Ryan Worsman, ‘12

Major:
Civil Engineering

Project:
Development of 32 Prescott Street at Gateway Park. The goal of this MQP was to investigate, design, and analyze a proposed mixed-use development that will be located at Gateway Park, WPI. The proposed facility will serve several purposes: office and industrial space for new life science companies, retail space, and graduate or upper-class housing. This MQP presents a functional layout and floor plans, a structural analysis, an evaluation of the impact on existing traffic and parking conditions, an overview of obtaining Gold LEED certification, and a cost estimate.

Why I chose this project:
This project provided me with an interesting topic that encompassed many aspects of civil engineering.

What I learned from my MQP:
This project provided me with an interesting topic that encompassed many aspects of civil engineering.

How I have benefitted from my MQP as a person, student, and future professional:
The experience gained through this project is unparalleled and would be almost impossible to be achieved in any other way. It has diversified my understanding of group work, which is a large component of field work.

What I accomplished:
I helped to investigate, design, and analyze a proposed mixed-use development that will be located at Gateway Park, WPI. I conducted field studies and data analysis on traffic flow rates and current traffic loads. Based on these volumes, I projected the expected growth and reanalyzed the intersections based on future loads. The traffic studies I conducted included modal split calculations to verify the use of green options of transportation.

I conducted two separate cost estimates, one for the long-span design and one for the short-span design, accommodating for the mixed uses of the building. I performed drainage calculations, investigated and wrote the section on obtaining LEED certification (including an estimate of expected cost increases based on the additional expenses of green technologies), and created the architectural Revit model of the building.

Additional comments about the project system in general at WPI:
WPI’s project-based curriculum is something I have grown to love in my four years at WPI, and I wouldn’t trade the education I received for any other.

 
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