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In addition to Bruce's recommendations, which are well thought out, you may need to consider vibrations for the fitness room.  Rhythmic vibrations can be transmitted through buildings in the strangest ways and can be quite annoying.  If possible, fitness rooms are a good candidate for slab-on-grade location.
Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley CA
-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Holcomb <bholcomb(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 12:45:50 -0500
Subject: RE: floor live loads

See below.
-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Robertson [mailto:sharon(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 12:19 PM
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 100 psf (IBC Table 1607.1, ASCE 7 Table 4-1)
·         restaurant - kitchen We typically use 100 psf. the non-mandatory Commentary to ASCE 7 recommends 150 psf)
·         restaurant - buffet area 100 psf (same as restaurant)
·         cafe 100 psf (same as restaurant)
·         community - living room 100 psf (allow for assembly-type occupancy)
·         community - activity room 100 psf (allow for assembly-type occupancy)
·         fitness room 100 psf
·         movie / chapel room depends on fixed seating or not. 60 for fixed, 100 for not fixed
·         mail room 125 psf (assume for storage of mail)
Thank you,
Sharon Robertson, PE
Arcon Engineers 
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