I was in a more fortunate position, when I had to
explain to the Billboard fabricator/erector the code
requirements, I had to comply with. Eventually, he
agreed. Remember, that when something is blown away,
it has a great potential to hurt somebody (or bodies)
physically, which in turn would lead to all kinds of
complications for the engineer. Even if the promoter
gives you in writing whatever conversation transpired
between the two of you, it won't hold up in the court!
I wonder whether the "Outdoor Advertising Association
of America" has any guidelines.
Digressing a little, I had a similar experience
working with one of the fabricators for underground
storm shelters. He came to me to produce calculations,
to support what he was fabricating, which were
required to be sent to FMAA, in order to take
advantage of some Federal Handouts. My calculations
showed that his structures, which were already
installed in several places, were way under-designed.
I am sure accidents are waiting to happen, as was
evidenced from a news article that came to my notice a
couple of months ago. After consulting with the
attorney, the company I used to work for, promptly
withdrew all the designs we did and returned the fees
that the company charged the fabricator.
> Bill Polhemus wrote:
> > Recently, an architect client of mine and I were
> discussing a feature of a
> > commercial building we were working on. He does
> lots of convenience store/fast
> > food combination facilities. One client has a
> "doghouse" at the front entrance
> > of the store, a "penthouse" type structure that
> allows a sign-logo above the
> > entrance that extends about eight feet or so above
> the parapet line.
> > The doghouse itself is CFS supporting metal
> cladding, which sits on the beams
> > and joists of the main structure.
> > The design drawings given me showed a CFS
> structure that was WAY under-designed
> > to resist code-specified wind forces, and I
> proceeded to design it correctly,
> > which made for a much "beefier" structure,
> particularly where the roof members
> > and overall connnections were concerned. When he
> saw this, he had a negative
> > reaction. "Too much", he said.
> > I pointed out to him that we were building in an
> area where the design wind
> > speed is 120 mph (three-second gust). His response
> was "oh, that doesn't matter,
> > if they had a hurricane, the doghouse would just
> be blown off, and they could
> > build it back again".
> > I had NEVER heard of this approach before! In
> essence, he's saying "just design
> > it to handle gravity loads and don't worry about
> wind, this is not an occupied
> > portion of the structure. If it gets scoured off,
> no big deal".
> > Have any of you designed "components and cladding"
> type portions of a structure
> > under this approach? The architect insists it is
> perfectly valid: "we do it all
> > the time". Of course, this guy is the "Wal-Mart"
> of architects in our market,
> > and is used by developers here because he works
> cheaply, and doesn't get in
> > their way.
> > I'm starting to rethink my relationship with him
> on this basis, but I'd like to
> > know if this is perhaps more commonplace than I
> realize, and if I'm
> > "overreacting". I just can't imagine a building
> department anywhere allowing a
> > portion of a structure the possibility of being
> "blown away".
> > Thanks.
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