Steel Moment Frames

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017
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Steel moment frames consist of columns and beams joined by a combination of welding and bolting. The Welded Flange connection is one of the most common moment frame joints. This typically consists of a  welded shear tab for vertical loading and the beam is usually connected […]

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Proper Exterior Column Details Prevent Decay

by Dean Dalvit December 14, 2017
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We do a lot of traditional design work in the mountains, and often times, we will utilize stone columns as a feature at exterior decks, front entries, etc.. Most contractors will typically build these as wood boxes with a plywood or OSB skin, then apply […]

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Which Version of ANSI 117.1 Should You Be Using?

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

ANSI 117.1 is a standard for accessibility in buildings and is referenced by the International Building Code.  The two most recent versions were published in 2003 and 2009.  Technically ANSI 117.1 is only a standard but because it is referenced by the building code it […]

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Construction Material – Aerated Autoclaved Concrete

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Aerated Autoclaved Concrete, or AAC is a building material that has been around since 1914, mainly in Europe, and available in the United States since the mid 1990s. It is, as the name implies, a masonry product and it consists of aggregate that is no […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure Visualized

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017
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As a continuation of our floor plan revisions to the Mansion on Olive Street in Denver we also visualized some of the key rooms. As the architect I worked closely with our in-house interior design team and the owner on helping everyone visualize the interior […]

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Save Energy on Lighting With Dimmer Switches and Incandescent Bulbs

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017
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Out here in the west, we take our energy conservation pretty seriously. Energy reduction in lighting is something we’re ALL concerned about, and compact fluorescent replacement bulbs, used in the right way, make great sense to save energy. There are a lot of great places […]

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Elevator Machine Rooms Need To Be Rated Too

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2017

The International Building Code requires that elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces have at least the same rating as the elevator shaft. The openings into the machine room also need to be protected with doors having a fire rating equal to the fire rating of […]

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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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Evergreen Terraces – Elicia Ratajczyk

by evstudio December 14, 2017

The Evergreen Terraces office building located in the heart of downtown Evergreen, Colorado is being designed and built as a high performance office building with sustainability in mind. Although ‘green’ is a word being thrown around quite liberally lately, there are specific determinations and measures that can certify and prove that a building has been designed as a high performance sustainable building and has true ‘greenness’ according to nationally accepted and criticized benchmarks. The Evergreen Terraces project is attempting to achieve a number of designated measures of sustainability benchmarks including a Silver Certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Program for Core & Shell projects by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Federal Tax Deduction for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and several of the Energy Conservation Rebates & Incentives available from Xcel Energy.

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Accessible Window Designs for Apartments for IBC and Fair Housing

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Looking for accessible windows for an IBC / ANSI Type A units?   I may have found some answers.   Looking for ADA compliant windows?  ADA also has very similar requirements to ANSI for operable parts and many of the websites below mention ADA compliance. Challenge: ANSI […]

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Project Spotlight: DU Centennial Halls & Towers

by Macy Andre December 14, 2017
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Throwback Thursday- Higher Ed Renovation Designing a space for a specific demographic can pose unique challenges. DU Centennial Halls & Towers were meant to be a place for young minds to thrive, and throughout time the design of these spaces needed an update. While the […]

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Letter of Recommendation From Beck General Contractor

by Sean O'Hara December 7, 2017

One of our the recent projects was the remodel of the Boettcher Center at DU. The project’s general contractor was Beck. Vince D’Amico was the project manager and at the end of the project he wrote us a very nice letter of recommendation. We also […]

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