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April Construction Watch: Costco

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Timothy April 23, 2012 at 08:35 PM
You're right, but that brings up a question that has puzzled me ever since the Costco was announced. How can they possibly provide enough structural support to have a Costco on the upper level and still have usable/rentable space underneath. Think of the hundreds of tons of merchandise stacked 20 feet high, and the live loads of forklifts and customers. Is this really going to be full-sized Costco with all the "bells and whistles"? Anybody shed any light on this? Thnx
AntonFisher April 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Timothy, Are you seriously puzzled whether they have considered dead and live loads in the design? Or are you being sarcastic in the questioning? This is one of the basics of structural engineering.
AntonFisher April 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Timothy, Are you seriously puzzled whether they have considered dead and live loads in the design? Or are you being sarcastic in the questioning? This is one of the basics of structural engineering...
Timothy April 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Neither. I'm sure they have considered live loads. I'm sincerely puzzled about how you could support something like the Costco stores I am used to on an upper level of a structure and still have usable space beneath. It would seem to me you'd have to have pillars or columns every few feet to support so much weight. I only mentioned live loads because because that would seem to exacerbate the problem. I did some quick internet research and I can't find any example of a full-sized Costco being on anything other than the ground level. No sarcasm intended.
Ben Schumin April 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I'm still figuring out how they're squeezing a Costco plus adequate parking in on that property. I suppose we'll all find out together, won't we?

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