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RE: heavy first floor live loads

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I don't have any experience with the loading mentioned

But the following is just a few things I can think of the top of my head.
I would look into factoring that live load to the lateral loads of the
building.  You might want to make sure you do not have a weight
irregularity.  If you have height restriction on the beams supporting this
load, keep an eye on your connections.

Marlou B. Rodriguez
Biggs Cardossa Associates Inc.
Structural Engineers
1871 The Alameda, Suite 200
San Jose, California 95126
408-296-5515 Fax 408-296-8114

Note:  The opinions that I write are my opinions and
are not necessarily the opinions of BCA.

-----Original Message-----
From: marfra(--nospam--at) [mailto:marfra(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2000 7:19 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: heavy first floor live loads

I am designing a factory building with a suspended floor that must
support live loads of 2000.0 p.s.f over an area 40 ft by 20 ft.

i want to use a concrete insitu slab supported on steel beams at 5'
centres. I have also tried to get the owners to put this load elsewhere
with no sucess.

Does anyone have any experience with such large live loads. Is there any
special problems to address.

Mark Francois