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My FAVORITE wood resource continues to be "Design of Wood Structures" by Donald Breyer ... I think it's in it's 5th edition now with some other authors, using 2003 IBC.  Don't let the "multi-story" character of the building freak you out.  Wood design is still wood design, you just have to make sure you're (1) distributing your lateral forces vertically according to the Code and (2) carefully following your load paths.  Pay particular attention to your shear wall holdowns -- you need to make sure you're carrying the forces all the way to the foundation from all levels, either directly or some circuitous path that follows proper mechanics.  You'll draw a lot of free-body diagrams for beams, shear walls, footings and other elements, depending on how complicated the building is, but you'd be doing some of that for a single-story building as well.
Good luck,
Dave K. Adams, S.E.
Lane Engineers, Inc.
Tulare, CA
E-mail:  davea(--nospam--at)
-----Original Message-----
From: Ramesh S. Sant [mailto:rssant_2000(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 7:44 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Multi-Story Timber Design!

I am currently designing a multi-story timber structure and I would like to know of any good references on the subject. Thanks in advance.

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