Architectural Breadth:

The architectural breadth will be considered before the main structural depth. The new site location in Hanover, Maryland must be strategically selected to provide enough land, accessibility, and minimal environmental impact. The site will be investigated based on those properties to provide smooth transition of the building.

The occupancy change will be the next step investigated. New floor plans will be designed to convert the interior of the building to a luxury hotel complete with a reception desk, gift shop, and an interactive arcade. The scub floors will be redesigned as maintenance floors with a full service laundry rooms and employee break rooms. The main floor will contain a check-in desk, offices, a gift shop, bar and an interactive game room. It will also be the main entrance to the indoor water park.

The second floor will contain meeting spaces that can be rented out and a couple up scaled hotel rooms. The 3rd floor to the 7th floor will be similar in layout consisting of single and double hotel rooms.  

Next the layout of the 45,000 square foot waterpark will be designed by industry code and standards. Park layout, guest flow, and ride design will all be considered when planned. Existing water park layouts will be studied to help aid in the design. Column location will also be considered before the structure is designed.  Guest flow charts will be created to show the attractions provided and how a guest will flow throughout the park.  Figure 17 below shows the estimated dimensions layout for the addition.

Façade and roofing will be selected based from an architectural aesthetics and an engineering stand point.  Sky lights will be used on the roofing structure to allow light inside of the space to incorporate the feeling of being outdoors while completely enclosed.

Structural Depth:

The water park’s gravity and lateral system will both be designed using steel. Steel joist girders will span across the water parks short span minimizing the amount of columns inside of the structure. This allows for an open floor plan for the indoor water park and allows for future layout changes.

The hotel’s two way concrete slabs will be redesigned with a composite steel decking system. A concrete system was sensible design material for Prince Frederick Hall due to its location on campus, occupancy, and fire rating. A steel design is an adequate choice because it allows for long spans with small depths. The indoor waterpark additive would not be feasible economically or architecturally constructed with concrete. Using steel for the whole design increases ease of constructability on site and shorter constructions periods. The new steel composite decking could be more economical than the existing 2-way slabs; cost analysis will be done to determine if this is possible.

Mechanical Breadth:

Indoor water parks demand a comfortable climate. In order for humans to be comfortable in an environment, the loss of body heat should be kept minimal and the surrounding environment should be kept at a constant temperature. For the indoor water park, a HVAC system will be designed to maintain a constant temperature and minimize humidity. A 100% outside air system will be selected because the air inside is filled with humidity and odor from the pool water treatment chemicals which cannot be reused. A basic design understanding that 30-40 inch diameter HVAC ducts will be used inside of the building.


Here is a list of all of the submitted proposals in order of completion(Picture link above is the most up to date):

Proposal December 2013

Proposal January 17th, 2014


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‐inprogress 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 Victoria Interval. 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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