intended substantial completion date. This study will account for any cost and schedule impacts on other trades, as well as the panel’s contribution to a potential LEED certification. Also, I will perform a cost analysis that shows what additional expenses will be associated with this process. 

Analysis 3: Schedule Acceleration through SIPS

The facility contains 50 sleeping units which are broken up into three different layouts. Because of the repetitive layout, I will develop a SIPS for the MEP rough-ins of each different layout. This evaluation will determine the time saved by implementing this method and costs associated with the reduction in schedule. This process is dependent on early and frequent communication between the involved trades, so I will also create a process map that outlines proper implementation of SIPS for the sleeping units. Because the following analysis explores prefabricated structural panels, this evaluation will also show how implementing prefabricated structural panels would be influenced by utilizing SIPS.

Analysis 4: Prefabrication of Interior Structural Panels (Critical Industry Issue)

The interior shear walls are already shop fabricated, so this study will explore incorporating the in-wall plumbing rough-in into this process. The relatively open site can provide a location to assemble these components and ultimately could speed up the erection of the superstructure. This analysis will determine the savings associated with the reduction in schedule versus the additional costs needed to fabricate the panels.

Breadth 1: Structural Design Considerations Due to Additional Load from the Solar Panels

This breadth expands on the installation of rooftop solar panels. Because of the added weight, a structural analysis is needed to determine if the current roof truss system can support the additional load. If necessary, the roof trusses will need to be redesigned to accommodate the weight from the panels. This evaluation will show whether or not adding solar panels, from a structural standpoint, is cost effective after making any needed design changes.


  • Analysis of current structural system and load bearing capacity of the roof trusses
  • Structural analysis based on additional load from the solar panels and potential modifications needed to support the extra weight
  • If changes are needed, a cost analysis to between the old and new systems will be performed
  • Based the results, a conclusion will be made on if the installing solar panels is cost effective from a structural perspective

Breadth 2: Modifications Needed for the Electrical System to Implement Solar Panels

The solar panels have great potential to reduce utility costs because they generate power from the Sun’s radiation. This analysis will show how much power the panels could generate over a given amount of time as well as the respective savings.  Also, this cost analysis will incorporate any added expenses from procurement, installation, additional equipment, and operational costs involved in this process. Silverado is close to obtaining a LEED certification, but the owner was not interested in pursuing that option. Using a LEED evaluation, this breadth will determine how many points solar panels would earn if used on this project, and if they are sufficient to earn a LEED certification.


  • Solar panel locations and sizing of conduit and wiring needed for the system
  • Expected payback period for the solar panels based on solar and shading analyses
  • LEED analysis for Silverado and potential points earned from the solar power generated
  • Cost analysis to determine the energy savings versus costs from utilizing solar panels
  • Conclusion on if the panels are a worthwhile endeavor based cost of the system, performance, schedule impacts, and LEED contributions

 News and Updates

CPEP Complete 5/5/2014

ABET Assessment Posted 4/23/2014

Presentation Posted 4/23/2014

Final Report Posted 4/9/2014

Presentation Outline Posted 4/2/2014

Revised Proposal Posted 2/7/2014

Proposal Posted 12/16/2013

Technical Assignment 2 Posted 12/16/2013

Technical Assignment 1 Posted 12/16/2013

Building Statistics Part 2 Posted 10/25/2013

Abstract Posted 10/21/2013

Building Statistics Part 1 Posted 10/1/2013

Owner Permission Obtained 6/17/2013

Preliminary CPEP Draft 9/6/2013

CPEP Launched 9/12/2013



Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and completeinformation on the pages 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 Ian Bower. 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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