THE CARSIA BUILDING: CONSTRUCTABILITY ANALYSES, SAFETY SOLUTION, & THE INDUSTRY’S PRODUCTIVITY PERFORMANCE

Open Access
Author:
Zanette, Bradley Marco
Area of Honors:
Architectural Engineering
Degree:
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • John Isaac Messner, Thesis Supervisor
  • Richard George Mistrick, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Construction
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Labor Shortage
  • Safety
  • Precast
  • Structural Steel
  • HVAC
Abstract:
Through the analyses of the building’s systems and project delivery methodology, industry-leading strategies are evaluated to combat real-life project challenges. Taking on a fictitious name through the owner’s interest, the Carsia Building’s name is inspired by a man who remained humble, honest, and proud when it was easy and convenient to do wrong in a tough, unforgiving industry. The building stands twelve stories tall in central Pennsylvania. Beneath those twelve stories is four levels of underground parking, tallying sixteen total levels in the building. The below grade levels are referred to as B4-B1, respectively. In the same retrospect, the floors above grade are referred to as L1-L12. The roof is accessible to the building’s maintenance staff, which holds the mechanical sleds nursing over a hundred condensers. The Carsia Building is a product of Don Properties – which is also a fictitious name. Don Properties designed the building to be geared toward the markets surrounding higher education, creating apartment living exclusive to students. However, Don Properties did capitalize on the demand for retail space in a bustling downtown by reserving L1 and L2 for commercial tenants. L1 has been designed to hold Don Properties’ leasing office and three tenants in the retail or food industry. L2 is intended for an office fit out. This 291,750 square-foot building maintains its presence at an intersection of two main streets; the builders believe there will be no issues in getting tenants.