Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of new wood and mass timber technologies. This summary report looks at ten international tall wood buildings, and presents common lessons learned from the experiences of various stakeholders, including the developer/owner, design team, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and construction team for each project.
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Q: What design and detailing considerations exist when splicing shear wall top plates at wall discontinuities?
A: Disruption of shear wall top plates can occur for many reasons—e.g., the presence of a continuous structural steel column within the wall, installation of plumbing vents, change in wall widths, or a slight jog in wall position. In some cases, a shear wall’s top plates are used as chords and/or collectors for a diaphragm, meaning that discontinuities in the top plates create discontinuities in lateral load paths