Bill Foster

BIG BIM, little BIM = Good Design

by Bill Foster December 14, 2016

BIM (Building Information Modeling) One of my Architecture professors once told me that the materials and methods you use to express your design will also affect the design itself. For example, building a model out of clay pushes your design towards a more monolithic structure, […]

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Why does a Range Matter in My Break Room or Kitchenette?

by Bill Foster December 14, 2016
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Most jurisdictions in the US use the IBC which references ANSI 117.1 for specific accessibility standards.  (It is also interesting to note that the IBC simply references ANSI 117.1, not a particular year in Chapter 11.  You actually need to go to the index in the […]

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3 Story vs. 4 Story vs. 5 Story Apartments

by Bill Foster December 14, 2016
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We recently did a search for a good synopsis of the basic differences in costs and requirements for different heights/stories of apartment buildings. Finding none we decided it was time to fix that. 3 stories Type VB construction does not require rating of the structural […]

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Accessible Window Designs for Apartments for IBC and Fair Housing

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016

Looking for accessible windows for an IBC / ANSI Type A units?   I may have found some answers.   Looking for ADA compliant windows?  ADA also has very similar requirements to ANSI for operable parts and many of the websites below mention ADA compliance. Challenge: ANSI […]

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Mailroom Regulations for Apartments

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016
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The design of mailrooms is an important piece of the design of multifamily buildings. Mailrooms must comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, ANSI 117.1, the Postal Operations Manual, the United States Postal Service 4C guidelines and be approved by your local […]

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Why Mock-up Wall Sections Are a Great Idea for Your Next Building

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016

In addition to all the other reasons I love looking at construction projects mock-up wall sections are one of the most useful tools I’ve found on a job site for learning and teaching. Mock up walls can be specified in a project specification, general notes or […]

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EVstudio is on Taproot

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016
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Sorry to all of you Rock fans but we will not be opening for Taproot in the Winter Riot tour. In addition to sharing their name with a rock band, The Taproot Foundation is one of the largest organizations for the promotion of pro-bono work. EVstudio has done pro-bono projects for […]

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WiFi SD Cards: EyeFi and Toshiba Flash Air just made this Architects week

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016
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Maybe it is just me… but in a wireless world I’ve started to expect that when I take a photo (whether it be my latest Architectural masterpiece or a pumpkin that happens to look like Ghandi)… I should be able to immediately share it with all 500 of my […]

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Fire Penetration Rating Terms

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016

F Rating, T Rating? What? Fire rated assemblies are complicated enough but it is equally important to make sure that any penetrations of those assemblies are also put together well. First some definitions: F RATING. The time period that the through-penetration firestop system limits the spread of […]

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Top 10 Movie Architects

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016

As part of the Summer movie season, one of our principals suggested some blogs on the lighter side of things. So without too much intro I thought I would tackle the topic of searching out some of the better known Architect Roles in famous films in […]

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The Importance of Proper Drainage

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016

When planning a new building, house, or addition allowing room for drainage can be a critical factor in the maintenance and resale value of your home.  Talking with our Civil and Structural engineers the main cause of damage to properly designed foundations, and the ensuing […]

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The Clubhouse at Fairway Villas for Oakwood Homes

by Bill Foster June 10, 2016
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In the clubhouse, there is an exercise room, multi-purpose rooms for the many clubs and planned activities, kitchen/bar, dining area, grand room for gatherings or just relaxing, an outdoor kitchen and dining terrace, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, patio and an event lawn overlooking the golf […]

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