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RE: Commercial Bldg. - Second Floor Loads

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Partition live load is used to allow for the inevitable space plan
changes that occur in buildings.

If you are very certain that the walls will never be moved, you can
ignore this provision and design for the dead weight of these walls
where they occur. If you don't know for sure that the walls will remain
as is, you use the 20 psf load on your floor members and it's your
choice if you still want to count the weight of the partition walls. 

For seismic mass tabulations, you can use 10 psf for partitions.

Santa Clara, CA 

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