All Handheld Showers Require Backflow Protection

by Dean Dalvit June 17, 2015
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We do a large amount of design work in the medical sector and are often called upon to do a code analysis on existing facilities that are being renovated. Recently, we were asked by one of our Clients to look at the hand held showers […]

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Top 10 Effective Techniques for Working With a Building Department on Permits

by Sean O'Hara June 10, 2015

Construction projects in most jurisdictions will need to be signed off by the building department in that jurisdiction. Even for the most experienced architects and engineers, there is a chance of having review comments put forth. The trick is knowing the most effective way to […]

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The Escalating Cost of Escalators

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2015

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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Where the Building Code Requires More Than Two Exits

by Sean O'Hara April 20, 2015

In most building types the occupant count is low enough that the building is only required to have  one or two exits. The International Building Code calls out where you must have more. In each story where you have 501-1,000 occupants you are required to […]

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Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit April 8, 2015

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

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by Anthony Ries February 18, 2015

Part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to provide better environments for building occupants. Something we do every day but don’t think about much is breathing. Our lungs are very sensitive to contaminants and dust. If you have ever walked into […]

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Understanding Xcel Design Requirements for Transformer Rooms

by Dean Dalvit January 9, 2015
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There are several design requirements that must be met in order to provide a transformer room within the building for your project. First, the fire ratings of the walls and ceiling must be a three hour assembly. Ventilation must be provided as well as street […]

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Slope on Stair Treads and Landings

by Sean O'Hara December 2, 2014

I received an email today from an individual who’s contractor had built an exterior concrete stair for them. Each tread sloped 3/4″ down from back to front. I quickly emailed them back to let them know that isn’t up to code and in fact is […]

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Upcoming Changes in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code

by Bill Foster October 4, 2014

In its efforts to improve building energy efficiency by 30% the following improvements are being proposed in the 2012 IECC. As with all proposals that involve significant change and numerous stake holders there will be significant push and pull on these issues at both the […]

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How Much Does a Hydraulic 2-Stop Elevator Cost?

by Dean Dalvit October 4, 2014

A very common question we get when designing multi-level commercial projects is: Will I need an elevator and how much will that cost? It can often be a deciding factor in going with multi-story design. Elevators come in all shapes and sizes, so I’ve decided […]

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IRC Fire Separation Requirements

by evstudio October 2, 2014

When designing single family dwelling units, it’s important to remember the fire separation distance requirements.  Fire separation distance is measured from the face of the building to the property line, centerline of a street or alley, or to an imaginary line between two buildings. Exterior […]

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Can I Re-Use My Existing Building?

by EVstudio AEP August 29, 2014

With the increased demand for a more sustainable way to use buildings, adaptive reuse of existing buildings has become a viable economic solution. Adaptive reuse consists of improving, remodeling, and adding to an existing structure for either different or more extensive spatial requirements. The first […]

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