Architectural Engineering Department
BS in Architectural Engineering
Until recent years, vertical farming, or urban agriculture, has usually been referred to as more of a science fiction concept than a realistic means of production. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that these urban cropgrowing structures are not only technologically feasible, but efficient. These structures are entering the realm of economic feasibility as well, appearing in niche markets near large cities. Most of the facilities, however, are generally restricted in size to singlestory buildings. The objective of this project was to design a multi story structure that would be wellequipped to house a large vertical farming operation. Some of the key aspects of the design are the use of natural light, structural stability, and minimizing the costs of construction. This report details the decisionmaking process behind the development of the structural design. Included are detailed explanations of the methods used to find an efficient configuration for the building that allows the maximum possible amount of natural light to be used by the facility. Significant deviations from traditional structural design were made when doing so would significantly increase the level of light allowed to be used inside the building. Details are included regarding the structural, economic, and technological challenges faced when coming up with this design. The results seem to indicate that an efficient structure is a plausible reality and could be implemented, and that this field contains a vast amount of research opportunities to come.