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This thesis investigates the surface pressure distribution on a 15-story mid-rise building model. The experiment was performed on a building with/without balconies; the data on the building without balconies being the reference pressure distribution for understanding the balconies effect on the surface pressure distribution. The experiment was simulated in an urban area setting (exposure B terrain) where the ABL height was estimated to be 0.73-m. The testing angles considered for the experiments were 0o, 45o, and 90o for a total of three angles. A scaling factor of 1/500 was considered for the testing to limit the blockage ratio to 3.23%. 15 pressure taps were predefined on the building specimen to observe the surface distribution. Of those 15 pressure taps, 3 were located on the roof, 4 on a side wall, and 8 on the front walls or 0o windward flow. The footprint section of the building specimen was (120X60) mm2 with a height of 100 mm. The wind tunnel test was performed using a Scannivalve Corp. ZOC 22B/32Px pressure scanner and a pressure sensitive paint from ISSI. The pressure sensitive paint (PSP) provides a 5% accuracy compared to the pressure scanner and is used as validation of the pressure scanner wind tunnel testing. For this experiment, a Binary UniCoat and Single UniCoat paint were used to estimate the wind pressure distribution. The experiment was conducted in the AME (Aero-propulsion, Mechanics, and Energy) wind tunnel of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering which has a cross sectional dimension of (30 X 30) in2 and a testing section of 5-ft. The approach used to estimate the atmospheric boundary layer dimension and characteristics was made using the Irwin approach. The findings of the experiment concludes that the balconies influenced the surface pressure distribution on the building.