Student Bio
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report

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 Sam Bridwell. 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


04/29/2015 CPEP Site Complete
04/28/2015 ABET Assessment and Thesis Reflection Posted
04/21/2015 Final Presentation Posted
04/09/2015 Final Report Posted
04/06/2015 Draft Presentation Outline and Slide Templates Posted
01/16/2015 Proposal V2 Posted
12/12/2014 Proposal V1 Posted
11/10/2014 Tech 3
10/21/2014 Building Statistics 2
10/19/2014 Abstract Posted
10/06/2014 Tech 2
09/29/2014 Abstract Paper Draft
09/20/2014 Bio Sketch
09/18/2014 Tech 1
09/16/2014 Building Statistics 1
09/15/2014 CPEP Menu Functional
09/08/2014 CPEP Site Launched
09/05/2014 Building Statistics 1 draft
08/29/2014 Thank You Letters Sent
08/17/2014 Drawings and Specs Received
06/10/2014 Owner Permission Received

Final Report

Report Summary

This report is the culmination of a comprehensive analysis of the Research and Graduate Education building and Comparative Medical Unit expansion project.  The goal of this analysis was to evaluate the merits and goals of the existing project and its systems, and then execute a proposal of alternatives intended to provide tangible benefits to the operators and occupants. Keeping in mind the project goals of quality, availability, independence, and flexibility, a modification to the existing building utilities was proposed in the form of a cogeneration plant to go alongside the existing plant in the RGE basement. In conjunction with the proposed cogeneration or CHP plant, an interconnection scheme was devised so that the plant could operate in parallel with the electric grid safely and effectively. Another auxiliary component of the proposal was the implementation of a Design-Build project delivery method in place of the then-mandatory Multiple-Prime contract structure. Based upon the analyses contained within this report, it is plausible that the proposed alternates could have had a positive effect on the design, construction and operation of the Research and Graduate Education and Comparative Medical Unit project.


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