Jim Houlette

Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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A Reason We Have Engineers and Architects – Designing to Meet Code

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

EVstudio’s Structural Department was recently called to an existing house to provide recommendations to a home owner for completing a remodel in progress.   This is a typical request that EVstudio takes care of several times a week. But this visit will always be remembered, […]

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Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating in Post Tension Slab-on-grade Foundations

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

The structural department recently designed and observed the construction of a post tension slab-on-grade foundation that incorporated a hydronic radiant floor system.  Although there is nothing special about a hydronic radiant floor system in the basement floor, many builders and owners wonder if it can […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2016

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2016
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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Termites in Denver!?!!

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2016
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Yes, there are termites along the front range, including Denver.  It’s fairly rare, but EV does find wood structures damaged by these little bugs.  Typically, the termites are subterranean here, meaning their colony is safely below ground.  Most colonies are kept in check by our […]

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Post Tension Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

A Post Tension (PT) slab-on-grade (SOG) foundation is based on a typical raft SOG foundation with one major difference; high strength steel tendons pulled into tension.  Tendons are typically ½” diameter made of 7 steel wire strands that is then greased and encased in a […]

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Clearance of Steel Beams in a Crawlspace

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

For any elevated structural you need to provide sufficient space below the framing members to meet code requirements.  But there are several other reasons why you should provide additional clearance. If you are building a structural floor with wood joists you must provide 18” clearance […]

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Repair of Badly Damaged Joist and Sill Plate Due to Water Moisture

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

The repairs are complete at a residence in Greeley where water moisture was so severe along the entire north face of the house the joists and sill plate had crushed like cardboard.  EVstudio’s Structural Department worked with Complete Basement Systems to provide a high quality […]

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Structural Assessment of Fire Damaged Wood Structures

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

EVstudio’s forensic engineering services include Structural Assessment of Fire Damaged Wood Structures.  We have provided observations and repair recommendations for many residential wood structures damaged by fire. We work with insurance companies and contractors to clearly identify the damaged areas, provide repair recommendations and observe […]

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Purdue’s large scale testing facility

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016
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Purdue has a large scale civil engineering testing facility with over 50.000sqft of testing area indoors.  The floor is 14ft thick and supported by 5ft diameter piers reaching a 45ft depth! Capable of a 1,000,000lb load with only .1″ of deflection. The building was built […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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