Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE

Gabion Walls can be used for Landscape Design as well as Retaining Wall Design

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE February 6, 2019

One type of site wall system that is very common in Europe, and only beginning to gain popular acceptance in the US is a Gabion Wall System. Essentially, a Gabion wall is a wire cage that is formed to contain loose rocks as a mass. […]

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Top 10 Important Things to Know for SIPs

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 29, 2019

With the growing popularity of SIP designed homes, it is important to know some critical details that are different than traditional stick frame design. Below is a list of what I have developed as important details to consider as early as the pre-design stage as […]

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One Principal’s Advice to an Architecture Student Looking at Grad Schools

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 29, 2019
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Here’s a question I received today from an Architecture Student finishing up their Bachelor’s Degree and looking at Graduate programs: “Hello, I will be a graduate of Montana State University this Spring in their Architecture program. I just recently was accepted into the University of […]

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EVstudio can help you with your Manual J and Manual D calculations

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 10, 2019

Building jurisdictions across the country are in the process of adopting versions of the International Building Codes, and in both the 2006 and 2009 IBC, there are new requirements for providing heating and cooling loads calculated by using an approved calculation such as the ACCA Manual J. […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for High Schools

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 7, 2019
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In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building […]

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Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 7, 2019

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

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EVstudio Designed Home Constructed at The Highlands at Breckenridge

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 3, 2019
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EVstudio’s Mountain Studio does a lot of work across the Colorado mountains as well as the western region in general. One of our single family projects was a 4,000 square foot resort home in the Highlands at Breckenridge. One of the challenging requirements of mountain […]

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The Skinny on Thermal Mass

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 30, 2018

Alright, let me first say that while I studied thermodynamics and heat transfer in school, it’s been many years since I’ve had to look up a specific heat capacity coefficient. With that said, there are some fundamental things that have stuck and I can’t help […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for Apartments in Austin Texas

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 30, 2018
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EVstudio is very active in our Austin office as the multifamily boom continues to drive Austin construction starts. All of our projects start with one fundamental question: How much will this apartment project cost? Our primary resource for construction cost estimating is RSMeans, along with […]

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Deadline for “Bang for your Buck” TV Show Application fast Approaching

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 30, 2018

Hey DENVER! Do you or someone you know live in a cool renovated loft or condo Downtown? If you have recently renovated a space and think it deserves to win a generous grand prize, then HGTV is looking for you!! Home & Garden Television’s BANG […]

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Interesting Insights on Architecture That Can Repair Itself

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 30, 2018

Most people  don’t realize that there is a growing  body of research in the world of architecture based on biologic solutions to our built environment. This particular video by Rachel Armstrong from TED.com discusses technologies that are currently being researched that would actually use living […]

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Packaged Task Lighting for Dentist Offices

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 16, 2018
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I’ve unfortunately been spending a lot of time in a dentist chair lately and have noticed that all of the tools of this trade are generally self contained and packaged in a single workstation. We have designed a number of pediatric dentist offices and have […]

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