ssm st. clare health center: structural redesign with reinforced concrete flat slab construction considering cost and scheduling implications

Open Access
Brandmeier, Christopher John
Area of Honors:
Architectural Engineering
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Aly Marei Said, Thesis Supervisor
  • Richard George Mistrick, Honors Advisor
  • flat slab
  • slab
  • reinforced concrete
  • concrete
  • UFC
  • force protection
  • ssm
  • st. clare
  • architectural engineering
  • structure
An alternative reinforced concrete structure was proposed and designed for SSM St. Clare Health Center's new hospital facility in Fenton, Missouri. The original composite steel structure, with a lateral system consisting of special moment frames, special concentrically braced frames, and perforated special reinforced concrete shear walls, was altered to a flat slab and drop panel construction, with a lateral system of unperforated special reinforced concrete shear walls. An analysis of resulting construction and schedule implications demonstrated the feasibility of a flat slab to reduce cost and accelerate the construction time line. The proposed structure was designated as government use and the site was redesigned to meet UFC Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings. A single degree of freedom blast load analysis verified the effectiveness of the redesigned landscape.