14th & U

Washington, D.C.


Russell Voigt
Construction Option


Analysis #1: Underground Parking Garage Extension

Since the original underground parking garage occupies only a portion of the building footprint, the proposed analysis involves the extension of this underground parking area into the entirety of the building footprint, demanding a larger but shallower area of excavation. With adjacent buildings and geotechnical constraints in mind, the impact of this extension on the schedule and budget shall be investigated.

Breadth #1: Foundation Redesign (Structural)

To compliment the first analysis, a structural breadth shall be performed in an effort to redesign the building foundation in order to best accommodate the parking garage exteension. It shall be designed in a way that allows the entirety of the building foundation to function as a single system and mitigate the risk of differential settlement.

Analysis #2: Critical Industry Issue- Prevention Through Design In Excavations

This analysis wil include research exploring methods of incorporating prevention through design during the excavation phases of a construction project, which is where a majority of jobsite accidents occur. The research will aim to find ways of changing design documents, specifications, and means and methods of excavation to allow for safer work environments.

Analysis #3: Site Specific Safety Plan

This analysis proposes a site-specific safety plan for the excavation phase of the redesign in Analysis #1 in which the prevention through design research will be implemented in the plan as well as the design of the new building foundation.  OSHA regulations pertaining to excavation operations will be a focus as well as public safety, since the project site is very confined and exposed to the public.

Analysis #4: Geothermal Well Installation

This shall involve the installation of a geothermal well system to serve the mechanical needs of the ground-level retail spaces, which will create scheduling and budget impacts to be analyszed. A constructability study in coordination with the current AGM pile foundation will be conducted, as well. 

Breadth #2: Design Geothermal Well (Mechanical)

A mechanical breadth shall be performed in order to efficiently size the geothermal loops and sufficiently serve the mechanical needs of the ground-level retail spaces.



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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 Russell Voigt. 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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