Commercial

Denver Engineers Not Surprised by New Post-Tension Rule

by Calvin Curtis November 30, 2016
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Good day!  Your usual post-tension maniac here, with more exciting information on post-tensioning! A few months ago, I mentioned that finishing post-tension tendons was an area of special concern, since corrosion is very much the arch-enemy of post-tension tendons.  There are actually a lot of […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

I have recently been asked by a client about a new heating and cooling concept for their project:  geothermal heating and cooling. There is actually nothing new about this idea, but it is gaining popularity in these days of climate concerns and rising energy prices. A […]

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Foundation Settlement: The Push Pier Alternative

by evstudio June 10, 2016

EVstudio is asked quite frequently to perform structural evaluations of cracked foundation walls. These cracks are often due to settlement. Modern design philosophy (and most geotechnical reports) calls for the original structural engineer to design foundation walls to clear span ten to fifteen feet to […]

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The ADA, ICC/ANSI A117.1 and Kitchen Sinks in Break Rooms

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

Building codes and guidelines are always full of exceptions and variations on a theme and the Americans with Disabilities Act is no different. The ADA was first created in 1990. It is designed to protect against discrimination based on disability. The act has five titles […]

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Drinking Fountains and Service Sinks in Tenant Spaces

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016
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We have completed a fair amount of tenant finish work for small spaces. The more cumbersome items to incorporate into those small spaces include the drinking fountain and the service or mop sink. The 2009 International Building Code (IBC) allows an exemption from the drinking […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for Office Buildings

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016
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In an effort to keep our construction cost information up to date on our site, it is time for an update on the construction cost per square foot for one of our most popular project types: Office Buildings Below are a series of charts, excerpted […]

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The Heat is on…

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

I want to address a topic that comes up in every programming interview that very few people give much thought to…Indoor heating and air conditioning… The professional term HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and pretty much sums up your indoor air climate. For […]

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Glazing in Commercial Solid Wood Doors

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

We have recently installed a number of solid wood commercial doors in our Denver studio at 1117 Cherokee Street and during the pricing and selection process, we asked about the price difference to have glazing in the door slabs. As it turns out, glazing a […]

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Understanding Thermal Mass Walls in a Passive Solar Design

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

Let me first say that while I studied thermodynamics and heat transfer in school, it’s been many years since I’ve had to look up a specific heat capacity coefficient. With that said, there are some fundamental things that have stuck and I can’t help but […]

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Ovation Construction Time Machine

by Matt Svoboda June 3, 2016
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Over the course of nearly three years I have been taking pictures from the same places around the job site at our Ovation multi-family project in Lone Tree, CO and with completion right around the corner I thought it would be fun to put a […]

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LEED Project Team Formation is an Important First Step in any LEED Certification Project

by EVstudio AEP May 20, 2016

The first step in preparing for the LEED Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LEED Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated, efficient, […]

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Accessible Fitting Room Requirements

by evstudio April 28, 2016

When designing an accessible fitting room, remember to provide the required clear floor space along with a code compliant bench.  According to ANSI 803.4 and ADA 4.35.4, a bench is required in all accessible fitting rooms. Benches must be 42 inches long, between 20 and 24 […]

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