Medical Office Building
North-East United States

Kale Mullikin
Mechanical Option

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Mechanical Depth Study:

The proposed thesis will analyze the potential benifit of converting the current propane-fueled rooftop units of the Medical Office Building to a geothermal system. The geothermal system would also supply the cooling for the building. This proposed system would reduce the monthly utility costs as well as provide a greener way to heat and cool the building.


Structural Breadth Study:

Due to the need to change the rooftop units to units that will be compatible with a geothermal system, the structural system of the roof will need to be analyzed to determine if the current structure will be able to handle the change in load. These new units may be heavier along with the fact that there may need to additional units added.


Electrical Breadth Study:

The current design for the electrical system is for the two current rooftop units. With a change to a geothermal system, the units will need to be changed. These new units may have a different power demand than the current units along with the fact that there may need to be a different number of units on the roof. This change in load will cause the need to analyze the current panel and wire sizing and determine what changes, if any will be needed.


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 Kale Mullikin. 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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