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AbstractThe goal of this project was to design a multipurpose three-story building that creates a new hub for businesses and student housing, encompassing a complete transportation, hydrological, structural, and geotechnical design of the building and site while adhering to all applicable building codes. Based on calculations of expected daily trips, turning movement analysis, and Highway Capacity Software analysis, the new site plan is designed to optimize parking spaces, landscaped areas, and access. Along with a newly designed grading plan, a hydrological flood analysis was done to design underground stormwater storage tanks and the final grading plan. The building itself was designed as a steel-braced moment frame designed to support gravity, wind, and seismic loading per the LRFD procedure. Utilizing the LRFD critical load combination the most economical size of structural members including beams, columns, girders, lateral bracing, and connections where chosen. The design was then entered into SAP2000 to model the building behavior. Given the column loads and soil properties, the site s soil bearing capacity was calculated to design isolated footings with reinforcing tensile rebar. Decisions were made to use recycled materials and energy and water efficient systems in order to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation.
Degree ProgramHonors College