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Your architect’s request seems reasonable to me.


In a wood-framed residence in which a wood beam would have been too large to fit into the architectural envelope, I’ve used a steel beam with a wood nailer bolted to each flange so that the beam could be set into structure and connected pretty much like a piece of lumber.  To add steel columns into the wood framing would have complicated the construction, and may have required bringing another trade [steelworkers] onto the project.


Nels Roselund, SE

South San Gabriel, CA


From: Ted Ryan [mailto:coffeemonkey100(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 9:15 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: steel beams bearing on wood columns


I have done it before, don't see why not.


Ted Ryan

----- Original Message -----

From: Ken Peoples

To: Seaint

Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 8:55 AM

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)