Historic Preservation

Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara April 23, 2014

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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The Four Treatments for Historic Properties

by Anthony Ries December 19, 2013

When working with, or evaluating, federally registered historic structures it is important to understand the basic approaches that can be taken in regards to modifications. Rehabilitation: This treatment is when an owner wants to maintain the historic character of the building yet use it for […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 13, 2013

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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This or That #3: Arcade vs. Colonnade

by Matt Svoboda October 17, 2013

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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Historic Preservation is the Conservation of our Cultural Heritage

by evstudio December 10, 2012

The practice of Historic Preservation is the conservation of our cultural heritage. Historic buildings, even when they’ve fallen to misuse and disrepair, are often important landmarks in the landscapes of our communities. In addition, many historic buildings are important chronicles of the activities and ways […]

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Historic Preservation and Sustainability – One Strategy Contributing to Both Goals

by elicia@evstudio.com October 2, 2011

Dean and I had a very interesting meeting with the Heritage Resources Program Leader for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service last week and during our meeting we began discussing the idea of sustainability and historic preservation. This very topic will be […]

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The Abbey on Adams: Structural Design for a Historic Building Remodel

by evstudio October 1, 2011

EVstudio was recently awarded the contract to provide structural engineering services for the remodeling of a luxury condo unit located in a historic brick church at 14th and Adams in Denver. This church was repurposed as two unique luxury condo units in 2000. The scope […]

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Next week: Elicia Ratajczyk will speak at the Conifer Historical Society

by evstudio July 14, 2011

The Conifer Historical Society and Museum (CHSM) is hosting members of the Ken Caryl Historical Society at this months Summer Lecture Series for the first of two talks highlighting the history of the Bradford Toll Road. Elicia Ratajcyzk, Associate at EVstudio, will talk about Bradford […]

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Working with HistoriCorps Again!

by elicia@evstudio.com June 28, 2011

EVstudio is very excited to be continuing work with the fantastic historic preservation collaborative HistoriCorps this year. HistoriCorps is now entering it’s 3rd summer of volunteer driven historic preservation projects and is in the process of expanding to a national model. This public-private partnership is […]

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The Yellow Barn at Conifer: Early American Pre-fab in the Mountains

by elicia@evstudio.com June 11, 2011

The historic “Yellow Barn” (well, it used to be more yellow than it is today) at the corner of Highway 73 and Barkley Road in Conifer has long been a well known and beloved landmark and icon of the mountain community. What many may not […]

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Termites in Denver

by Jim Houlette April 24, 2011

Denver is in a “Slight to Moderate” zone of termite risk.  Although we don’t see too many structural problems related to termites in the Denver area, it can happen.  I was recently at a home that was in need of repair due to age.  During […]

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Historic Structure Assessments in Preservation Planning

by elicia@evstudio.com March 4, 2011

A Historic Structure Assessment is one of the most common first steps in a historic preservation project. The process involves the documentation of the construction history and current physical condition of the historic property. The assessment is usually undertaken after the building or property has […]

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