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Confirmed: Treated Lumber Now Looks Quite Similar to Untreated Lumber

by evstudio July 27, 2018
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It recently while performing routine structural observations it has come to find that the process of treating lumber has changed and modern treated lumber looks quite different than that of the last 5 or so years. Below is an example of what treated lumber had […]

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Historic Preservation is the Conservation of our Cultural Heritage

by evstudio July 27, 2018

The practice of Historic Preservation is the conservation of our cultural heritage. Historic buildings, even when they’ve fallen to misuse and disrepair, are often important landmarks in the landscapes of our communities. In addition, many historic buildings are important chronicles of the activities and ways […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio July 23, 2018
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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Lose Weight Today! Ask Me How. – Steel Beams

by evstudio July 2, 2018

I apologize if the title is misleading. The weight I am talking about is the weight of steel beams. Why am I concerned about the weight of steel beams you may ask? The answer is that steel product suppliers typically price steel beams in terms […]

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Sapphire Reviewer- Running a Model

by evstudio March 29, 2018
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As EVstudio gets further into the process of modeling structural layouts in Sapphire Reviewer, we are continually finding creative solutions to common issues that arise when running a model. The image below shows one of our houses after the MXF files have been imported and […]

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Drinking Fountain vs. Water Cooling Units

by evstudio March 29, 2018

When installing a drinking fountain in a renovation project, there may not always be a water source nearby.  A water cooler would be the more practical choice.  In a recent educational renovation, we specified an Elkay EZH20 Water Cooler which has a faster fill rate than a traditional […]

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Proper Bearing of I-Joist Rafters

by evstudio March 29, 2018

As today’s architectural design trends toward more open floor plans with vaulted ceilings there is a need for economical rafters that will span long distances while maintaining a shallow profile. In many situations pre-manufactured I-joist rafters fit that need. As a structural engineer I have […]

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Seismic Testing of a Mid-Rise Wood Framed Structure

by evstudio March 27, 2018

After the destruction caused by the 1995 Kobe earthquake the Japanese government took it upon themselves to construct the world’s largest seismic testing table, often referred to as a “shake table”. This testing facility, called Earth-Defense, was built to its enormous size out of necessity. […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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Social Networks for Design Inspiration

by evstudio March 27, 2018

Surely you’ve heard of Pinterest by now; it’s the social media website that allows users to virtually “pin” images and links that they find inspiring, from delicious looking recipes to captivating architectural masterpieces. Pinterest has provided both designers and homeowners a place to collect information […]

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Agilia Self-Consolidating Concrete

by evstudio March 27, 2018
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An EVstudio residential client is considering using Agilia in place of gypcrete to be applied over their radiant floors.  It tends to be more cost-effective and can be polished and finished similar to concrete. Agilia’s Gyvlon Screed A (by Lafarge) is a pump-applied, free-flowing floor […]

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The Santa Fe Style – Blending Pueblo and Territorial Architecture

by evstudio March 8, 2018

The Santa Fe style is a variation of both the Pueblo Revival and Territorial Style of architecture, made popular in the late 1800s.  It became the standard in New Mexico after it was defined by the Santa Fe Historic Zoning Ordinance of 1957.  The ordinance […]

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