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I've noticed in several publications that the smallest listing for round concrete columns is 12" diameter.   Is there any particular reason for this?
My situation that the Architect has spec'ed out 12" dia. columns which are overkill.  Any reason (i.e. code) that 10" diameter wouldn't be allowed?

David B. Tehranchi
Davis, Bowen, Friedel, Inc.
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