Presentations will take place at Floyd Hall in room D-115.
Veterans Memorial Park in Colon, Michigan
9 to 9:25 a.m.
- Sarah Johnson
- Maddy Landry
- Victoria Powe
- Brett Johnson, Colon American Legion Post 454
- Decker Hains, Ph.D.
Dedicated to the support of America’s Veterans, an existing park was transformed into a stunning memorial to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. The design included a granite memorial with custom statues, a helicopter-themed playground, and a picnic area for families to enjoy. The structural components of the project were completed using RISA-2D, the site layout was modeled with AutoCAD CIVIL 3D, and the construction schedule was assembled using Microsoft Project. This Veterans Memorial Park will bring the community together and honor those who have served.
Emmett Township Booster Station
9:30 to 9:55 a.m.
- Peter Lim
- Lila Rode
- Ryan Smith
- Matt Johnson, P.E., Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering
- Yufeng Hu, Ph.D.
- Decker Hains, Ph.D.
As Emmett Township continues to expand through new development, pressure within existing water main lines must be increased to meet growing demands. The addition of a Booster Station to current water main configurations provided the required water capacity needed to fuel the area’s economic growth. Pump layouts were selected to provide projected capacity demand at each mile following the station and were modeled using Civil 3D. The layout of the pump housing structure was designed using SAP2000 along with specifications outlined from ACI and ASCE. Site layout of these utilities was designed to provide optimal access to the site for ease of maintenance.
KL Apartments and Shops
10 to 10:25 a.m.
- Carlos Contreras
- Michel Jose El Hage Khouri
- Zach Fagerlin
- Christopher Struck
- Whitney Pizzala, B.S.’15, AR Engineering
- Jason Raleigh, B.S.’08, AR Engineering
- Spencer O’Dell, B.S.’15, AR Engineering
- Upul Attanayake, Ph.D.
KL Apartments & Shops is a crucial development to meet the housing needs of college students in the area. Additionally, the development provides a convenient store on the ground level. Site development, geotechnical design, water resources design, structural design, and construction cost and schedule estimation were conducted in accordance with local regulations and standards. Engineering software such as SAP 2000, Civil 3D, RSMeans, and Microsoft project were utilized. As a result, this development provides a place for students to live and a convenient store to serve the surrounding community.
WMU Adult Wellness Program Sensory Garden
10:30 to 10:55 a.m.
- Bobby Kampf
- Jake Seling
- Dawn Robarge, WMU Adult Wellness Center
Yufeng Hu, Ph.D.
An outdoor area was designed for the Western Michigan University Adult Wellness Center. The site layout, sidewalks, seating areas, elevated garden boxes, covered structures, and greenspace/landscaping were designed using AutoCAD. Research was completed to ensure that the proper criteria, such as ADA and city ordinances, were followed. The structural analysis of the structures was completed in SAP2000. The project construction cost was estimated using RSMeans. Cost is the primary constraint in the project. Different alternatives were provided for the selections of materials and items to meet the desired budget. Upon completion, this outdoor area will be easily accessible and maneuverable to encourage walking, movement, and overall activities, which are essential for seniors, especially those with dementia.
Safety Redesign of West Michigan Avenue
11 to 11:25 a.m.
- Jacob C. Loebig
- Samuel B. Hall
- Dennis Randolph, M.P.A.’88, City of Kalamazoo–Public Works Division
- Tom Palumbo, B.S.’16, City of Kalamazoo–Public Works Division
- Jun-Seok Oh, Ph.D.
Due to a high number of fatalities and injuries along the corridor of West Michigan Avenue, it was decided that safety features would be needed to build a safer walking environment. An analysis of West Michigan Avenue was performed to determine the critical areas along the corridor and identify the causes of the crashes. Through investigation of applicable countermeasures, three sets of alternatives were developed and assessed on their effectiveness, the best of which was chosen for development along with a corresponding construction schedule.
Atlantic Avenue Extension
11:30 to 11:55 a.m.
- Dakota Emerson
- Wishy Laurie
- Jordan Most
- Anna Horner, B.S.’14, Oshtemo Charter Township
- Valerian Kwigizile, Ph.D.
With safety concerns at existing intersections and expected growth in the area, Atlantic Avenue is no longer adequately serving the community. To meet new demands, Atlantic Avenue was extended and redesigned following current standards. A new intersection with Parkview Avenue was also designed and compared to other alternatives. A detailed cost estimate for this project was developed using RSMeans alongside a construction schedule using Microsoft Project. This design, cost estimate, and schedule will serve to inform engineers for future decision making while addressing relevant concerns and needs for the community.