I have found that several clients have been complaining about increased costs as a result of seismic design requirements under the 2000 IBC. These increased costs seem to generally occur when you have a soil Site Class of D, E or F. My questions are what can be done to reduce these costs, if anything, and what affect would using a deep foundation system have? Does anyone think a more refined determination of the soil shear wave velocity or Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis would be worth it?
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide
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