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Design Criteria


For the Main Campus located in Blacksburg Virginia:

Ground Snow Load: 30 psf

Wind Exposure: Category B (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)

Wind Speed: 90 mph

Spectral Response Acceleration:
Ss%g: 28% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)
S1%g: 7% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)

Subject to Damage from:
Weathering: Severe
Frost Depth: 24” min.
Termite: Moderate to heavy
Decay: Slight to Moderate

Ice Shield Required: yes

Flood Hazard: some areas yes, refer to FIRM

Climate Zone: 4

Winter Design Temperature: 16 F

Yearly Heating Days: 4150

Yearly Cooling Days: 1154

Mean Annual temperature: 55 F

Air Freezing Index: 250

Latitude/Longitude: 37° 13’ 38.94” N / 80° 25’ 19.70” W

University Building Official
William Hinson Jr. PE CBO
230 Sterrett Dr.
Blacksburg VA 24061
Office phone: 540-231-4678
Office Fax: 540-231-7239
Email: Hinson@vt.edu

Heather M. Snidow
Permit Technician
Phone: 540-231-5534
Email: hsnidow@vt.edu

Steven Smith, PE
Inspector/Reviewer
Phone: 540-231-2662
Email: stsmith1@vt.edu

Joseph D. Zokaites, PE
Inspector/Reviewer
Phone: 540-231-6613
Email: jzokaites@vt.edu


Related Links

VA Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

VA Building and Code Officials Association

VA Department of Fire Programs

VA Department of Health - New River Health District