How Can You Tell if a Door is Fire Rated

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

When you’re putting together code reviews for remodels and additions in commercial projects, its often important to know which existing doors are rated. Figuring it out is pretty simple, in order to qualify as a rated door it has to be labeled. So look at […]

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This or That #5: Isometric vs. Axonometric

by Matt Svoboda January 20, 2017
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Isometric vs. Axonometric The names for these types of three-dimensional drawing are often used interchangeably, which is somewhat correct because in fact one is a subset of the other, so what’s the difference? In this corner: an axonometric projection is a type of orthographic projection where […]

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Asphalt or Plastic Roadways?

by Jonathan Locke January 20, 2017
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Coming from Oklahoma, I know bad roads. Our largely expansive soils and icy winters cause our asphalt pavements to look like swiss cheese. Driving a moped is out of the question. All around the country our roads are in major need of repair and very […]

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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A Reason We Have Engineers and Architects – Designing to Meet Code

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

EVstudio’s Structural Department was recently called to an existing house to provide recommendations to a home owner for completing a remodel in progress.   This is a typical request that EVstudio takes care of several times a week. But this visit will always be remembered, […]

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Mixed Use Developments in Texas

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017
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Mixed use buildings are ones that usually house commercial spaces on the first floor (the public zone), and residential above. This formula has always been normal practice for urban spaces throughout history. Traditionally business owners would run their businesses and live above them. This idea […]

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Pre-engineered Truss Terms and Configurations

by Kacy Landsittel January 20, 2017

Your architect should  be supplied design and calculations for review of wood trusses prior to manufacturing. This allows the architect to verify that the intentions for the architecture side of things are matched up with the truss design. The graphics are simplified examples (courtesy of […]

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Off Grid Home Trends

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 2017

Now completed, the Schuler Residence in Lake George is a log home that is completely off grid due to it’s remote location in the mountains of Colorado. The home has a photovoltaic (PV) array with a full battery storage system as well as a propane […]

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Douglas County Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control Process (DESC)

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

Douglas County Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control (DESC) is a program integrated into Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control (GESC) that provides compliance with environmental and construction regulations and activities. A Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control permit will provide compliance with all Federal, State, and local […]

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The Escalating Cost of Escalators

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 2017

Often in larger scale commercial developments, vertical circulation is handled by escalators in addition to elevators in order to move large volumes of people from one space to another. Escalators are complex truss structures with a remarkable mechanism of chained treads that move in sync […]

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Top Five Toys for Structural Engineers

by Katelyn Wager January 20, 2017
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A countless number of toys exist today, but there are a few that have become the favorites of structural engineers.  Below is a list of the top toys that will help kids start thinking about structural design and get their creative juices flowing. Legos – […]

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