Sean O'Hara

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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Projects Outside of Colorado

by Sean O'Hara April 7, 2017

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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How Many Toilets and Sinks Do You Need – Plumbing Fixture Requirements

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017
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Have you ever wondered how a mall only seems to have one set of restrooms while an office building has nearly as many on every floor? It all comes back to the plumbing fixture requirements dictated by the building code. When we design a building, […]

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Finding and Choosing the Best Architect for Your Project

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017
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Last week I gave a talk on “How to Work With an Architect” as part of Colorado Architecture Month. One of the questions from the audience was “how do I find the right architect for my project”. Of course I told them to just talk […]

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Operable Windows in Aluminum Storefront Systems and Curtain Wall Systems

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

A few weeks ago I toured a project with Brion Doyle from Spectrum General Contractors and we talked about options for putting operable windows into storefront and curtain wall systems. As it turns out, many manufacturers have not anticipated or provided for the architect’s push […]

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Lecture Hall Building Looks Like the Rendering!

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017
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Its really not a surprise to the architect when the finished building looks like the rendering but its always nice to see. This is from a lecture hall that we did for the Christian House of Prayer. The finished photo: And now the rendering:   […]

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How Can You Tell if a Door is Fire Rated

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

When you’re putting together code reviews for remodels and additions in commercial projects, its often important to know which existing doors are rated. Figuring it out is pretty simple, in order to qualify as a rated door it has to be labeled. So look at […]

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Architect Project Delivery with Design Build Mechanical and Electrical

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

In a traditional design/bid/build project delivery the architect hires the engineers and the engineering drawings are part of the bid package. With smaller tenant finish projects we are now seeing a scenario where the engineering drawings are being provided design/build by the contractor. The contractor […]

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Snap to Both Sides of Walls in AutoCAD Architecture – Layer 0

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture walls have a justification line and a width. Sometimes snaps will only work on the justification line and not on the linework determined by the width setting. After some aggravation with this, I’ve found the cause and the solution. ACA will not snap […]

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