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5-over-2 Podium Design: Part 1 – Path to Code Acceptance

Podium buildings, which include multiple stories of wood-frame construction over a concrete or masonry podium, can be a way to maximize the number of stories in mid-rise projects, increase unit density, and lower costs. 

First published in Structure magazine, Part 1 of this two-part article covers important design considerations and traditional approaches to 5-over-2 projects.

Related: Part 2 – Diaphragm & Shear Wall Flexibility

Photo Brett Drury