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E – 1625 – Coastal Construction: Constructing the Building

Intended Audience: civil & geotechnical engineers



This course discusses the construction aspects of various coastal construction challenges and other aspects of the process, including the construction items that are likely to require the most attention from the builder in order for the design intent to be achieved. Although much of the discussion in this course is related to constructing the building to meet the architect’s and engineer’s design intent for existing and future conditions (such as erosion and sea-level rise), durability of the building elements is also important. Wood decay, termite infestation, metal corrosion, and concrete and masonry deterioration can weaken a building significantly, making it hazardous to occupy under any conditions and more likely to fail in a severe natural hazard event.

Builders may find that the permitting and inspection procedures in coastal areas are more involved than those in inland areas. Not only must all Federal, State, and local Coastal Zone Management and other regulatory requirements be met, the design plans and specifications may need to be sealed by a design professional.

  • Pile, and Wood Foundation Construction
  • Concrete and Masonry Foundation Construction
  • Foundation Material Durability
  • Material Substitution
  • Foundation Inspection Points
  • Structural Frame
  • Structural Connections
  • Floor Framing
  • Horizontal Beams and Girders
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • Building Envelope
  • Top Building Envelope Issues for Builders

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