The Site Design for a Hotel on Pantops, Charlottesville; Safety Showdown: Divergent Approaches to Construction Site Safety in the United States

Boatwright, Coleman, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Heydarian, Arsalan, EN-CEE, University of Virginia

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. How may injury risk at construction sites best be reduced?

Developers plan to build a new hotel on a vacant lot in Pantops in Albemarle County, VA. The lot must be designed to optimize parcel use and hotel functionality. The hotel design criteria consist of a 14,000-square-foot footprint, adequate parking, and proper stormwater management. The design must meet all codes from Albemarle County, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the state of Virginia while meeting the client's wishes.

In the U.S., construction companies, workers, unions, equipment companies, and technology companies compete to determine how construction safety can be improved. All of these groups value worksite safety, but they disagree about how safety is best pursued. While workers and their unions tend to value safety even at a significant cost to productivity, construction, equipment, and technology companies are more sensitive to the productivity costs of high safety standards.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
land development, civil engineering, construction, construction safety

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Technical Advisor: Arsalan Heydarian

STS Advisor: Peter Norton

Technical Team Members: Coleman Boatwright, Charlotte Gillum, Caroline Lystash, Henry Voter, Garrett Warren

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