Joseph Bonacci

Constuction Option

Charlottesville Community Hospital
Charlottesville, VA


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    Thesis Proposal - 12/16/13 Thesis Proposal - 1/17/14              

- Analysis 1: -

Analysis one involves the implementation of an on-site storage facility for construction materials. This would present a solution to the concerns such as limited site laydown space and delivery congestion.  The temporary loading docks and material hoist would see less daily traffic, which leave more room for car traffic throughout the parking garage, and tradesmen traveling from floor to floor.  Material delays would be minimal with the new minor delivery restrictions because of the added staging space.  An allotted area of space would need to be allotted for each contractor, with preference to those with large building materials like ductwork, and drywall.  A member from the project team would be in charge of overseeing the operations of this facility.  Their duties would include managing the storage space, accepting deliveries, and creating specific deliveries to go on-site.  These special site deliveries would include materials from multiple trades, depending on what is needed for that day. 


- Analysis 2: -

A second analysis consists of the installation of wind turbines on the penthouse roof.  An alternate source of renewable energy such as this is not prevalent in the scope of the new hospital.  Wind turbines will be mounted near the edge of the roof where they are designed to capture the updraft wind that travels up along the building’s façade.  If successful, this strategy will contribute to an electrical cost reimbursement to the owner.  Also, the project team’s goal achieve a LEED Gold Certification may become more achievable by this renewable energy source.  The effects of this cost savings will be studied in an electrical breadth to determine the turbines effectiveness. 


- Analysis 3: -

Prefabricated brick panels on the East and South façade represent another analysis topic.  This façade system is composed of either hollow or solid bricks that are assembled in an offsite facility, and then delivered to the site in the appropriate dimensions.  Because they are prefabricated offsite, the risk of a construction related injury is decreased.  Also, this solution eliminates the need for brick pallets and mortar supplies on the jobsite which are the main causes of congestion.  The brick panels would be installed via crane, which eliminates the need for scaffolding.  Without the stationary scaffolding wrapping the East and South facades, all egress points would be accessible and the risk of an injury from falling objects would be decreased. 


- Analysis 4: -

A safety protocol for the distribution of materials such as ductwork, drywall, and metal stud will specifically be researched as to the best way to transport and store them inside.  A plan for specific locations of materials like these to be stored will also be designed.  These areas will be a combination of unfinished rooms and general spaces throughout each floor.  A floor plan will be devised to show exactly where to put materials as they enter the building.  These locations may need to be changed as construction progresses, but they will be planned for.  The goal is to provide tradesmen with an organized way of moving materials around without wasting time or getting injured.


- Breadth 1: - Electrical

The study of the power generated from a renewable energy source will be analyzed.  Either a photovoltaic panel system or a rooftop wind turbine apparatus will be used to create this alternate energy.  The electrical power generated will be dispensed back into the grid for compensation to the owner for electrical costs.  This savings will be calculated over a period of time to determine a reasonable payback time scale.   The most applicable option for renewable power will be chosen after further analysis.  Once determined, the constructability measures for installation and maintenance will be analysis.  Lastly, a schedule modification will be conducted to justify the new rooftop addition.

- Breadth 2: - Mechanical

An energy analysis of the building will be performed with the addition of the new brick panels to the East and South facade.  These panels will be assembled off site and delived to the project when they are needed.  With better insulation principles, this façade assembly may reduce the energy demand of the building.  The results of the increased R-value and weather proofing materials will be analyzed.  Additionally, the means of erection and installation methods will be discussed to further discover schedule and costs adjustments. 
  “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 Joseph Bonacci. 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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