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Construction of High-Bay Lab Reaction Frame Foundations

  • Bowen, David R
  • Miller, Henry E
  • Twisselman, Blaize
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2023
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This paper details the construction process of two concrete modular foundations designed to meet specific design standards for various testing methods. The project, positioned within the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) High Bay Lab, will provide the Architectural Engineering (ARCE) and Construction Management (CM) departments with valuable insight into industry structural elements. The project required extensive forethought and thoroughness due to the complex designs, including 200 all-thread coupler attachments and a cumbersome rebar cage. This paper outlines the primary phases of construction, including material procurement and quality control, and discusses how the final product was obtained. Furthermore, the paper delves into the mistakes made during the process, with the intention of facilitating potential similar projects leading to more efficient means of success. The project serves as a remarkable demonstration of quality control and strategy when managing a construction project. By outlining the construction process and mistakes made, this paper provides valuable insights for future projects in the field and study. The construction of these two concrete modular foundations will aid students in the ARCE and CM departments for years to come, providing them with a better understanding of specific industry structural elements.

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