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Brian,
I just did a retail plaza similar but smaller than yours
and I used a moment resisting frame all along the front
glassed wall.  I think your colleague is asking for
trouble.
Gary

On 9 May 2006 at 7:21, Brian wrote:

> I need some help to settle an office dispute.
> 
> Currently we have a 1-story retail center project in
> our office.  The building is rectangular and approx
> 300 ft running in the NS direction and 90 ft in the EW
> direction.  The entire East face of the building is
> storefront glass (300 ft) and wraps about 20 ft on the
> North and South faces.  The rest of the building,
> which consists of the entire West face and the
> remaining portions of the North and South face, is
> contructed out of 8" masonry.  The roof is constructed
> of joists, joist girders and metal deck and there are
> interior steel columns and steel columns at the
> storefront to support.
> 
> Our differences come about for the lateral system in
> the long direction of the building.  My co-worker
> would like to design this building without a lateral
> frame on the East face and rely entirely on the
> masonry shear wall on the West face.  However, I
> believe that a lateral frame is required because I do
> not believe the metal roof deck can transfer the
> entire lateral force in that direction to the West
> face of the building.
> 
> We are mainly dealing with lateral forces due to a
> basic wind speed of 90 mph.
> 
> I would appreciate any other opinions out there.
> 
> Thanks!
> Brian
> 
> 
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