Jim Houlette

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Pier Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Piers are constructed by drilling a hole into the ground and filling it with concrete and reinforcing. The diameter of the pier varies depending on the load the pier must support.

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Purdue’s large scale testing facility

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018
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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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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018
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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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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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