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RE: Composite Beams vs Composite Joists

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Mr. Haynes
    I suggest you investigate the Vescom Structures Composite joist and Composite Joist Girders.  I use these components in a number of my DESIGN-BUILD structural framing projects.  The primary advantage of using the joists and girders for office projects is to allow duct work in the joist cavity and the reduced depth of construction for the structural section.  You can check out the joist by the links on my company website.
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: Will Haynes [mailto:gtg740p(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 9:46 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Composite Beams vs Composite Joists

I am looking for some opinions on using composite steel joists instead of composite steel beams for a typical concrete floor slab in an office building. I have almost always seen composite steel beam floor slabs and I just wonder why there are not more composite joists being used?
I am sure it comes down to money, but I wonder how can comp. joists really be that much more expensive than beams? You also get the advantage of running the mechanical through the joists.
Will Haynes

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