Is there any rules of thumb for estimating the thickness of a concrete
panel? I have a 31 feet eave height with some dock doors giving a total
height of 36 feet. Will a 7.25 in panel work or do I need to warn the
contractor now that it is not feasible. The project is in Seismic Zone 2
and wind speed of 80 mph.
Also, are there any problems or concerns in the design of the concrete
panels? I am planning on using the panels as shear walls which does not
concern me except in 1 spot where I have 45k at the top of the wall and only
2-20 ft lengths to resist it. Are there any other forces I need to worry
about for the design? Thermal (panels are uninsulated and the interior is
climate controlled), etc?
Finally, are there any good references for tilt up?