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Office of the University Building Official

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

Heather M. Snidow
Permit Technician
Phone: 540-231-5534

Steven Smith, PE
Phone: 540-231-2662

Joseph D. Zokaites, PE
Phone: 540-231-6613

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