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I think it is a matter of preferrence.  I have done it both ways.  Typcially
with monolithic ribbed foundations, I leave the base plates above grade and
try to hide the base plate in the wall.  Ask the architect to furr it if
necessary.  If the pour will be split, i.e. grade beams first and then slab,
I would do the leave out.  Much of this has to do with construction sequence
as well.  If the base plates are above the slab, the slab obviously has to
be in place before the columns can be erected.

Brian K. Smith,P.E.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Lewis [mailto:rlewis(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 3:19 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Column Base Pocket in Slab
> I am working on a building that has some steel columns.  The building is a
> light wood framed structure.  The foundation is a turned down
> slab on grade.
> I have a few steel columns in the building.  A little divergence
> here to make
> a point.  The last time I designed a metal building the
> contractor asked me
> why I did not recess the column base plates into the slab to
> cover the anchor
> bolts.  I told him I understood metal building people preferred
> to bear the
> column on top of the slab.  He told me he commonly recessed the
> column bases
> into the slab.  With this building the foundation is similar to a metal
> building, a turned down slab.  I would like to recess the column
> bases into
> the slab to hide the anchor bolts and help with detailing the rest of the
> structure.  Is it common to put in a "column pocket", say down 8
> inches, as
> you pour the slab so that the base of the column can be recessed into the
> slab?
> Thanks for your help.
> Rich
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