Bill Foster

Apartments – ADA, FHA, ANSI, Title 9 and the IBC

by Bill Foster April 27, 2017

When working on Apartment buildings we as Architects are responsible for accommodating a large cross section of the population. Being in the public realm also means that there is quite a complex web of regulation that applies to the site, common spaces and the units […]

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

by Bill Foster April 12, 2017
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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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LIHTC, Section 8 and the USDA: An Interview with Hamilton Realty Advisors (HRA)

by Bill Foster January 20, 2017

Having met with Christopher Stefan of HRA at two separate ULI events we decided to meet up so I could learn more about what HRA does for its clients and in the process learn more about the financing behind affordable housing to better serve our […]

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10 Good Questions to Ask When Planning an Indoor Agricultural Grow House

by Bill Foster January 20, 2017

As you might know, there is a big growth in Indoor Agriculture in Colorado. If you’re planning one, these are the top ten questions that you’ll want to ask: Are there any existing drawings of your facility?  You will almost certainly need a building permit […]

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Top 10 Movie Architects

by Bill Foster January 20, 2017

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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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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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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