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Re: Poured in Place Slab vs. Raised Floor

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So now Developer Kevin is looking for free advice.  That's even cheaper than what he was looking for before!
Bill Cain, SE
Berkeley CA
In a message dated 6/5/2005 2:49:46 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, KevinPolin(--nospam--at) writes:



I have a LOT and the geologist gave us a soil bearing capacity of 5000 psi for the conventional footings, this is in southern California, Eagle Rock Area.


One of the structural engineers that I spoke with asked me if I wanted to use a poured slab on grade or a raised floor. I told him a poured slab on grade. I assume that in the case of a high seismic area or an earthquake, a reinforced poured slab would provide better protection than raised floor; this is because of the poured slabs monolithic nature.


The footing would be supporting a concrete ICF house.


Can someone give me their professional opinion on this?





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Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley CA