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My mouse had a hick-up and I did not finish my thought earlier.  Often in
snow country, the snow and ice on upper decks is shoved to an area otherwise
used for parking spaces.  In these areas, the snow load will be
significantly greater than the 50 psf.  Also in these areas of shoveled
snow, the pile will be stacked very high and be very dense as the snow
freezes and thaws and accumulate from several snow storms.
On one such "Oh no!" a snow intensity of 150 psf was measured on a project
in Kansas City.  That is why the engineer should work with the owner /
operator of parking facilities to designate snow stacking areas.
Harold Sprague
The Neenan Company 

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Meyer [mailto:PMeyer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 7:45 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: parking structure live load

This probably doesn't need repeating to the learned audience here, but you
would use EITHER the snow or the parking load, whichever was greater.  If
you've got almost a metre (2.5 feet) of old snow on a parking deck, you
probably don't have a lot of cars there too.  Fresh snow is much less dense,
and (with few exceptions) the amount that could fall on a parking deck
already full of vehicles will be very small.  In those places where a single
snowstorm could contribute a significant mass of snow, you are going to see
that the snow load controls anyway, since you need to consider the snow load
on a structure that remains unplowed all winter.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Harold Sprague [ mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)
<mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)> ] 
Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 12:30 
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' 
Subject: RE: parking structure live load 

When I have done surveys, the 50 psf is adequate for passenger car loads. 
If you consider top decks you may have to add snow loading and probably 
drifting snow provisions.  Often times there are areas that