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- From: "Khosrownia, Ghassem SPK" <GKhosrownia(--nospam--at)spk.usace.army.mil>
- Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 07:34:46 -0700 <GKhosrownia(--nospam--at)spk.usace.army.mil>
Actually designing the kind of buildings you mentioned in your region can be simplified using CMU construction. You can come up with some design standards for your company that will satisfy required parameters and then evaluate their load carrying capacities. I personally like designing with steel more than masonry....there is more engineering in steel design, and the buildings will be lighter. For load bearing CMU buildings location of control joints and details of reinforcement are among the important items. The US Army Corps has a technical manual on CMU. It is called TM 5-809-3. It has some standardized designs and tables that you might find useful. Ghassem Khosrownia -----Original Message----- From: Randy Diviney [mailto:rsdiviney(--nospam--at)hayeslarge.com] Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 7:05 AM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Concrete Masonry Load Bearing Buildings I am a structural engineer employed by an architectural firm. We do mostly education (80%) and medical facilities (20%). Recently the partners of my firm requested we do schools as masonry load bearing rather than steel frame due to costs. Our projects are all in the north east and usually 1 to 3 stories. I don't really care for the load bearing system. Perhaps it's because I am so accustomed to doing steel frame. It seems I can handle lateral loads and changing roof and floor elevations better with steel. Does anyone have any thoughts on masonry load bearing vs steel? - Cost, steel vs masonry? - Resistance to seismic and wind loads? - Quality control of construction? - Anything to look out for? - etc etc Randy Diviney Structural Engineering Dept. Hayes Large Architects Altoona, Pa
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