Memorial Vista

Undisclosed Future Client

Northern Virginia



William Gamble - Construction Option


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This proposal will provide an overview of the analyses that will be completed in the spring of 2014. The proposal will focus on aspects of Memorial Vista - an office building for a leading aviation tenant in northern Virginia. In order to view the proposal please click on the image to the right.


Analysis 1 – SIPS Scheduling Applied to the Building’s Façade
Memorial Vista has a façade that is made up of glazing, precast concrete panels, and metal paneling. All of these elements are bolted or welded directly to the concrete structure upon installation. For this analysis, the façade will be looked at to produce the most efficient installation of the materials that make up the façade. By implementing SIPS, the schedule should be significantly reduced in its overall time of enclosing the building, which in turn would reduce the duration of the entire project schedule.

Analysis 2 – Modularization and Study of Photovoltaic Windows
For this analysis, the installation of the windows will be studied even further. This building is made up of 65,558 square feet of glazing, where the possibility of prefabrication and modularization of the glass could be done to allow for a quicker installation time. Instead of hanging one window at a time, multiple window systems could be manufactured and then lifted into place to quickly attach to the structure. This could potentially shorten the schedule of the project and bring the team closer to their goal of turning the project over on time. To add to the value of the study of the construction of the installation of the glazing, the glass will be substituted with photovoltaic glass in order to lessen the load that the building produces.

Analysis 3 – Implementation of an Automated Parking Garage
The final analysis looks at the parking garage that was designed. The owner asked that the contractor dig to the lowest foundation level across the entire 4.7 acre site looking for contaminated soil. This is extremely time intensive, where if an alternative could be performed without excavating, both the schedule could be reduced and the owner could save on the excavation costs. To reduce the schedule time of erecting an underground parking garage, an alternative design will be looked at. The idea of implementing an automated parking garage will reduce the depth of excavation both horizontally and vertically. In the end, the goal of reducing the schedule would be potentially reached and the analysis would be considered successful. 



Electrical Breadth
The first breadth to be looked at falls under the second analysis. Here, the glazing that accompanies the structure will be looked at. These windows are being altered to be made of photovoltaic glass, where visible light passes through the window unit, but inferred light is harnessed in cells within the window and converted to electricity. A solar study will have to be completed to find where the windows should be installed based on where the benefits from the photovoltaic system could produce the best output. The electricity that they generate would then be calculated for the whole year and show how much energy they produce to reduce the buildings energy load. The photovoltaic system will then be connected with the buildings power distribution system. In the end, the cost of the windows will be compared to the output they create and the time that the windows are able to pay for themselves will be found to show the owner the upfront cost may be worth it down the road when the building is in use.

    • A model of the building to use in a solar study to see where the photovoltaic windows could be best implemented.
    • Calculations on output.
    • Calculations to see when photovoltaic windows will pay for themselves.

Architectural Breadth
The second breadth to be looked at falls under the third analysis. This analysis looks at mitigating the contaminated soil and constructing an automated parking garage in lieu of a traditional underground parking garage. For this breadth, the architectural layout will be studied. Since the parking garage designed will be removed and a new automated one will be substituted a model will be created to show the new design and circulation in and around the structure.


    • A model of the new parking garage will be produced.
    • Flow diagrams will be created.
    • A description on how the automated garage still meets all the desires of the owner and how money could be saved due to the fact there would be no human occupancy.
      • Lower insurance costs
      • Lower mechanical load
      • Lower lighting load














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 William Gamble. 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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