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Bill Polhemus wrote:

. > Section 1604.1: "WHEN IT CAN BE DETERMINED in designing floors ...
                             ^^^

CAN, not COULD.

Rhetorical questions:

1. Was the parking structure intended for the use of private passenger cars?

a. What was the average weight of private passenger cars in 1995?

b. What was the average weight of the heaviest 50 percent of private
passenger cars in 1995?

c. Did the average weight of either of these exceed the reduced live load
times the typical area occupied by a private passenger car?  By how much?

2. Was the parking structure intended for the use of other than private
passenger cars?

a. What information was the engineer provided concerning the vehicles that
were to use the structure?

3. What was the average occupancy of the parking structure?

4. How frequently, and for what length of time was the parking structure
fully occupied?

5. Is the distress exhibited in the structure a function of live loading or
is it a function of material behavior regardless of live loading?

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

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