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Re: Canvas patio covers and the code????

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     Just as a point of reference, I designed a canvas covered wood frame 
     structure for a school in central Orange County.  I remember using 
     ASCE 7 with a design speed of 85 mph (3 second gust) which resulted in 
     about 15 psf uplift.  I used a 1.5 uplift factor to provide the proper 
     stability ratio.  (BTW - some don't feel the 1.5 factor applies - I 
     do)  I remember getting foundation loads and sizes about what you 
     have.  We used 1 ft dia by 6 ft deep drilled piers.  The worst column 
     had about a 225 SF tributary area.  The building department had a 
     consultant check it over.  The consultant thought that the roof live 
     load should be 20 psf (like a solid roof), but I talked him into 
     accepting the 5 psf load I used.  Other, than that the building dept 
     was happy.  This was a one-of-a-kind design so the owner did not have 
     any "under-designed" structures to compare to.  They were happy. 
     Ed Haninger
     Fluor Daniel    

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Subject: Canvas patio covers and the code????
Author:  "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)> at fdinet
Date:    8/26/98 6:08 PM

(snip)....Am I missing something or is there a specific code requirement 
(UBC) that makes structures like this exempt from code requirements? If the 
numbers are typical of other canvas installations, how do the local 
engineers address the political side of the issue so that we are not accused 
of trying to create a market or putting some merchant out of business?
Dennis Wish PE