Update of Serviceability Design Considerations for Low-Rise Steel Buildings

by Michael A. West, (M.ASCE),
James M. Fisher, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures 2001: A Structural Engineering Odyssey


In 1990, the American Institute of Steel Construction published Servicability Design Considerations for Low-Rise Buildings by James M. Fisher and Michael A. West. This document was published as No. 3 in AISC's Design Guide series. A decade has passed since the publication of this Guide. A second edition of the Guide is anticipated shortly. This presentation reviews the original guide and the authors' proposed revisions. The original Guide provided recommendations for the control of deflections, frame drift and vibrations for steel framed construction for low-rise buildings. The subject buildings are those which function as light manufacturing, crane buildings, warehousing, offices and other commercial and institutional buildings. The subject buildings are limited to those having the following proportions: 60 feet tall or less, a maximum of five stories and an aspect ratio of height to width of one or less. The Guide covers frame and member design criteria with respect to roofing, skylights, cladding, partitions, ceilings and equipment such as elevators, conveyors, cranes and mechanical equipment. The original Guide was sponsored by the American institute of Steel Construction and the Metal Building Manufactures Association.

Subject Headings: Steel construction | Low-rise buildings | Buildings | Building design | Steel structures | Commercial buildings | Steel frames

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