Exposed Trusses – Where Craft and Functionality Meet

by Hayley Selden July 29, 2019
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Classic mountain homes have traditionally been constructed of heavy timbers – initially due to available materials, and now for continued aesthetics. Exposed timbers have since found their way into other modern design trends with farmhouse and industrial styles gaining popularity. Although many of these current […]

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Geared Security Hinges

by Maciek Gesikowski, EIT, LEED AP BD+C July 26, 2019
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Geared Security Hinges: If you’ve ever wondered how to hang a door with a hinge on the exterior side of the door that will also protect from forced entry, a geared hinge is your solution.  Geared hinges are super light since they are extruded from […]

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LEED: A Critique of the Unintended Consequences of Credit 5.2: Maximize Open Space

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has been a product of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) since 1998.  Since 1998, LEED has grown and is a valued resource for many buildings across the country.  I will provide a series of posts […]

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Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette, PE July 26, 2019

When designing floor joists engineers must check several design properties including moment, shear, bearing and deflection.  In this article we are going to focus on deflection since it is a common complaint from homeowners. For any structural member deflection limits must be satisfied based on […]

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Letter of Recommendation From the Patel’s for EVstudio

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 26, 2019
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I recently received an email from one of our past residential clients and they included a nice note of recommendation: When we decided to build a new home, we had very little experience in the process. We were referred to architect Sean O’ Hara and […]

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Permanent Retaining Walls using Soil Nails and Shotcrete

by Jim Houlette, PE July 26, 2019

EVstudio does a wide range of projects and design services.  One of those services is soil retention and temporary soil shoring.  There are many different ways to retain soil, but one of my favorites is the use of soil nails and shotcrete.  With the right […]

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This or That #1: LEED accreditation vs. certification

by Matt Svoboda, AIA July 26, 2019
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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the US Green Building Council as a way to quantify environmentally friendly design in buildings and everywhere you go in our industry you hear about people and their projects becoming either accredited […]

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Cost Per Square Foot for Construction for Medical Office Buildings

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 26, 2019
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In an effort to keep our information current with the moving economy, I am posting an update to the series on Estimated Construction Costs per square foot for Medical Office Buildings, a project type for which EVstudio has extensive experience. Below is a chart from RSMeans […]

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Full Speed Ahead? – Highlights from the 2012 Multi-Family Economic Conference

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

The Apartment Association of Metro Denver held their semi-annual Economic Conference on January 25, 2012. The audience, composed of multi-family developers and their suppliers, were there to learn if 2012 would build on the successful year of 2011.  With the equity markets still tight and […]

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The Five Minute Walk: Calibrated to the Pedestrian

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

The Five-Minute Walk is a standard that is best described as the average distance that a pedestrian is willing to walk before opting to drive. The unit of measurement is commonplace in the planning profession and is often represented by a radius measuring ¼ of a mile.

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Three Wood Framing Methods – Balloon, Platform & Advanced

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

We recently talked about a variety of building methods. Within each method are different ways to build. Here we talk briefly about three wood framing methods.   Balloon Framing –This method of framing was fairly popular on the east coast and parts of the Midwest […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for College Buildings: Laboratories

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 26, 2019
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In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building […]

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