Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Non-Thesis Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil Engineering

Committee Chair

Brian Kukay

First Advisor

Liping Jiang

Second Advisor


Third Advisor



The Vu Villa is a bar and pizzeria which has operated out of the first floor of the Campana building in Butte, Montana since 1967. Construction of the Campana building started in 1894 and was completed before the end of the 19th century. The Campana building is a two-story building which primarily consists of exterior brick masonry walls and wood framing on the interior. Within the last several decades significant sag has been identified in the second-floor of the building as well as an adjacent staircase. In addition, renovation activities have been discussed for the upstairs which would involve replacing the existing upstairs apartments with an open-space floor plan which could be utilized as a conference area.

The Vu Villa Structural Design and Rehabilitation project presents the proposed preliminary design to address the existing sag, and accommodate renovations associated with a change-in-use of the second-floor of the Vu Villa. A new structural system was designed as part of the project which would remedy the existing structural problems while accommodating the renovation that has been proposed. Due to significant expenses associated with renovation work, the design attempts to minimize the number of structural members requiring replacement by evaluating existing members for structural adequacy. Members specifically identified for replacement included the roof beams, second-floor columns, second-floor beams, and first-floor columns. Total costs anticipated to complete the work were approximately $620,000.

The Vu Villa Structural Design and Rehabilitation report discusses the design objectives and assumptions, and anticipated loading conditions, member design calculations, and structural software modeling results that demonstrate the functionality of the new structural system. In addition, it discusses several additional safety and design considerations warranting evaluation, if the project were to be undertaken. The design report appendices present the architectural and engineering drawings, technical specifications, calculations, estimated costs, and background information related to the project.


A report submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of General Engineering – Civil Option