Paul L Crovella | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY ESF
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Paul L CrovellaAssistant Professor

Paul Crovella

219 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6839
plcrovella@esf.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Environmental and Resource Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2016.
  • M. Eng., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1990
  • B. Sc., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1989

Research Interests

 

The primary focus of my research is on sustainable and healthy buildings.

Sustainable Construction research includes:

Mass Timber construction - Focuses on the use of wood construction as a solution to the challenges of climate change.  This includes studies on material properties of mass timber products, efficiency in the construction processes, and efficient structural systems.

Building Information Modelling - Focuses on the use of semantic-rich databases to improve the efficiency of new construction and retrofitting of existing buildings to reduce the impact on the environment.

Adaptive Reuse - Historical preservation  - Focuses on the development of tools for non-destructive testing of existing timber structures to ensure their efficient reuse.

Healthy Building research includes: 

Evidence-based design - Focuses on the impact of sustainable building features on the attitude and performance of the occupants

Deconstruction - Focuses on the impacts of building materials on the environment and surroundings.

 

More information about graduate studies (MPS, MS, and PhD) can be found at https://www.esf.edu/srm/graduate/scm/

Teaching

 

  • CME 304- Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings
  • CME 305 - Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings
  • CME 306 - Engineering Materials for Sustainable Construction
  • CME 332 - Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
  • CME 342 – Light Construction
  • CME 404 - Applied Structures
  • CME 405 - Building Information Modeling for Construction Managers
  • ERE 596 - Seminar in Deconstruction

Selected Publications

Paul Crovella, William Smith, Jacek Bartczak, Experimental verification of shear analogy approach to predict bending stiffness for softwood and hardwood cross-laminated timber panels, Construction and Building Materials, Volume 229, 2019, 116895, ISSN 0950-0618, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.116895 .

Tinner, M., P. Crovella, & P. Rosenbaum (2018) Perceived Importance of Wellness Features at a Cancer Center: Patient and Staff Perspectives.  Health Environments Research & Design Journal, Vol 11, Issue 3, pp. 80 – 93.   https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586718758446

Crovella, P. & Kyanka, G. (2017) A non-destructive method to determine the rotational stiffness of timber frame connections., J Civil Struct Health Monit. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13349-017-0247-2 November 2017, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 627–635

Crovella, P.L. and G. H. Kyanka 2016, Improving analysis of historic wooden structures through non-destructive testing of connections. Proceedings of the ASCE 2016 Construction Research Congress ,San Juan, Puerto Rico. 8 pp.    

Crovella, P.L. and G.H. Kyanka 2013. Preserving timber structures with nondestructive evaluation of critical joinery. Proceedings of 18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin. 7pp.    

Crovella, P. L. and G. H. Kyanka. 2011. Use of vibration techniques to determine the rotational stiffness of timber joints. Proceedings of the Structural Health Assessment for Timber Structures Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. 12pp.

Crovella, P.L. 2010. A Comparison of Techniques to Measure Commercial Building Infiltration Rates. IAQVEC 2010. Syracuse, NY. 8 pp.

Crovella, P L. and K.G. Gebremedhin. 1990. Analyses of light frame wood truss tension joint stiffness. Forest Products Journal, April 1990, 41-47.

Gebremedhin, K. G. and P. L. Crovella. 1990. Load distribution in metal plate connectors of tension joints in wood trusses. Transactions of the ASAE 34(1):281-7.

Crovella, P. L. and K. G. Gebremedhin. 1988. Improving wood truss design by optimizing metal plate connectors. ASAE Paper no. 88-45117. St. Joseph, MI. 19pp.

Gebremedhin, K. G. and P.L. Crovella. 1990. Analysis of light frame wood truss joints using an elastic foundation model. Proceedings of the International Timber Engineering Conference. Tokyo, Japan. 709-15.


Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Carie-An BrutsmanCarie-An Brutsman
cbrutsma@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: Sustainable Construction Mgmt

Personal Statement
After spending a summer working as a timber framer while studying engineering and architecture in college, I developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. Since starting my current research project, I have been working to develop a non-destructuve method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. The goal of the research would be to assist design and construction teams in their work to efficiently adapt and reuse timber buildings for current needs.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves providing better information for the reuse and rehabilitation of timber structures. Specifically I have been working to develop a method to determine the rotational stiffness of timber joinery using vibration analysis.

Favorite Quote
"The greenest building is the one that is already built." Carl Elefante

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Shayan MirzabeigiShayan Mirzabeigi
smirzabe@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Ahmadzaderazkenari and Crovella
  • Area of Study: FNRM Sustainable Construction Management

Personal Statement
After spending a summer working as a timber framer while studying engineering and architecture in college, I developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. Since starting my current research project, I have been working to develop a non-destructuve method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. The goal of the research would be to assist design and construction teams in their work to efficiently adapt and reuse timber buildings for current needs.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves providing better information for the reuse and rehabilitation of timber structures. Specifically I have been working to develop a method to determine the rotational stiffness of timber joinery using vibration analysis.

Favorite Quote
"The greenest building is the one that is already built." Carl Elefante

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Pat OPat O'Brien
pfobrien@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: Sustain Constr Mgt & Wood Sci

Personal Statement
After spending a summer working as a timber framer while studying engineering and architecture in college, I developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. Since starting my current research project, I have been working to develop a non-destructuve method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. The goal of the research would be to assist design and construction teams in their work to efficiently adapt and reuse timber buildings for current needs.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves providing better information for the reuse and rehabilitation of timber structures. Specifically I have been working to develop a method to determine the rotational stiffness of timber joinery using vibration analysis.

Favorite Quote
"The greenest building is the one that is already built." Carl Elefante

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Giavanna ReedGiavanna Reed
gmreed@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella and Cousins
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Personal Statement
After spending a summer working as a timber framer while studying engineering and architecture in college, I developed a strong interest in the strength and structural performance of timber buildings. Since starting my current research project, I have been working to develop a non-destructuve method for assessing the structural characteristics of timber joinery. The goal of the research would be to assist design and construction teams in their work to efficiently adapt and reuse timber buildings for current needs.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves providing better information for the reuse and rehabilitation of timber structures. Specifically I have been working to develop a method to determine the rotational stiffness of timber joinery using vibration analysis.

Favorite Quote
"The greenest building is the one that is already built." Carl Elefante

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