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Maximizing Mid-Rise Value with Wood: Design Tips for Podiums, Sloped Sites and Other Complexities

Wed, Jun 12, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

While more developers and design teams are choosing wood for four- to six-story buildings because of its cost efficiency, design complexities such as podiums, sloping sites, lot line proximities and basements add to the challenge of navigating code provisions. This presentation will explore those provisions with an emphasis on allowances that increase density while ensuring fire and life safety performance. Topics will include podiums and vertical offsets, sloping sites and how to determine number of stories, allowances for single and multi-level basements, high-rise provisions and when they’re applicable, fire walls, mezzanines, and more.


James Ierardi, PE, PhD, AKF Group
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