Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Decker Hains

Second Advisor

Houssam Toutanji


Western Michigan University has had a long-standing tradition of engineering excellence. To keep up with the modern culture and to maintain that Western will be on the forefront of universities providing an excellent engineering education, an expansion to the current CEAS building on the Parkview campus is necessary. Aptly named the CEAS Student Center Expansion, this project will be a space exclusively for student engineering groups to work in a space where collaboration across different engineering disciplines will be as easy as walking across the floor to talk to someone else. Through the floor plans of the different alternatives we propose, the goals of having a collaborative space will be accomplished in a beautiful addition to the Western Michigan University campus.

Due to the fact that this is still a very conceptual idea, S3 LLC has been hired by the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to conduct a preliminary design of the building described above. The goal of the design outlined in this report is to 1) gauge if the project is feasible from a financial standpoint and 2) give the design firm that will actually carry through with the design some idea of the material selections and quantities that will be necessary for this type of building. We will present a structural steel model, a foundation design plan, and a 3D Revit model to accurately define what we propose. We will also present a full construction cost estimate and full construction schedule for each of the three alternatives. And lastly, it is worthy to mention that the concept of sustainable construction will be incorporated in all aspects of the design and construction planning, as well as a commitment to keeping this project as green as possible.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Presentation Poster.pdf (374 kB)
Presentation Poster

Presentation_4.17.17.pdf (1718 kB)
Defense Presentation

Full Estimate_4.12.2017.xlsx (74 kB)
Full Estimate_4.12.2017

Material Takeoff_Option 2_4.2.17.xlsx (31 kB)
Material Takeoff_Option 2_4.2.17

Material Takeoff_Option 3_4.2.17_edited.xlsx (12 kB)
Material Takeoff_Option 3_4.2.17_edited

Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 1.txt (44 kB)
Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 1

Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 1_edited.xlsx (20 kB)
Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 1_edited

Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 2.txt (29 kB)
Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 2

Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 3.txt (4 kB)
Multi-Category Material Takeoff Option 3

Schertmann's.xlsx (22 kB)

Vesic's.xlsx (15 kB)

Final Proposed Location.rvt (14100 kB)
Final Proposed Location

Foundations.rvt (3528 kB)

Option 1 - Conference Rooms.rvt (7792 kB)
Option 1 - Conference Rooms

Option 2 - Work Space.rvt (14088 kB)
Option 2 - Work Space

Option 3 - Mixed Space.rvt (14592 kB)
Option 3 - Mixed Space

CEAS Expansion Schedule.mpp (284 kB)
CEAS Expansion Schedule

Calender.pdf (37 kB)

Gantt 1 page.pdf (44 kB)
Gantt 1 page

Gantt 3 pages.pdf (47 kB)
Gantt 3 pages

Network Diagram - 1 page.pdf (108 kB)
Network Diagram - 1 page

Network Diagram - 4 pages.pdf (106 kB)
Network Diagram - 4 pages

Schedule Comparing_4.10.2017.pdf (75 kB)
Schedule Comparing_4.10.2017

Tasks.pdf (96 kB)

CEAS Student Center Expansion Preliminary Steel Model.std (8 kB)
CEAS Student Center Expansion Preliminary Steel Model

CEAS Student Center Expansion Steel Model.std (7 kB)
CEAS Student Center Expansion Steel Model

STADD.Pro V8i Output File.pdf (139 kB)
STADD.Pro V8i Output File