Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara University


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Reynaud Serrette

Second Advisor

Sukhmander Singh


This project focuses on the restoration of an old property in the downtown San Jose area. The specific location was recommended to the project team by their advisors based upon current site development by the general contractor Barry Swenson. After consultations with advisors and this contractor, it was determined that the project team designs two new structures to be placed on site that would help with the rehabilitation: a mixed-use low rise construction with commercial and residential space as well as a precast concrete parking structure. The low-rise building was designed as a hot-rolled steel podium with light framing (cold-formed steel) above it. The project's main goal was to produce two efficient structural designs composed of different materials (cold formed steel, hot rolled steel & precast concrete) with the aid of building information modeling. The current trend in industry of using parametric modeling programs like Revit, prompted the project team to incorporate this new technology into the designs.