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Course Reflection:

The Penn State Architectural Engineering Senior Thesis Project proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience, as it helped to shape my understanding of the construciton industry. Throughout the Fall semester during the 2013-2014 school year, the three technical reports that were performed encompassed detailed analyses concerning cost, schedule, constructability, sustainability, and logistics. These technical reports helped us to dive into the details of our individual projects to fully understand how the buildings were being built, contracted, and financed. During the Spring semester, we produced our own analyses where four construction depth topics were developed, along with two breadth topics in areas of design. Each student was to identify areas for improvement within their respective buildings and perform an detailed analysis on each area concerning cost, schedule, logictics, contracts, constructability, or sustainability. Each analysis was tailored specifically to the project, but was not intended in any way to criticize the actual project team. The results for each of the depth analyses were then compiled into a final report, where ultimately each analysis was either recommended for implementation or not recommended. Overall, the Senior Thesis Capstone Project was very beneficial to my educational development within the construction industry.

CPEP Reflection:

This Capstone E-Portfolio is used to sumarize the work that I have done throughout the 2013 and 2014 academic year. The calculations and work found throughout this thesis can be used by future students, faculty, or outside parties as a reference if they so wish.



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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 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

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