Sean O'Hara

New Year’s Resolution for a Sustainable Future

by Sean O'Hara May 15, 2017

The dawn of the New Year is approaching. The buzz of the New Year’s Resolution is beginning to consume the void space of the radio stations. The typical resolutions are out there – exercise more, eat less fast food, get organized, spend less money, save […]

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Have Your Architect Hire the Engineers

by Sean O'Hara April 28, 2017

In the traditional architectural project the client will hire the architect and in turn the architect will bring on any consultants and engineers that are necessary to deliver the project. Recently, I’ve seen a number of clients who prefer to hire all of the consultants […]

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When Do You Need More Than One Door? – Spaces That Require More Than One Means of Egress

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

The 2006 International Building Code spells out the conditions where you are required to have two or more exits or as I prefer to see it, where you can have only one exit from a space. Generally the requirements are straight forward but there are […]

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Education and Training Required to Become a Licensed Architect

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

One of the most common questions I hear from clients is “what does it take to become a licensed architect?” The answer is relatively simple to explain but difficult to complete. Most states have adopted a common process for architectural licensure: The first item is […]

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CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Initiatives

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

I recently was part of a conversation with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s President, John Norquist, about the proposed changes to the elevated section of I-70 in Denver. He pointed us to the CNU Highways to Boulevards Initiative website. There are several great examples […]

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Archived Historic Denver Building Codes

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

While researching code regulations for a structure that we are remodeling, I came across the page holding all of the adopted building codes and amendments for the City and County of Denver. They date as far back as 1881 and are certainly an entertaining read. […]

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The Relationship Between Architectural Scope and Fee on Tenant Finish (TI)

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

I had an email conversation earlier this week with a potential client who asked if he decided to spend more or less on his tenant finish project what it would do to the fees. This is a very interesting question and points out one of […]

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Elevator Machine Rooms Need To Be Rated Too

by Sean O'Hara April 27, 2017

The International Building Code requires that elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces have at least the same rating as the elevator shaft. The openings into the machine room also need to be protected with doors having a fire rating equal to the fire rating of […]

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Where the Building Code Requires More Than Two Exits

by Sean O'Hara April 15, 2017

In most building types the occupant count is low enough that the building is only required to have  one or two exits. The International Building Code calls out where you must have more. In each story where you have 501-1,000 occupants you are required to […]

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Denver Really is a Great City for Architects

by Sean O'Hara April 15, 2017
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One of the highlights in my recent trip to Atlanta was a chance to talk to several professionals and academics about the state of architecture in Atlanta. Listening to their worries gave me a real sense of appreciation for the prospects that architects face in […]

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When is a Stage a Platform in the International Building Code?

by Sean O'Hara April 15, 2017

One of our current projects is the renovation of the gymnasium at the Denver Montclair International School to add a stage at the end of the gymnasium. The stage area is approximately 1,090 square feet. In the International Building Code a “stage” over 1,000 sf […]

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Residential Stair Design – Guidelines, Criteria and Dimensions

by Sean O'Hara April 15, 2017

I received a question about stair width from one of our clients and thought it made sense to clarify the typical stair design rules for houses. These are the rules that are in the 2006 International Residential Code. Stairways have to be at least 36″ […]

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