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RE: Long Building - How to make stand up?

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I doubt the building code will let you go 130' without an area separation (fire) wall. Make the area separation wall a masonry wall, and you will be good to go unless the wall height is very large. It will be a lot of stitch fasteners, but it will work.

You probably will have to divided it into about thirds, in which case the area separation walls will be close enough to where the diaphragm shear loads will work easily.

If that is still a problem, you will have to put the frames in to keep the diaphragm loads manageable.

Harold Sprague

From: "David Smith" <smith1129(--nospam--at)>
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Subject: Long Building - How to make stand up?
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 14:25:25 -0400

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

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