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structural integrity of perimeter beams.

structural integrity of perimeter beams.

structural integrity of perimeter beams.

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should the perimeter grade beams follow the same structural integrity requirement stipulated by ACI 318?

RE: structural integrity of perimeter beams.

In general, I would be inclined to say yes but it somewhat depends on the function of the grade beams. What functions do your grade beams perform?

1) Support of wall/facade loads?

2) Ironing out differential settlement between piles?

3) Seismic lateral ties?

RE: structural integrity of perimeter beams.

(OP)
the whole building will sit on grade beams btw piles or pile caps to support different bearing walls. I am thinking they should but then the splices will be mile long which I don't like.

RE: structural integrity of perimeter beams.

Is your market tolerant of mechanical splices?

RE: structural integrity of perimeter beams.

(OP)
yeah. I know we can couplers. just want to see if I missed a waiver in the code.

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