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Updated Serviceability Design Guide Expands Scope to Include All Building Types

April 29, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

The second edition of AISC’s Design Guide 3: Serviceability Design Considerations for Steel Buildings is now available. While the First Edition focused on serviceability concerns in the design of low-rise buildings, the newly updated and revised edition addresses serviceability concerns with all structures.

“The Second Edition of this Guide considers serviceability criteria for all building applications, including high-rise structures,” explained Chris Hewitt, the staff engineer at AISC responsible for the Design Guide series. “The Guide also includes expanded coverage of topics such as floor levelness and drift criteria, as well as updated coverage of design considerations for skylights, cladding, and special equipment such as elevators and cranes. All references have been updated to their most current editions.”

Authors of the new Guide are Michael West and James Fisher from Computerized Structural Design and Larry Griffis from Walter P. Moore and Associates.

The new Guide is available online at no charge to AISC members or purchase a hardcopy for $30. Non-members can download it or purchase a hard copy for $60. To access or purchase a copy, visit www.aisc.org/bookstore or call 800.644.2400.

Other new publications from AISC include:

    • AISC Detailing Cards. The new AISC Detailing Cards are a quick and handy reference for the shape, gage, and strength properties of steel sections and connectors. Detailers and other draftspeople working with structural steel can purchase the cards for $30 members/$60 non-members.
    • Design Guide #18: Steel-Framed Open-Deck Parking Structures. The new Guide includes general information on open-deck parking structures, design considerations for both deck and framing systems, fire protection requirements, and durability. It’s available as a free download for AISC members ($60 for non-members) or a hardcopy can be purchased by members for $30 ($60 for non-members).

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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