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Something can be said for CMU walls vs tilt-up, at least there is a
inherent degree of fixity with the non-load bearing CMU walls utilized
by a W/M.

Also, I don't know if the HD had load-bearing walls or not, but I do
know that the W/M does _NOT_ have load bearing CMU walls.

M.

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:35 PM, Harold Sprague
<spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com> wrote:
> Smart move to mow the yard.
>
> First of all, few structures can resist a EF 5, and it is naive to think
> that you can or should design structures for an EF 5.  It is done in the
> nuclear industry.  One can develop the probabilities for a building being
> hit by an EF 5.  That said, relatively inexpensive modifications of design
> could be employed to mitigate catestrophic failures for structures such as
> this.  The building codes are MINIMUM requirements predicated on life safety
> for natural hazards for defined probabilities.
>
> It is an Owner's call about designing structures beyond the code minimums or
> other standards determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.  I think
> that Home Depot has announced that they will be putting shelter areas inside
> the store that will be built in Joplin.
>
> Regards, Harold Sprague
>
>> Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:51:26 -0500
>> Subject: Joplin, MO Tornado and the Home Depot building in the media...
>> From: mike.maryjones(--nospam--at)gmail.com
>> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>>
>> List:
>>
>> Any comments on the CBS article on the Home Depot failure in Joplin?
>>
>>
>> http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/06/28/warehouses-stores-schools-not-tornado-proof/
>>
>> I currently reside in the Joplin region, and almost visited the Home Depot
>> store the afternoon of the tornado, but decided to mow my lawn instead.
>>
>> M.
>>
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