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Title: RE: Built-up Columns

is the original question one of not really using the "built up" concept.  is the designer seeking to divide axial load by the number of pieces and design for each pieces share of the axial load using the actual kl/r ?  the "built up" meaning that they are attached together for reasons other than structural ?

i have done this in the past, and it was for reasons other than structural (architectural aesthetics).
if there is not an overriding reason to the contrary and you can get the benefit of the "whole is greater that the sum of its parts" why not do it ?