Jim Houlette

Clearance of Steel Beams in a Crawlspace

by Jim Houlette February 9, 2018

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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Helical Pier Foundations

by Jim Houlette January 11, 2018

Helical piers are typically used when repairing failed shallow foundations.  The helical piers are a deep foundation system that can be placed alongside existing foundations with very little interference. However, helical piers are also used for new construction as an alternative to typical straight shaft […]

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock

by Jim Houlette January 11, 2018

EVstudio provided post tension foundation design for the recent St Francis of Assisi Church.  The Church is being built by Fransen Pittman and designed by Architectural Innovations, LLC. This was a great project to be a part of.  The project was an addition to an […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette December 29, 2017

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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The Sunshine Subsidy for Colorado’s Tollways

by Jim Houlette December 14, 2017
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Just over a year after switch-on and with two global awards under its belt, the longest solar-powered toll road in the US is generating heightened interest in highway applications of alternative energy. The E-470, which loops around the eastern perimeter of the Denver metropolitan area […]

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Do Deicers or Ice Melts Damage Concrete?

by Jim Houlette December 7, 2017

We receive a lot of calls from homeowners and contractors about damaged concrete driveways asking if deicers or ice melts are the cause.  The issue goes to a structural engineer to determine when the homeowners and contractors cannot agree on, the cause of the damage. […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2017

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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Modified Rafter and Ceiling Joists for a Remodel Makes a Huge Difference

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2017

EVstudio provided Structural Engineering services for a recent remodel in south Denver.  This remodel involved modifying the existing rafters and flat ceiling joists to have a new vaulted ceiling.  The existing rafters were left in place and reinforced using collar ties.  Once the collar ties […]

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Basement Structural Floors

by Jim Houlette November 14, 2017

When a new house is located on a site with expansive soil an elevated structural floor is typically the best solution to prevent unwanted floor movement in the basement. The normal slab-on-grade basement floor is 4″ thick and is supported by the soil.  If the […]

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AutoDesk Revit Structure and Bentley RAM working together

by Jim Houlette October 30, 2017

EVstudio’s structural department is working on several new projects where we will be modeling the structure in Revit and exporting it to RAM to complete the analysis. The first trial tests have been working great.  As we become more comfortable with the process we will […]

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Effect of Overdriven Fasteners on Shear Wall Capacity

by Jim Houlette October 26, 2017

With the use of nail guns set too high and the speed of construction, many nails are over driven.  Most building officials don’t seem to notice or comment on this error.  But, if they do you might have a lot of work ahead of you […]

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USP Specifier

by Jim Houlette August 25, 2017

USP has recently added a software called USP Specifier to help you determine the best connector for the situation you have.  You can download the software and watch helpful learning tools on their website. A great tool to better serve your client by selecting the […]

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