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I would recommend adding another category to the building types "Light
Industrial" such as Office/Warehouse or R&D tilt-up buildings which are
prominent building type at least, in my area (Orange County). Of course the
office portion of the building could be covered under the "Office"
category. It may be of interest to AISC Marketing to know that in most of
my recent projects of this type I have used rolled steel framing for floor
beams and girders but some of my clients are now  asking us to do value
engineering on the use of steel trusses.
Karim Hosseinzadeh, SE
From: Lanny J. Flynn <flynn(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: What Owners Want From Structure
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 1:58 PM

I'm trying to put together a list of the key issues that are addressed for
certain building types when the decision of the structural system is made. 
Any additional items you can add to the list will be greatly appreciated.  
    a.. Office buildings 
        a.. Floor Vibration 
        b.. Maximize rentable space 
        c.. Column Free 
        d.. Maximize window area to floor area (everyone wants a window
        e.. Ease of modification during and after const. 
        f.. Resale 
        g.. Speed 
        h.. Cost 
        i.. Fire Resistance
    b.. Assembly buildings 
        a.. Long span 
        b.. Sound Resistance 
        c.. Aesthetics 
        d.. Flexibility for different uses 
        e.. Cost 
        f.. Speed 
        g.. Fire Resistance
    c.. Medical 
        a.. Essential Facilities ? Safe 
        b.. Vibration 
        c.. Sound Transmission 
        d.. Adaptable to equipment modifications 
        e.. Expansion 
        f.. Durability 
        g.. Fire Resistance
    d.. Hotel/Condo 
        a.. Low Floor to Floor 
        b.. Sound Resistance 
        c.. Column Free Lobbies 
        d.. Aesthetics 
        e.. Cost 
        f.. Speed 
        g.. Integration of Structure with façade 
        h.. Fire Resistance
    a.. Parking Structures
        a.. Durability 
        b.. Cost 
        c.. Speed 
        d.. Max. No. of Stalls per Sq. Ft. 
        e.. Clear Span ability of Frame 
        f.. Fire Resistance
Lanny J. Flynn, P.E., S.E.
Regional Engineer
AISC Marketing, Inc.
email: flynn(--nospam--at)