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It is a moderate seismic area, SDC C. Wind load=90 mph.

>From: Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)
>Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>To: gtg740p(--nospam--at), seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: Re: Precast vs Poured
>Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 14:18:48 EDT
>Where is it?   Since you don't mention seismic I assume that's not a concern.
>   If it were in a high seismic zone that would be a significant
>Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
>Richmond CA USA
>In a message dated 6/5/05 11:16:19 AM, gtg740p(--nospam--at) writes:
> > An architect asked me the other day whether I would prefer to use precast
> > or poured in place concrete for a new courthouse he is looking at.  I am
> > trying to get a list of advantages and disadvantages of each system .
> >  He is looking at the building being made of precast floors and facade,
> > poured floors with precast facade, or poured floors with brick facade. Of course
> > money is the most important factor for this project. It will be about 50,000
> > sq ft, involving 2 to 3 stories.
> >  From what I know, the precast will be cheaper and it will go up a lot
> > faster. But there will be less flexibility for penetrations. I would rather do the
> > poured concrete (whether reinforced or post tensioned) because of the design
> > involved. But of course I can't recommend it based on just that. I was
> > hoping one of you had recently done a similar size and function building and could
> > give some advice either way, (not just which system will be the cheapest
> > even though that is the most important aspect). 
> >  Thanks

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