Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.


This project compared and provided steel and precast concrete structural systems for the new dormitory for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in compliance with ASCE 7, AISC, ACI, MSBC, and NFPA provisions. The various components of both gravity and lateral loading were addressed. This project provided cost and performance analyses on both designs and explored the role LEED requirements played in the design. Included are investigations into footing designs, scheduling constraints, and the social and political impacts of the project. A sprinkler system was designed using different materials, and comparisons were made to determine the most cost effective and safe design. To conclude, a code compliance discussion and review of the different life safety aspects of the building was completed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering