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
Final Proposal
Final Proposal (Revision)

Thesis Final Proposal Overview

The first area of analysis takes the issue of paper construction documents and implements mobile technology to save costs and schedule delays. The second area of analysis focuses on the similar bathroom units, recognizing the wasted time and similarity of constructing each individual unit, and utilizing modularization to save time, space and money. The third area of analysis focuses on the amount of time taken to construct the brick facade using the traditional, stick built method and implementing a prefabricated facade. The final area of analysis notices an insignificant sustainability representation of the project and will implement further sustainable design features in hopes to raise the current LEED rating.

Breadth Overview

The demonstration of breadth in Architectural Engineering will be accomplished in two analysis topics. The purpose of breadth analysis is to illustrate the breadth skills outside of the construction option. The first breadth topic is related to Analysis #3, façade prefabrication. The second area of breadth is related to Analysis #4, implementing grey-water recapture as a sustainable design feature.

Breadth 1- Structural Breadth: Facade Prefabrication

The structural breadth will involve changing the current brick façade system to a prefabricated facade. This new system will consist of a 3” concrete face, 2” of rigid insulation, and a 4” concrete outer face that will be faced with a thin brick to achieve similar architectural finish. The new façade design is expected to increase the load of each exterior beam. With that being said, this breadth study will compare the load each façade system delivers to a beam of a representative bay on the Multi-Use High Rise project. The total load, point load, total moment, total deflection and live load deflection will all be compared to see whether the current structural beam can withstand the increase in façade loading. This breadth study will show whether each load increases or decreases when switching from a stick-built façade to a prefabricated façade. This load calculation, as well as a cost and schedule comparison, will allow a final decision when recommending a prefabricated façade.

Breadth 2- Mechanical Breadth: Grey-Water Recapture System

The mechanical breadth will include implementing a grey-water recapture system to the project. This system will allow the project to increase its sustainability and LEED rating, and also save the owner costs. This implementation will require alterations to the plumbing system to allow the recapture system to become effective throughout each apartment unit. When analyzing grey-water recapture, the typical gallons of waste water through the sink, shower, laundry, and dishwasher will be taken into consideration. The new system will consist of two sets of plumbing risers, separating grey and black water. The grey water will be processed through a filtration and aeration tank unit, and then pumped to irrigate green roofs. When implementing this system the construction cost and schedule will be altered, as well as an improvement to the sustainability of the building. The overall owner cost will also be reduced, saving the owner money over time. Analysis will be presented in a comparison of the current system’s construction cost, schedule, owner cost, and LEED rating.













































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 September 6, 2013 by Ryan MacNichol and is hosted by the AE Department (C) 2014