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Strength Design of Columns and Pilasters & System Behavior

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Masonry columns and pilasters are often used in masonry buildings to carry large, concentrated loads, and, for pilasters, to support walls subjected to out-of-plane loads. Required detailing of these elements will be reviewed and strength design provisions will be introduced for these elements. This session of Masonry Night School: Strength Design of Masonry will also look several sample masonry buildings to discuss system behavior and overall design methodology for masonry structures.

Continuing Education: 1 AIA LU / 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce masonry column and pilaster elements
  • Discuss required detailing of columns and pilasters
  • Review the design of masonry columns
  • Review the design masonry pilasters
  • Discuss behavior of masonry building systems
  • Introduce an overall design methodology for masonry structures

About the Presenter

John M. Hochwalt, P.E., S.E., Director of Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers-Seattle Structural Group, is Director of Engineering for the Seattle structural group of KPFF Consulting Engineers. In that capacity, he provides technical leadership for over one hundred structural engineers. Prior to joining KPFF in 1998, he worked with RTKL in Baltimore and Barber & Hoffman in Cleveland. In addition to providing engineering services for the design of new buildings and retrofit of existing buildings, he has taught structural design of masonry the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, the Structural Engineers Association of Washington, the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, The Masonry Society, and the University of Washington. He is the current editor of the Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook, originally authored by James Amrhein, and he recently served as co-author on the new Strength Design Guide of Masonry. Within The Masonry Society he has served in a variety of capacities including Chair of the subcommittee for Seismic and Limit Design for TMS 402, voting member of the TMS 402 Main committee, and corresponding member of the Design Practices Committee.  He was recently elected to serve on TMS’s Director of Directors and received a 2020 TMS Service Award.


March 3
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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