Undisclosed University,

Mid Atlantic Region, United States


Jeremy Feath

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Proposal - Revised 1/17/2014



Analysis 1: Roof System Analysis

There are current constructability issues with the roof system that has the project team desiring a different system be implemented.  Analysis 1 will focus on whether the current system can be re-sequenced in the schedule to avoid the problems associated with cold weather construction or if an alternative system will be more effective.  The alternate systems will be analyzed based on cost, schedule and cold weather constructability.  Another deciding factor is whether the owner would approve of the change based on aesthetics and quality.  This analysis will allow me to perform a structural breadth.



Analysis 2: Information Delivery from CM to FM

Analysis 2 will focus on the delivery of information between the construction manager and the facility manager.  The UEB is a highly complex building featuring detailed MEP systems and custom made equipment, so finding ways to efficiently deliver the information the facility manager needs to operate and maintain the building is key to its success in terms of research.  This area will also be the focus of a current industry topic.



Analysis 3: Clean Room Coordination and Prefabrication

The third analysis will focus on the clean room, mainly coordination between Hodess Construction and Massaro.  This situation is unique since Hodess Construction has a contract directly with the University and not Massaro, so the need to determine the relationship between the two companies is crucial to complete the clean room without any issues.  This analysis will also focus on prefabrication of the MEP system in the clean and possibly the laboratory spaces of the UEB.  The MEP systems are highly complicated and being able to prefab main runs would greatly reduce cost, time and alleviate congestion within that area.  This analysis will allow me to perform a mechanical breadth.



Analysis 4: Underground Spring Analysis

The final analysis will explore the underground spring located underneath the foundation of the building.  This spring went undetected during the geotechnical evaluation and caused critical path delays during the excavation and foundations phase of construction.  The analysis will focus on alternative systems for removal of the water aside from the permanent sump pump that was already installed by the project team.  This analysis is important due to the fact that the underground spring, if left unchecked, could cause future problems with the foundation.



Structural Breadth:

Performing a roof analysis lends itself naturally to a structural breadth analysis.  Potentially changing the roof system adds a variety of issues involving the structural system.  Issues include whether the structural system can handle a heavier system, also would structural members and decking need to be changed to account for the load changes.  This breadth will focus on the loads on the structural system caused by the different roof systems, along with re-sizing any structural members and metal decking based on the load calculation results.  Each system, including the alternatives will be part of breadth analysis.



Mechanical Breadth:

Due to the delays in construction caused by the underground spring in conjunction with the weather, the need to address the system pertaining to the underground spring is necessary.  A mechanical breadth is the next step from the analysis, since the plumbing demands for the outlined potential solutions must be researched.  This breadth will focus on determining and analyzing the plumbing loads caused by the underground spring and from there sizing any required piping and sump pump systems based on the research to properly handle all loads.  The deliverables will include the all loads required based on the spring itself and suggestions of equipment to meet the plumbing demands.



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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 Jeremy Feath. 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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