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ACI 318-99 refers to pedestals as a compression member with a ratio of unsupported height to least lateral dimension not exceeding 3.  Is there somewhere in the code that allows you not to have rho min of 1% in pedestals that you would normally have to have in columns?
Chris Towne, P.E.
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