Hydrogen Generation Center Design – Case Study Example

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The paper "Hydrogen Generation Center Design" is a good example of a case study on engineering and construction. Accessibility to the building can be rated to be ‘ very good’ and has been contributed by constructing the building near a wide access road that passes near the building. This rating has also been contributed by adequate parking spaces around the building where vehicles can be parked. There are also adequate circulation spaces that ensure hydrogen-powered vehicles access the dispensing unit without restriction. The access roads to the building are also wide enough to be used during the removal of machinery and hydrogen storage tanks by the use of cranes and forklift trucks. Landscaping of the location where the building is constructed can be rated as ‘ very good’ .

This has been achieved by the selection of a flat area with adequate flora and fauna coverage such as the use of landscaping grass that creates an aesthetic view of the location of the building. Trees have also been planted around the buildings which provide additional beauty to the location where the building is constructed. The areas where production facility and research and demonstration centers are located are covered with topsoil and turfs while the top section is covered with concrete (Thumann, 2010).

This creates a firm foundation where the building is constructed and ensures the stability of the building. Design of the ground floor and first floor of the building The building will be made with two floors and there will be a single entrance into the building. The building will be partitioned into the Production and Storage Facility (PSF) and the Research and Demonstration Centre (RDC).

Both sections of the building are rectangular in cross-section and identical in their structure and the Demonstration center measures 10400 mm by 14442 mm. Composite materials will be used to construct the floors of the building while the walls of the building will be made of steel structures. This will result in a BREEAM rating of the effectiveness of the floor to be ‘ excellent’ owing to the ability of the floors to resist damaging forces and the ability of the walls to resist damage as a result of the strength provided by the steel materials.

The result is that the occupants of the rooms in the building will be assured of safety while they are in the building and chances of the collapse of the floors or walls of the building will be reduced. There is also a lobby that leads to the entrance to the building and measures 3300 mm by 2615 mm. This will create the ease of movement between the rooms in the building without resulting in the congestion of the building. The Health and well-being of occupants of the building will be contributed by the inclusion of a Research Office that measures 7885 mm by 10400 mm, female and male toilets, staff room that measures 2957 mm by 3333 mm, a lobby between the toilets and the lifts (Thomson, 2010).

The functions of these sections will result in a BREEAM rating of health and well-being consideration of the building to be ‘ very good’ .


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