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Jim,

	I would tend to agree, especially if the MWFRS are separated as well.

bks

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> From: Kestner, James W. [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)somervilleinc.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 9:10 AM
> To: SEAINT
> Subject: Still more on ASCE 7-98 Section 6.2
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> 
> I have a complex of 5 buildings, from one to 3 stories, all 
> interconnected with a total area over 200,000 sf. When 
> classifying these buildings (as enclosed or partially enclosed), 
> should I look at the units as individual buildings or as one 
> large building? 
> 
> Here is my reasoning:
> 
> If all the buildings were completely opened to each other (like a 
> mall) than I would think we would evaluate the entire complex as 
> one building since the internal pressure would be roughly the 
> same throughout. With firewalls in the resort complex that have 
> firedoors that are normally closed, I would expect the buildings 
> to act separately when it comes to internal pressure....therefore 
> evaluate them as individual buildings separated by the firewalls.
> 
> Does this seem reasonable? Anyone have other thoughts on this subject?
> 
> Jim K.
> 
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