Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2017

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Architectural Engineering

First Advisor

Derek Swanson

Second Advisor

Johnn Judd


For architectural engineering, the senior project was to follow the design process for structural engineers while designing a portion of the addition to the Rochelle Athletics Center. It was the responsibility of myself and two other students to provide our interpretation and solution to the structural challenges that the addition posed. My responsibilities on this project included collaborative work in positioning the columns and designing the beam and girder layout. Once a general design was determined, each member of our group was responsible for calculating loads and capacities of members. Throughout the entire project, we had a collaborative effort to design the building, seeing as three minds are better than one. However, I went beyond what was required for the project itself and used a structural analysis program to validate our pencil and paper solution we had come up with.