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Students of engineering worked with the Herreshoff Marine Museum to conduct an study of a display for the Reliance Model. They determined structural integrity, feasibility and complexity of design that impacts cost, risk and beneficial use, and identify elements for improvement. They also completed a cost estimate.


Our design team was supplied with a dozen architectural designs from the students of the Roger Williams University Architectural School. After discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each our team was able to narrow our choices down to one base design to conduct our feasibility and structural integrity analysis. Currently, the structural integrity of the proposed building addition has been examined by determining the wind and the snow loads, the green roof requirements, and the column and beam loads. The feasibility of the chosen design was assessed by researching Bristol zoning regulations and developing a path through the required zoning variances, which will help in the construction phase.