Honors College

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Honors Thesis

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This is a study of a post and beam barn in Orono, Maine that examines the changes necessary to use the barn as an event center. Included is a structural analysis of the current barn structure to determine its adequacy for the new use under current design standards, including IBC 2009. The architectural portion of this study examines the capacity of the building and the egress and restroom facilities requirements for that capacity, as well as the ADA requirements. Provided is a final design that incorporates the architectural aspects and the structural changes necessary to meet modern standards. Structural modifications to the roof and floor framing and an addition for restrooms and kitchen space are recommended.