Housing & Food Services Warehouse & Bakery Expansion

State College, PA




Senior Thesis Reflection


AE 481W and AE 482 or Senior Thesis was a terrific experience. This year long thesis given myself as well as every AE student a basic understanding of how to effectively interpret and analyze different building systems.  It has also shown me what it would be like to be out in the real world of construction management. I learned so much from professionals and research.  During the Spring 2015 semester, four analyses were developed and used to analyze potential issues in the current project.  We were also assigned the task to propose solutions that provide a higher quality and more efficient design.


Overall, senior thesis taught me how to take a real world situation, find potential problems, and then develop solutions to these problems. This year has been a great learning experience and I feel I am more than prepared to enter the construction industry with the knowledge and skills learned throughout this program.



CPEP Reflection


The Capstone E-Portfolio was used to provide an interactive way to display my research, assignments, and completed work to my peers, the AE faculty at Penn State, a variety of industry members, and my friends and family. The uses for this application are endless and I personally would use a portfolio based website again. I believe this is one of the best ways for someone to show off there work and impress future employers. I will have this website forever and can always update it, which makes it so beneficial to graduating students going into the workforce.  This portfolio was challenging at some points and took a good amount of time to learn the different software and programs needed to be able to create my unique website. Overall, the experience and knowledge learned while creating the portfolio improved my web and communication skills that will help me in my future professional endeavors in the construction industry.



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 Joseph Rutt. 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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