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Varying Design Wind Speeds for Arvada, Colorado

by evstudio July 15, 2014

Contractors, Owners and Designers should be aware that the City of Arvada has five different wind zones of varying intensity. This could mean a difference of up to 20-25 pounds per square foot of wind pressure on the components and cladding of roofs. For a […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio July 15, 2014

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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Selecting Packaged Rooftop Units

by evstudio July 14, 2014

Small packaged rooftop units usually have the following components; a DX cooling section (DX stands for Direct EXpansion and refers to the process of evaporation, or expansion of refrigerant to absorb heat from the air being cooled), a natural gas-fired heating section, a constant-volume supply […]

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Archiving a Worksharing-Enabled Revit Model

by evstudio July 14, 2014

Archiving your Revit model is an important way to maintain documentation of your projects, and the process can be a little tricky if your model is worksharing-enabled. After major milestones, follow these steps to properly archive your work. 1.  Open the central file; you must […]

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Design Options in Revit

by evstudio July 14, 2014

Design is rarely a linear path; often we start with several concepts that we feel are viable options. It is usually necessary to present multiple options to clients so they can determine how the project would best suit their needs, or to work through different […]

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Common Land Surveys Available From EVstudio in Colorado

by evstudio July 14, 2014

EVstudio has a Colorado Professional Land Surveyor as part of our team and provides a variety of surveys to meet our clients’ needs. Four of the most commonly requested surveys are improvement location certificates, land survey plats, improvement survey plats and ALTA/ACSM surveys. IMPROVEMENT LOCATION […]

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Review of New Weyerhaeuser iPhone Application

by evstudio May 29, 2014
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iPhoned individuals may be interested to know that Weyerhaeuser has released a productive alternative to Fruit Ninja in the form of a deck beam sizing application (available from the Apple App Store here). This application requires only three inputs from the user to size a […]

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Apartment Units – How Do They Measure Up?

by evstudio May 20, 2014

There are several ways to calculate the area of different projects types. At EVstudio, we typically provide both the gross and net rentable areas of dwelling units in apartment projects. Gross area is measured from the centerline of common walls (or “party walls”), and from […]

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Handrail Extensions for Commercial Stairs

by evstudio May 20, 2014
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Handrail extensions are required for all commercial stairs. Handrails should return to a wall, guardrail or walking surface, or should be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent stair flight or ramp run.  If handrails are not continuous, they should extend a minimum of 12 […]

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Avoid Costly Future Alterations: Free Fair Housing and Accessibility Presentation

by evstudio May 20, 2014

This week the Department of Local Affairs (DORA) Civil Rights Division offered one of four free lectures on Fair Housing, Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations. The lecture is given by DORA’s fair housing expert, Jennifer McPherson, she covers the local, state and federal fair housing regulations. This is a must see for architects, […]

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When You Need Concrete Repair And Restoration

by evstudio May 20, 2014

If your concrete walls, walkways, floors or driveways have become stained or dirty, then concrete restoration could help you to fix these problems. Concrete restoration can make your surfaces look new again, without the hassle and expense of completely replacing the concrete. Special power cleaning […]

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What in the World is a Ufer Ground?

by evstudio May 20, 2014

In EVstudio’s structural engineering practice this question comes up almost every week. In contemporary construction, a ufer is a concrete encased ground electrode, which is most often a 20 foot long piece of #4 rebar cast into a foundation wall that will protrude from the […]

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