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Hi Sharon


Restaurants, unless they are less than 750 square feet in dining area, are assembly occupancies, which would require 100 psf. And, judging from the occupancies you listed, seems like most, with possibly the exception of kitchen, fitness and mail room, would fit in the category of assembly occupancy also. I would use the same for kitchen and fitness rooms, especially if there is a lot of equipment involved. However, mail room is you normal office occupancy that requires 50 psf live plus 20 for partitions.


Ben Yousefi, SE

Santa Monica, CA

From: Sharon Robertson [mailto:sharon(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 10:19 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: floor live loads




UBC Table 16-A lists some general live loads.


What would you use for the following?

  • restaurant - dining room
  • restaurant - kitchen
  • restaurant - buffet area
  • cafe
  • community - living room
  • community - activity room
  • fitness room
  • movie / chapel room
  • mail room

Thank you,


Sharon Robertson, PE
Arcon Engineers 
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San Diego, CA  92123

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