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Re: LOAD - Golf Tees

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ASCE-7-95 says 100 PSF for public balconies (60 PSF for residential). 
Walkways and elevated platforms can be designed for 60 PSF live load,
but I think your situation is much closer to a 'balcony'.  Besides, the
dead load of your 12 foot cantilevered balcony will be considerable
(don't forget to account for creep and other long term deflections), and
I suspect that trying to squeeze out few pounds out of the of the live
load isn't going to make that much difference.

Lew Midlam, PE

PRSE(--nospam--at) wrote:
> My question for today:
> We are designing a two-level tee line structure for a golf driving range.
>  The golfers can walk around up top and drive the golf balls into the great
> beyond.  The question has come up as to what is the appropriate live load for
> such a case.  The Code does not address it.  Our preliminaries were based on
> a 100 psf live load, which is easily justifiable, but the owner wants to know
> if we can reduce it.  I've told him that we need the 100 psf at the back of
> the tees becasue this is a "exit", but I would look for a reduction in the
> tee box areas.  Since the tee areas are cantilevered 12' witha 7' backspan,
> the live load is a considerable issue.
> If anyone has desgined one of these, and can give us a design load precedent,
> I can probably sell that to the Building Department.
> Lastly, should I trade my fee for time at the driving range?!
> Thanks, and Happy Golfing,
> Bruce Resnick