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- From: Lynn Howard <lhoward(--nospam--at)silcom.com>
- Date: Mon, 19 Feb 1996 07:50:50 -0800
Dear distinguished group of Engineers: We are doing a new "field house" at our local city college. The building is about 100 ft. x 60 ft. in size. It will be a new building down close to the track where students will store their track and other sports equipment. The college wants this building built as cheaply as possible, with no frills. It is after all, just a storage building. They have asked me to consider using a pre-engineered metal building, with steel moment frames at about 20 foot centers. The question I have is about the policy the California Department of State Architects (DSA) how has about full scale testing requirements for steel moment frames. I do not believe that moment frames such as the ones used in pre-engineered metal buildings expereinced the failures that the multi-story frames did in the Norhtridge earthquake. Is the DSA requiring that the very "traditional" moment frames in one story metal buildings have full scale testing before being allowed? I am assuming that these are designed as Ordinary Moment Frames, and not as Special (ductile) Moment frame. I would appreciate it if anyone with any knowledge in this area could be of assistance. If getting a pre-engineered metal building approved by the DSA is going to be a problem, then I would like to find out as soon as possible. Thank you. Lynn Howard ...
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