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Over the years, I have received a few projects like yours.  I gave them
back and "fired" the architect.  You will be the one who's blamed for the
"over" engineered building when the costs are determined.

Neil Moore, S.E.

At 09:46 AM 3/30/2001 -0600, Jason Kilgore wrote:
>Ok, the subject is back.
>I recently received a 3-story wood project.  It's a teen shelter shaped like
>a house, 50'x60'.
>The problem is that the architect is apparently into the "swiss-cheese"
>look.  I can't find a single patch of wall more than 3ft wide extending from
>the foundation to the roof.
>None of the windows and doors line up.  Walls move in and out of plane.
>Anyone know of a good reference for designing such a beast?
>The walls will have to be designed as big shear walls with holes.  Is there
>a reference for nailing patterns around the openings?  Does the UBC contain
>this information.
>Speaking of the UBC, the city where this is located is still using the 1991
>Jason W. Kilgore, P.E.
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