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RE: steel beams bearing on wood columns

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A kind of compromise that we sometimes use in the office is bear the

Steel beam on a laminated wood column e.g. “parallam”


I don’t really have any rationale for this…I guess it just “seems” better

Than bearing on a built-up stud column.





David L. Fisher SE PE

Fisher + partners

372 West Ontario

Chicago 60610



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From: Kestner, James W. [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 11:06 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: steel beams bearing on wood columns


Most of us think of steel as a stronger, more durable material. Does it make sense to bear something stronger and more durable on a material that isn't?


My suggestion would be to change your steel beam to a wood product or prove that you need a steel column.


Jim K.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Peoples [mailto:kspeoples(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 10:55 AM
To: Seaint
Subject: steel beams bearing on wood columns

I have a client (architect) who would like me to bear my steel beams on built-up wood columns (several 2x6's).  I can't say that I have ever seen this done and wondered whether there are any code reasons not to as long as I can make all of the stress conditions work and they tell me that wood is not an issue as far as fire is concerned.  Thanks in advance for your help.



Best regards,




Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067


Phone: 610-262-6345
Email: kpeoples(--nospam--at)