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I didn't get around to looking it up, but that's what I recalled, too.  I take a lot of heat from architects over this provision.  Other engineers don't include it, I guess.  And there are quite a few design-build projects that the contractors (with on-board architects) don't consult with a structural engineer.  It's a piss poor situation.


bcainse(--nospam--at) wrote:
From the 1967 Edition of the UBC:
Section 2302 (b) 3rd paragraph:
"Floors in office buildings and in other buildings, where partition locations are subject to change, shall be designed to support, in addition to all other loads, a uniformly distributed load equal to 20 pounds per square foot." 
Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley CA
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I do not recall seeing a number that low anywhere, and I go back that far.
Stanley Hochman, PE NJ Ret
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I am working on an office building which was built in 1970. Does any body know if 20 psf partion load for office buildings was specified somewhere in UBC 1970 or 1973. Any help on this would be highly appreciated.

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