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RE: intermediate ties for pedestals in pre-engineered metal building

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If the pedistal requires reinforcing, then the answer is yes. You must apply all of the provisions of ACI 318. If it does not require reinforcing, then a few bars will make no difference.

Harold Sprague

From: "Haan, Scott M POA" <Scott.M.Haan(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: intermediate ties for pedestals in pre-engineered metal building
Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 17:05:32 -0800

Do pedestals / pilasters in pre-engineered metal buildings have to meet ACI
318 compression member tie requirements?  Does a 30"x30" square
pilaster with 12 vertical bars have to have ties spaced not more than 6" and
every other bar tied?  I've done a review on a design build contract and no
intermediate ties were provided.  The designer is arguing that the pilaster
is lightly loaded and ties were only provided based on good engineering
practice.  Your answer may help spend your income tax dollars more wisely.

Thanks for your opinion.

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