As I understand things, this is in the joist mfr.'s court. They are the
only ones who can design SP joists. You might try talking to a different
From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:wlpolhemus(--nospam--at)sbinfra.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 3:43 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'; 'structx(--nospam--at)topica.com'
Subject: Retrofit Involving Steel Joists
I've got a little job where we must add some medium-heavy (IMO) equipment to
the roof of an existing building. I know who supplied the roof joists; I
have the original engineer's drawings where he called out the joists (incl.
the SP joists for equipment loads at the time the building was designed).
I called the joist manufacturer, and he pointed me back to the steel
fabricator, saying "he only gave us a fabrication list, he detailed the
steel". But a call to the steel guy yields only a finger pointing back the
other way! He claims "we wouldn't have done anything different from what
the engineer prescribed".
Only problem is, this doesn't answer the question of who designed/detailed
the "SP" joists which are diagrammed on the engineer's drawings.
I want to know who I should expect to have this design data.
Can someone give me some opinions and guidance on this?