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5-over-2 Podium Design: Part 2 – Diaphragm and Shear Wall Flexibility

Important design considerations and traditional approaches related to the design of a five-story wood-frame structure over a two-story concrete or masonry podium were addressed in Part 1 of this series. The goal of this article is to help engineers better understand flexibility issues associated with 5-over-2 structures and how they can affect the design process.

Marselle Condominium / PB Architects / photo Matt Todd