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Being a strip center, will there be interior walls dividing one shop from another?  Some fire separation walls may be required by local code.  Using a couple of them as shear walls may be acceptable… even if there is a door or two in the wall. 





From: David Smith [mailto:smith1129(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 1:25 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Long Building - How to make stand up?


I have an architect's proposed plan for a strip shopping center 320' long by 50' wide.

The two short sides and one long side will be masonry bearing walls.  The other long side will be store-front.

It appears to be too long for typical diaphragm type construction.  Short of going to moment frames every 25 ft or so, are there any suggestions for making this building stable?


Dave Smith

Smith Associates

Gainesville, GA