I'm thinking of installing a rather large aquarium on the 4th floor of a residential high-rise which has a total of 27 floors. I plan to place it directly against a concrete column with a diameter of around 4 feet.
I think the main issues are:
- Overloading the slab such that it falls through the slab.
- Not overloading the floor to the extent that it falls through the floor but overloading the column.
Who do I need to talk to in order to find out if this is feasible before the project actually starts? The building manager, a civil engineer, or....?
The load is spread over about 8.5 ft². Are high-rise buildings designed to support live loads of this type and magnitude?