EVstudio Mid-Roof Inspections

by Nic Snow November 20, 2017
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EVstudio is now capable of performing mid-roof inspections throughout the city and surrounding areas. Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, Boulder, Golden, Littleton, Broomfield, Thornton, and Castle Rock are among the areas requiring an inspection and allowing third-party inspections. A mid-roof inspection may be required when the […]

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Why does a Range Matter in My Break Room or Kitchenette?

by Bill Foster November 14, 2017
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Most jurisdictions in the US use the IBC which references ANSI 117.1 for specific accessibility standards.  (It is also interesting to note that the IBC simply references ANSI 117.1, not a particular year in Chapter 11.  You actually need to go to the index in the […]

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Where are the Best Places to Find FREE Revit Families?

by Kacy Landsittel November 14, 2017

On one hand I have to hand it to the Revit developers for a robust and state of the art design tool. But on the other hand, and as most Revit users will tell you, the out-of-the-box Revit leaves something to be desired. This subject […]

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This or That #3: Arcade vs. Colonnade

by Matt Svoboda November 14, 2017

Good luck finding a book on classical architecture that doesn’t mislabel one or both of these features, so what’s the difference?  You’ll kick yourself…once you look at the roots the answer seems obvious. In this corner: an arcade is defined as “a series of arches […]

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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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X2 @ Sloan’s Lake- A design in reuse

by EVstudio AEP November 14, 2017
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X2 @ Sloan’s lake is an interesting project as it is converting a 12,000 sq.ft office building into a 46 unit apartment complex. This project features a renovation of an old office and an addition to the same complex. It will feature 22 units in […]

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Urban Street Tree Well

by EVstudio AEP November 14, 2017
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The urban landscape can be a complicated environment for a successful landscape. Variables of vegetation forms, types, tolerances and aesthetics must be carefully calibrated for a successful streetscape. Also important is how the landscape can assist in storm water drainage management. We practice with a […]

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Restrained versus Unrestrained Members

by Calvin Curtis November 14, 2017
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In the last several months, I’ve had many questions about what constitutes a “restrained” concrete member, and what constitutes an “unrestrained” concrete member.  The volume has been such that I’ve decided to take a break from my usual post-tensioned discussions and lay this out. This […]

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Horizontal Vs Diagonal Decking

by Jonathan Locke November 14, 2017
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When beginning a deck project, you traditionally have two options when going to with decking. Horizontal or diagonal decking.  Each have their pros and cons that I am going to go through. Horizontal decking is largely the most popular choice for wood framed decks due […]

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This or That #6: Stack vent vs. Vent stack

by Matt Svoboda November 14, 2017

Stack vent vs. vent stack This comes straight from the pages of the ARE and serves as a reminder of the kind of minutiae I tried to memorize just before taking each section of my exams.  It’s a classic this or that because they sound […]

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Hire a Real Structural Engineer When Buying a Home

by Sean O'Hara November 14, 2017
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One of my wife’s long time friends is moving to Denver and he asked that I, as an architect, come take a look at the house that they were buying. Going from Phoenix to Denver there are quite a few differences in how houses are […]

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Cooperative Purchasing- How to save on Public construction projects

by Brian Welch November 14, 2017

The case of the Field of Dreams: Two football seasons ago, I was approached by a superintendent who was looking to change the face of his athletic program.  This small school had low lying wetland with poor drainage which led to tired grass football and […]

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