Redesign of the United Motor Trading Company in Nablus
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Owning a car is important, since it provide the only opportunity for travelling long distances due to lack of public transport. The importance of this project comes from the increase needs for cars in people life. This leads to a great competition among investors to open cars showrooms. In our project we choose United Motor Trade Company which is located in Nablus city. In this project, we will analyze the building from four aspects: Architectural, Structural, Mechanical and Environmental. The architectural aspect is classified as the biggest challenge in the design stage, because it connect the functional relationship between other aspects and between the building parts. The structural aspect importance comes from the high loads of cars in this building. In general, the importance of these aspects is to provide the highest degree of performance which making the customers more comfortable. The project will be dealt based on a specific methodology, which is summarized in a double loop: analysis and evaluation. In our project, all the systems used in the building will be analyzed using simulation programs, and the results will be evaluated based on a comparative approach with case studies, standards and recommendations for such projects. Finally, the obtained results will be taken as a case for the next graduation project in the next semester. For this semester, the steps began with site analysis. Then the integrated design of the project connected to architectural design including orientation and spaces. Then the environmental design including acoustics systems, ventilation and lighting. As for structural design, it included firstly the analysis of the 3D model of the project, seismic analysis and soilstructure interaction. After that came the design process using computer software. In the mechanical design, water, HVAC, and sanitary systems were designed through it. The electrical design was introduced including power systems, lighting and control panel design. Finally, prepare drawings attached to the report which contain design details, cost estimate and BOQs.