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I think the frost depth in Nashville is 2’-0”, but I would certainly call the local city/county building official and confirm.


I use turn down slabs for PEMB foundations in the northeast and have used turndowns successfully in Canada and North Dakota in conjunction with a sub-grade perimeter insulation system.


Matthew Stuart

Structural Dept. - Manalapan

732-577-9889 x1283



-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Lewis [mailto:sea(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2005 4:42 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Nashville, TN area foundation help


I am designing a foundation for a pre-engineered metal building just south of Nashville, TN.  I haven’t done any work in TN in quite a while.  Most of my work is further south.  For a PEMB in this area, would the foundation style be a turned down slab on ground, or is it typical to have a separate foundation wall?  What is the typical depth of footing bottom below exterior grade in this area?


Thanks for your help.



Rich Lewis