After performing three technical reports analyzing the Aria Health Emergency Department Expansion project, many aspects of the building presented possibilities for improvement. Throughout this proposal, four analysis areas will be proposed for the purpose of study during the Spring Thesis Project. The areas of sustainable construction, schedule acceleration, constructability, and value engineering will be examined.
Analysis 1 will focus on the implementation and integration of sustainable construction practices, focusing on water reclamation and on-site renewable energy. The Aria Health ED Expansion is currently being tracked as LEED Certified, however this may not be accomplished. There are several opportunities for improvement in sustainability, of which the capture and reuse of rainwater for sewage conveyance and irrigation will be analyzed, in addition to the installation of photovoltaic panels for electricity generation.
Analysis 2 will provide an in-depth look into the modularization and prefabrication of the emergency department treatment rooms. The primary objective of this analysis will be to accelerate the schedule due to the 40 lost work days from inclement weather and permitting issues. It is believed that modularization will not only implement more efficient productivity, but also reduce material waste and site congestion, provide a safer working environment, and improve quality control and quality assurance. A revised site logistics plan and construction sequence will be necessary, along with a revised project schedule.
Analysis 3 is geared toward studying the constructability of the new addition tie-in to the existing hospital, with the goal of producing minimal patient impact and sustaining patient safety and wellbeing. Investigations will consist of increased ICRA requirements, noise control, construction times, and an effort in eliminating construction fumes from entering the hospital outside air intakes. The addition of an effective cross-functional team may be considered, to provide a more collaborative project environment. In an effort to increase communication and collaboration, the possibility of collocation will also be studied.
Analysis 4 will provide a value engineering study pertaining to the energy efficiency of the current building façade, where an alternate façade and operable solar shading devices will be considered. It is anticipated that with the implementation of a more efficient wall construction and solar deflection, cooling costs may be reduced providing for more affordable building operation. An energy model will be constructed, comparing the energy efficiency of the current building façade with the alternate system. This model will then be converted to operating costs, where an economic analysis will be conducted.
Through each of the four aforementioned analyses, this thesis will provide valuable insight on improvements in sustainability, energy efficiency, and the integration of innovative construction techniques as they pertain to the Aria Health ED Expansion project.
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 Robert Stano.
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