Is your deck designed to handle a crowd?

From the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Bender-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Outdoor decks are a great way to extend living and entertaining spaces, but they can also be the most dangerous part of a building if not properly designed, constructed and maintained.

Researchers have found that the loads from people can exceed those of the most severe earthquakes and hurricanes.

Read all of this article by Washington State University civil engineering professor Don Bender in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce at

Read an earlier WSU News article about Bender’s research at