Ryan C. MacNichol
Penn State AE Senior Thesis
Construction Management
Multi-Use High Rise
Washington DC Area
Donohoe Construction Company
Ryan's Biography
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report
Senior Thesis e-Studio
The following is the final report to Ryan's 2014 Senior Thesis:

This final report is made up of a project overview, four technical analysis areas, a structural breadth analysis and a mechanical breadth analysis. The specific details are as follows:

Technical Analysis 1: Mobile Technology Integration

Mobile technology is an ever-increasing technique in the construction industry, which enables the overall construction management process to be much more efficient. This analysis examines the LATISTA tablet computer program, and how its integration to various projects has been a success, in an effort to apply the appropriate implementation to the Multi-Use High Rise project. Mobile technology will benefit this project due to accessibility to drawings and coordination in the field, email and correspondence, and daily safety evaluations and checklists. Based on case studies, this project will potentially save $2,028/week with a total savings of $210,912. Over the entire project in costs, while increasing quality, efficiency, and customer service.

Technical Analysis 2: Bathroom Modularization

The Multi-Use High Rise project has an extremely tight and congested site, as well as a very tight schedule. Modularization will allow some of the work to be relocated to an offsite facility and allow the bathroom units to be constructed prior to their arrival to the site location. This will clear up some traffic on the project site, as well as time savings. Implementing bathroom modularization allows for more than ten weeks in time savings, as well as a cost increase of $18,349.76.

Technical Analysis 3: Alternative Structural System

The Multi-Use High Rise project is currently utilizing a traditional, stick-built brick façade system. This analysis will implement a prefabricated panel façade system in exchange for the original façade. This new system will reduce the project duration, clear space on a cluttered jobsite, as well as affect the total cost. Implementing the prefabricated façade will speed up the schedule by 47 weeks, but increase total costs by $830,304.80.

Technical Analysis 4: Greater Sustainable Design

Sustainability is becoming an industry leading criteria for almost any project. The Multi-Use High Rise project is currently on track to receive a LEED certification, due to its sustainable efforts. There are several sustainable strategies that this project is missing out on, that can increase the project’s LEED rating. Analysis four will focus implementing greater sustainable design methods to increase the LEED rating. With the recommended additions to the project, the LEED rating will be increased to a LEED Silver certification.


Final Report
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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‐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 Ryan MacNichol. 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.

This page was last updated on April 25, 2014 by Ryan MacNichol and is hosted by the AE Department (C) 2014