Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering

Alumni/Alumnae in the news: Elizabeth Chrestler ('04)

The 35,000-sq.-ft facility consists of a ground floor, two elevated floors, and a mechanical penthouse. The overall construction budget was approximately $16 million, including $2 million for utility relocation and site preparation. Early on in the project, two framing systems were evaluated: a flat plate concrete structure and a traditional steel structure. Initial cost estimates concluded that a concrete structure would cost about $250,000 more than a steel structure. Erection of the steel superstructure took just a couple of weeks in late fall and early winter without the concerns of cold-weather construction that concrete has,further reinforcing the benefits of steel construction beyond that of a lower first cost. Approximately 241 tons of structural steel went into the project. The building framing was analyzed and designed using the program ETABS.

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