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Re[2]: Floor Loads selection

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     Let's look at all the resources,  If the classroom was in a public 
     school, the design floor load is required to be 50 psf (1000# 
     concentrated load), per the California Building Code.  I wouldn't 
     design a non-public classroom for less than that, even if the UBC 
     allows 40 psf.
     Rick Drake, SE
     Fluor Daniel, Irvine

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Subject: RE: Floor Loads selection
Author:  "Kim; Henry D." <Henry.Kim(--nospam--at)> at fdinet
Date:    2/17/99 5:28 PM

I assume the first floor is over a crawlspace or basement, if so I would 
probably use 100 psf for the first floor multi-purpose room area.  This would 
be consistent with UBC Table 16-A requirements for assembly areas without 
fixed seating.  If the second floor is actually devoted to classroom you 
could use 40 psf (1000# concentrated load) however to give more flexibility 
for future conversion, I would probably design for "office" useage of 50 psf 
w/ 2000# concentrated load.
Henry David Kim
VECO Engineering Inc.
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> From:         Ken Reed[SMTP:kendeb(--nospam--at)] 
> Reply To:     seaint(--nospam--at)
> Sent:         Wednesday, February 17, 1999 2:54 PM 
> To:   seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:      Re: Floor Loads selection 
> Hello everyone!
> I am working on a 2-story building for a chuch. The lower floor is a
> multi-purpose room, the second floor is for classrooms. My question is 
> what live
> load to use. Table 16 of the UBC does not address church buildings so I am 
> leaning towards commercial. But maybe classroom would also apply, but
> since this
> is Group A-2.1 or A-3 but not a Group E structure I am not sure. 
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks
> Ken Reed, PE