Sean O'Hara

Means of Egress Hazard Categories in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara May 30, 2019

The International Existing Building Code (IEBC) is the I-Code that covers existing buildings in depth. While the International Building Code (IBC) covers changes of occupancy in existing buildings, the IEBC goes into much greater detail. When you’re doing a change of occupancy, see if your […]

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Mixed-Use Buildings in Golden, Colorado

by Sean O'Hara May 23, 2019
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EVstudio is working with one of our clients to complete two key mixed-use buildings in downtown Golden, Colorado. When complete these buildings will feature residential units, offices, commercial storefront and underground parking. We’ll post more information as they begin construction in early 2015.   Originally […]

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Windows Close to the Floor

by Sean O'Hara May 23, 2019

There are a number of codes related to windows. As windows have been growing in size, and therefore getting closer to the floor, there is a new one that we’re starting to run into. The International Residential Code section R613.2 Window Sills states: In dwelling […]

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Drinking Fountains and Janitor Service Sinks – They are Required Fixtures

by Sean O'Hara May 23, 2019
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When we put together plans for small projects people often ask “why are you putting in a drinking fountain and a janitor’s sink?” The answer is pretty simple, even on small projects they are required by the International Building Code. Whatever the size of your […]

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Designing Your House – Part 9

by Sean O'Hara May 21, 2019

What is the structure that is going to be holding up your house? More than any of our previous questions, your initial answer may be that’s why you hired an architect. While it’s defintely true, we still like to explore your options with you and […]

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Designing a Commercial Kitchen – What the Small Restaurant Owner Needs to Give Their Architect

by Sean O'Hara May 15, 2019

I’ve designed a number of restaurants recently and I’ve noticed a common thread. In many cases restaurant owners have an existing location and want to expand with an additional location or they may want to move their existing equipment to a new location. They know […]

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Projects Outside of Colorado

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019

The majority of EVstudio’s projects are in Colorado and the projects that we do through 157 Architecture are all in Texas. However we have done work in quite a number of states and we enjoy practicing in new areas. In the last couple years we’ve […]

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EVstudio Basecamp

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019

We have added a basecamp online collaboration website to our list of tools. We are using this tool to better work with clients that have complex projects with multiple drawing releases, tight schedules and/or large groups of contacts. If you’re currently working on a project […]

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City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019
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  Last night my wife and I had dinner with friends from graduate school at Georgia Tech. Three of them were in the city planning program with my wife Stephanie (my architecture school was just down the hall). I mentioned that as an architect one […]

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Interior Renovation at Ricks Center for Gifted Children

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019
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In 2011 EVstudio designed an interior remodel project for the Ricks Center for Gifted Children. Ricks is a school for children from 3 years old to 8th grade and is located at the University of Denver. The original design was a great starting point and […]

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Required Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

by Sean O'Hara March 29, 2019

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design establishes the minimum number of accessible parking spaces. The International Building Code requirements are very similar. They do this by looking at the amount of parking provided for a building and establishing the required total. With the ADA the […]

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Christmas Lights and Your Architect’s Design

by Sean O'Hara March 28, 2019

As I drove around today I noticed that people are starting to hang their Christmas lights. If Christmas lights are important to you and something you plan to put up on your house, multifamily building, office building, retail center, etc go ahead and let your […]

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