A Tour of a “Made In America” Factory

by Michael Banks January 20, 2017
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A short time ago, I was given the opportunity to visit the manufacturing facility and headquarters of  Weil Pump Company. While I’d visited manufacturing facilities in the past, the home-built processes and workflows at Weil stood out. First, the company is located in picturesque Cedarburg, […]

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Fire Protection Ponds – Water Storage

by EVstudio AEP January 6, 2017

Another one of our Jefferson County, Colorado Grading Permit projects is almost finished with construction. This particular client came to us last year and wanted us to design a fire protection pond that would ultimately provide the required water storage volume to provide fire protection […]

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City of Denver Affordable Housing Fee Now in Effect January 2017

by Dean Dalvit January 6, 2017

Affordable housing fee in effect; New application required for building permits As of January 1, new development in Denver is subject to a fee ranging from $0.40 to $1.70/sq. ft., depending on project type. These fees will support the development and preservation of affordable housing. Every […]

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Controlling Western Sun Glare with Electrochromic Windows at NREL

by Dean Dalvit December 14, 2016

We recently had the pleasure of touring the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Research Support Facility and one of the many features we saw that contributed to their net zero building was Electrochromic Windows. To be used in applications where there are great views (and as […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure in Montclair

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2016
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For the past few weeks we have been working hand-in-hand with the owner of a fantastic historic property in the Montclair neighborhood. The first phase of the project was to open up the kitchen and make it more livable and applicable to how people live […]

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Why is OSB Less Expensive than Plywood?

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2016
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If you took a giant pencil sharpener, sharpened a giant pencil, and then glued all the shavings together, you would have a plywood structural panel. Plywood is made of thin sheets of wood veneer laminated together in a hot press. Most people at some point […]

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Copperas Cove Schools Get New Architect

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2016
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The Copperas Cove Leader Press featured an article on Friday March 1, 2013 about the new official relationship between the Copperas Cove ISD and EVstudio.     Floor Plan of SC Lee Junior High Weight Room On Tuesday Feb 26 the School Board of Trustees […]

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9-Story Mixed-Use Tower

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2016
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This is a quick sketch that we recently put together for a proposed 9-story mixed-use building. It has a podium of parking on the bottom level with multifamily housing above. At the beginning of projects we use a variety of tools to create concepts to […]

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BIG BIM, little BIM = Good Design

by Bill Foster December 14, 2016

BIM (Building Information Modeling) One of my Architecture professors once told me that the materials and methods you use to express your design will also affect the design itself. For example, building a model out of clay pushes your design towards a more monolithic structure, […]

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Structural Implications for a Residential Deck to be Designed for a Hot Tub

by Kacy Landsittel December 14, 2016

From time to time EVstudio is asked about the feasibility of retrofitting an existing deck to accommodate a hot tub and in some cases to design a deck for a hot tub on a new project. Here is some basic background information on the structural […]

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Efficiency of Air Conditioners and Condensing Units in the New Denver Code

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2016
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Later this year, the Denver building code will be updated, and the 2015 International Energy Conversation Code (IECC) will replace the 2006 IECC with respect to the minimum required mechanical efficiency of all HVAC units. This multi-part post will compare the 2006 requirements to those […]

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Open House Plan for a Small 20′ Wide House

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2016

One of my favorite repeat clients called a few days ago and needed a plan for a small house to go on a 25′ wide lot in Denver. The house itself could not be more than 20′ wide. The client wanted a plan that would […]

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