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Mr. Baker,
	In my engineering practice, I design structures using as structural framing
system called Foam Core/ concrete Veneer.  There are several different
manufactures of the panels that are 4 foot wide and vary in length from 8 to
16 feet.  Heavy wire grid on the face of the panel is covered shotcrete for
the lateral and gravity loads of the structure.
Check out my company website for more info.
Jim L. Chatterley PE
Composite Framing Systems, Inc.
2723 Currier Ave., Simi Valley, California, 93065
805-520-3666   Fax 805-583-1434

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark D. Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 1:57 PM
To: seaint
Subject: beach front construction materials

Any comments on type of materials used for beach front residential
construction that are resistant to the climate?

On a current 2 story project our client (a very succesful commercial
contractor) want to eliminate all wood by using cmu walls, metal stud
partitions, barjoist - metal pan - lt.wt. conc. floor, metal truss roof. As
we are getting into project, the entire structure will need a caisson
foundation system supporting structural slab and the materials described
above. We are now looking for alternative superstructure materials which
aren't so darn heavy due to the impact on foundation system.

We are now thinking of a structural steel vertical/lateral system with
infill for walls. The question is, metal studs, engineered lumber, or just
what for infill would be good to achieve owners desire of climate

If metal studs, every time you cut a stud or drill a screw you are
compromising the electroplating so..

If engineered lumber, just how well would Timberstrand studs stand up to a
beach climate compared to stick lumber..

At this point I'm fishing for ideas, past experiences, etc.


Mark D. Baker

Baker Engineering

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