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The Senior Thesis Capstone Project focused on studying and analyzing the design and construction of the Penn State Health and Human Development Building. The goal of the fall semester was to complete 3 technical reports that focused on gaining a full understanding of the building features and systems, as well as the construction practices utilized to install the work. The spring semester utilized the technical reports to develop 4 analysis topics to determine alternative ways to solve major problem areas on the project. The goal of the analyses was to accelerate the schedule while improving quality and increasing safety of the workers. This work was compiled into a final report and presented to faculty members. The entire process taught me about different building systems and how they are installed on the job site, as well as how to come up with alternative solutions to further improve the project.
The Capstone E-Portfolio is a great way for students, faculty, and industry members to find and understand the work that is being completed for the year. It helps to discover new industry trends and solutions that are being proposed throughout the world. The CPEP also allows students and faculty to display and track their progress over the course of the year.