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RE: Connection Over Joist and Joist Girder Seats

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Title: Connection Over Joist and Joist Girder Seats

Consider adding “web” stiffeners on each side of joist girder and joist bearing assembly such that you are stacking plates within the joist and girder top chord ends as a method of providing a load path down from a column stub with a base plate sitting directly on top of the joist.


D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., P.Eng.

Senior Project Manager

Schoor DePalma Engineers and Consultants

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Manalapan, NJ 07726

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-----Original Message-----
From: Meyer, Jonathan [mailto:jmeyer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2003 3:18 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Connection Over Joist and Joist Girder Seats


I am trying to design a connection for a rooftop platform by stubbing a new column up from the top of an existing column. The problem is that at two locations the top of the column supports the end of a joist and in one case both the joist girder and the joist seat sit on a cap plate above the existing column. I plan to build around the seats using plates to extend the column above the joist and joist girder seats and weld another cap plate to which the new stub column will be welded. A 1/2" clearance between the new cap plate and the joist seat is planned (to avoid adding any load to the joist seats). Has anyone ever done a connection like this? If so, can you see any flaw in my intent? Any useful suggestions? Any insight into how to achieve this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jon Meyer, PE
Webber Smith Associates
Lancaster, PA