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Re: MBMA Code and Wind Loads

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What a society this has become. Of course a building designed for a 140 MPH
wind costs more than one designed for a 70 MPH wind. The spec writer should
own up to the mistake and issue a change order so that the vendor will
provide a building designed for the appropriate criteria. What if the
building is used as a shelter during a hurricane and people die? Do we just
say "Oh well, we just followed the specifications"?

Bill Allen

> From: MARCSBART(--nospam--at)
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: MBMA Code and Wind Loads
> Date: Saturday, February 14, 1998 8:18 AM
> The contractor has no earthly reason to pay any attention to your
> Any changes that he requests will result in an increase in cost to him. 
> is one of the drawbacks to design-build, which I assume would describe
> project.
> The metal building industry has made its mark in modern day construction
> this modus operandi.  I happen to practice in an area where hurricane
> winds are an annual event and the metal buildings perform miserably.  The
> soultion to the problem is a strong specification that is enforced, which
> speicifies the code and the appropriate wind speed. However, in you
> the owner apparently did not do this and as a result the building stans a
> good chance of being replaced one day.   At least the foundation can be
> reused.
> Marc Barter
> Mobile, Alabama