Civil 10 - GU Structural Assessment


Student Team: Mariana Brandao, Aaron Lee, Lisha Sosa, John Strub
Advisor: Josh Comfort
Sponsoring Organization: DCI Engineering
Liaison:  Josh Comfort


Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship

Civil Engineering Department Student Project


Project Title


Due Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CEDE - Civil Engineering requests a student project proposal for the following project:





Due October 2, 2013, before 4:00 PM PST


One digital copy in pdf format and one hard copy of proposal must be submitted.


Location for Proposal Delivery:      


Toni Boggan,

Academic Director of CEDE

Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science,

PACCAR 214, Spokane, WA 99258.



Project Sponsor

The sponsor of this project is:

DCI Engineers, Inc

601 W. Riverside, Suite 600

Spokane, WA 99201


The liaison engineer is

Josh Comfort, PE, SE

601 W. Riverside, Suite 600

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-4448 Phone

(509) 455-7492 Fax


Project Description:

The CEDE - Civil Engineering Department is requiring a proposal from the group of student engineers to provide comprehensive civil engineering and structural engineering efforts related to the analysis and evaluation of four existing buildings located on Gonzaga University’s campus. The student team is expected to research existing literature and establish a justifiable analysis methodology for evaluation of these buildings. Careful analysis and effective presentation of results is required to meet overall project goals.  


Tasks to be addressed in the Proposal will include, but are not limited to the following:


1.         Data Collection:

Collect the data required to complete analysis. Data would include at least information on the size and materials of building(s), roof system, windows, building envelope and insulation.  Specific data on the structural system and conditions of that system is required.


2.         Analysis of Building System:

Develop loadings and responses to loadings. Use regulations and code requirements for load determination and expected response.


3.         Present Evaluations With Required Drawings and Reports:

Present the results of analysis with AUTOCAD drawings and well organized reports..


The project will also require the implementation of project management techniques in the completion of the engineering efforts, including interaction with DCI as the project sponsor, liaisons, project advisors, and representatives of Gonzaga University. Project management will improve monitoring efforts and progress in the project, updating the project schedule, preparing status reports, gathering information required from appropriate regulatory agencies, etc.


Students will be responsible to make required presentations of the project activities as required to the sponsor’s organization and to the Building owner. 



The proposal evaluation process will be determined by the project advisor in conjunction with the CEDE, the project sponsor, and the CEDE Design Advisory Board.  It will be based on the organization of the project efforts reflected in the proposal and the educational goals achieved in the completion of the proposal.  Note that some efforts in the project are oriented to achieve educational goals and may not be specifically required to achieve the project sponsors goals.



This project will provide the owner, Gonzaga University, with specific information about the potential constraints of repurposing and modifying existing buildings based on structural conditions.  The project will require understanding and application of a variety of regulations, codes and guidance documents.


The project is required due the common situation when existing buildings are modified to serve new purposes, and the need to reduce the costs of those modifications.



The sponsor has some drawings depicting the conditions at the work sites. In addition the project team will be required to make surveying measurements and to collect other data required for the analysis.


The project team must familiarize themselves with the existing conditions of the project in order to properly prepare the project proposal. 



The student project group will, at a minimum, provide the following efforts and deliverables in the completion of the project addressed in this proposal:


Scope of Activities Required to Meet Project Goals


Task 100                                Project Management and Coordination

The student group shall organize, manage and coordinate the efforts required to accomplish the project using standard project management and contract administration techniques. Key management activities are identified below:


            Sub-Task 110                        Kick-off Meeting

The Student Team will conduct a kickoff meeting with their project advisor and sponsor liaison’s to gain familiarity for the project and to solicit input, gather available data and information.


            Sub-Task 120                        Routine progress-review meetings

Routine progress-review meetings will be conducted on a regular basis as follows:

a.      Weekly progress reports are required and are to be submitted electronically to the advisor by 5:00 pm each Thursday. Weekly progress reports must include, at a minimum, activities completed by each team member for the current week, expected work for the upcoming week, and updates to the project design budget and schedule.

b.      In addition, a complete hardcopy record of the project reports and files must be maintained by the student team and be made readily available during consultations with the advisor. Typical method would be a project notebook. The advisor and liaison will ask to review this notebook periodically to discover the status of the work being completed. 



            Sub-Task 130                        Regular Advisor and Liaison Meetings

After the kick-off meeting, the Student Team will meet weekly with the project advisor, and will also meet when needed with the project liaisons.  All meetings with advisor and liaison’s MUST be arranged by members of the Student Team in advance (at least 2 days prior) and include a proposed meeting agenda sent to the advisor or liaison prior (at least 2 days) to the meeting.  All meetings must be documented by the Student Team in the form of meeting minutes with copies distributed within 3 days of the meeting to all team members and the project advisor and liaison’s, as above.


      Sub-Task 140            Quality Assurance/Quality Control

The Student Team will perform a methodical QA/QC effort in a manner suitable to the project advisor and liaison, to prevent incorrect, sub-standard or dangerous results from being included in the end of semester project reports.


      Sub-Task 150            Project Schedule / WBS /Gantt Chart and Budget

The Student Team will prepare a detailed schedule and Gantt chart that indicates the person hours of effort in each sub-task proposed. The schedule will require a WBS and will identify the critical path of activities.


Task 100 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of agenda for team meetings.
  • Electronic updates to project design budget and schedule that includes budget and personnel hours for each sub-task in the entire project.
  • Electronic copy of resolutions and action items for each meeting.
  • Statement on the QA/QC activities for reports submitted at the end of each semester to describe the review and checking procedure employed.


Task 200                                Project Data Collection

Work collaboratively with project staff and other reliable sources to develop project data suitable for analysis.  Data may include material, geology, site survey, water runoff, climate, power requirements, sponsor preferences and other data.  Proposal submitted is to identify data needs and collection methods for project.


            Sub-Task 210                        Literature Review

The Student Team will complete a literature review dealing with the topic of structural assessments and use the references to guide the project activities.


            Sub-Task 220                        Site Data

The Student Team will collect the site information needed to complete the analysis. Data will include at a minimum: information on the size and materials of building(s), roof system, windows, accessibility, building envelope and insulation.  Information on mechanical systems and electrical services should also be recorded where appropriate.  Specific data on the structural system and conditions of that system is required.



            Sub-Task 230                        Project Specific Code and Regulatory Requirements

The Student Team will present information about specific requirements that must be met if modifications to the building are planned.


Task 200 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of literature, data and mapping, reports or surveys completed for the project and to be included in the project report.
  • Bibliographic references and annotations for significant literature or regulations used.
  • Summary of safety and legal issues addressed in analysis.


Task 300                                General Project Code and Regulatory Requirements

Determine appropriate regulatory guidelines to use in the completion of the project. 


Task 300 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of regulations that apply to the project.


Task 400                                Project Analysis Efforts

The student team will develop conditions, analysis and building responses, comparisons, and other evaluations required to successfully achieve the project goals. The specific project approach will be determined by the team in the project proposal.


            Sub-Task 410                        Base Gravity and Lateral Loading Analysis

Provide analysis of design loadings on existing, unmodified structure that include, wind, earthquake and gravity to determine any deficiencies that should be improved for continued use of the buildings.


Sub-Task 420                        Modified Building Analysis

Provide structural analysis of the impact various proposed modifications will have on each building and develop schematic plans for any strengthening of the structures required to accommodate the modifications.


Task 400 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of drawings, calculations, data, reports or calculations completed for the project design and to be included in the project report.


Scope of Activities Required to Meet Educational Goals


Task 500                                Building Safety, Operation and Maintenance  

The student team will develop general evaluation of the safety issues unrelated to structural capacity and an evaluation of the operational and maintenance situation for the buildings. The specifics will be determined by the team in the project proposal.


Task 500 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of results


Task 600                                Project Sustainability Evaluation 

Based on the sponsor’s needs, and the understanding of the regulatory requirements, evaluate the potential for the building to achieve improved overall sustainability and identify opportunities for increasing sustainability that are potentially achievable.

a)      Compare the performance/cost and specific performance issues for 3 similar sized facilities that are modified for improved sustainability located in literature search.

b)      Describe the economic benefits and costs of the sustainability modifications. 


Task 600 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of results


Task 700                                Project Reports and Presentations 

The project team is required to prepare a final report suitable for both the CEDE and the sponsor and owner. Prepare and present findings of the project to Sponsor or other public groups. 


Task 700 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of results




Timeliness of project completion is critical. The project schedule contains some specific milestones and also must accommodate the academic calendar.


The student group will use the general dates below to develop the comprehensive schedule required for the proposal.


Information on Proposals Available:                                   September 4, 2013

Teams Selected:                                                                   September 6, 2013

Sponsor Workshop                                                               September 11, 2013

Civil CEDE Mandatory All Student/Advisor Meeting        September 18, 2013

Labor Day                                                                              September 27, 2013

Proposals Due                                                                      October 2, 2013

Founder’s Day Holiday / Midterms                         October 21, 2013

Roundtable Project 30 % Progress Meeting                     October 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Holiday                                                           November 27 – 29, 2013

Project Status Presentation 50% Progress                       December 11, 2013

Project Status Report Due                                                   December 13, 2013

Reading Days                                                                       December 14 – 16, 2013

Classes Begin                                                                       January 14, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday                                           January 20, 2014

President's Day Holiday                                                       February 17, 2014

Roundtable 60% Progress Meeting / Social                     February 19, 2014

Spring Vacation                                                                    March 10 – 14, 2014

Good Friday – Easter Holiday                                             April 18 – April 21, 2014

Final Reports Due                                                                 April 25, 2014

Final Design Presentation                                                   April 30, 2014



The student group will include a budget that details the costs of completing the project design tasks. This budget is not the “engineers estimate” to complete the implementation of the design; it is the costs to perform the engineering tasks and does not include the value of project team personnel hours. This requirement is contained in Task 100, but is highlighted here.

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Contact Information

Academic Director:
Toni Boggan
Phone: 509-313-3913

Faculty Director:
Steven Zemke
Phone: 509-313-3554

502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0026
Phone: (509) 313-3523
Fax: (509) 313-5871