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You can use a W10x19 (50 ksi) steel beam for your 16’ clear span foundation beams. The beam is 4” wide and 10.25” deep. It weighs 19 pounds per foot of beam length.
You could also use W8x21 (50 ksi) steel beam for your 16’ clear span foundation beams. The beam is 5.25” wide and 8.25” deep. It weighs 21 pounds per foot of beam length.
You will need to have a local engineer detail your connections.
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