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


Proposal V2:


Proposal V1:


Current Work Schedule:


Depth Analysis: Combined Heat and Power Implementation

The base of the mechanical alternate system will be a new configuration of the RGE basement plant to provide the RGE, CMU expansion, and additional campus expansion with utilities all generated on-site via natural gas combustion. Ancillary components of the redesign will include general resizing and reconfiguring of systems and equipment coinciding with the implementation of CHP.  Also, potential changes to secondary equipment selection and façade choice will be considered in order to maximize effectiveness of a CHP strategy.  In an additional move to reinforce long-term benefits, more robust feedback mechanisms will be implemented. The intended goal of the redesign with a combined heat and power plant will be to prove long-term cost and operation benefits while providing dependable utilities and maintaining a top level of operability.


Construction Management Breadth Analysis: Alternative Procurement Process

At the time of bidding in 2011, the state of Ohio mandated that all building projects funded with state money were to be awarded as competitive multiple-prime contracts. As a higher education project, the NEOMED RGE + CMU fell under this ruling and was multiple prime. Since early 2012, Ohio has changed their stance and now allows single-prime contracting for state funded building. The considered construction management breadth would be to consider the potential benefits of using a single-prime delivery on the project. The project experienced notable over-runs due to weather and contractor delays; creating mock schedules of single-vs-multiple prime delivery and comparing the two could shine light on potential savings of both money and time.


Electrical Breadth Analysis: Power Interconnect and Black Start Capability

Coinciding with the inclusion of a combined heat and power system will be the need for properly designed power interconnection with the existing grid.  In addition, the new CHP plant will have provisions made to provide black start capabilities, allowing the plant to restart in the event of a blackout.