main facade

The Environmental Studies Lab

East Coast, USA

Codi Shine

Construction Option


Construction Analyses

Analysis 1:  The first analysis is performing research on an alternative delivery method.  A delivery method researched in this analysis is design build.  The main push would be to get the general contractor involved early which would help accelerate the schedule.  It is expected that this analysis will be more efficient than the current delivery method.  Not only will it improve the schedule, but it will improve the coordination and communication between the parties.

Analysis 2:  The second analysis is a short interval production schedule (SIPS).  This analysis should also accelerate the schedule since it can be applied in the 18 large labs.  When combined with prefabrication of the overhead MEP work, it can shorten the schedule as well as reduce waste.  This analysis will also look at an interstitial space.  This will help with renovations and rearrangements of the space below the interstitial space or the interstitial space itself.

Analysis 3:  A façade study will be performed for the third analysis.  The purpose of this study is also to accelerate the schedule but also add value engineering to the project.  By researching different materials, there could be fewer subcontractors and fewer materials.  This would save money on the project. However, the most important thing is to not compromise the architect’s objective.

Analysis 4:  The final analysis is on the implementation of building information modeling (BIM).  Since BIM was not really used on this project, there will be researched performed on how it may improve the project and the schedule.  This analysis also includes the critical industry issue of facility management.  The expected outcome for this is to prove how a BIM facility management would be helpful.  The facility manager should be trained and educated on how to maintain a piece of equipment.  This analysis will include guidelines on how to perform this.

Breadth Topics

Architectural Breadth

Per the façade study in analysis 3, an architectural breadth would be the most probable breadth to perform.  Since changing the façade has so many construction benefits, the result will be shown and evaluated in this architectural breadth.  I will look into blending the façade with the surrounding buildings and the environment.  This will hopefully help eliminate the “wall” between the inside and the outside.  There will be some sort of visual model to display what changes have been made. 

Mechanical Breadth

Since there is a façade study changing the materials, a mechanical breadth would be appropriate.  With this mechanical breadth, there is a possibility for a condensation analysis in the wall.  This would show how much condensation would be behind the façade with these materials.  I will use the IES Virtual Environment program to complete this analysis and determine vapor pressures through the surfaces of the wall.  I will then be able to determine what measures need to be taken, if any, to prevent the buildup of condensation.  Another analysis possible with this breadth is an R-value calculation.  By changing the façade, it could affect the R-value in a negative way by making it a lower value. 



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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 Codi Shine. 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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