construction cost

Cost per Square Foot for Residential Construction

by Dean Dalvit March 29, 2018

One of the most challenging tasks of building your own home is wrestling with the idea of how much home your budget can reasonably afford to build. There are many factors that are involved in the actual costs of a home, and in the beginning, […]

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The Escalating Cost of Escalators

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

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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Balancing Post-Tension

by Calvin Curtis March 27, 2018

Last month, I wrote a quick post about understanding the sources of long-term losses with post-tension tendons.  One of the key points to take away from that is that the more post-tension material you use, the less effective each individual tendon becomes.  However, this is […]

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Construction Cost Per Square Foot for Multifamily Housing Based on Construction Type

by Dean Dalvit February 16, 2018
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I recently was working with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver to provide  objective third party opinion of estimated construction costs for an affordable housing project in Denver. We have had the pleasure to work on both market rate as well as affordable […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for Recreation Facilities: Indoor Swimming Pools

by Dean Dalvit February 14, 2018
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In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Open a Restaurant?

by Dean Dalvit February 1, 2018
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Restaurantowner.com provides a wealth of information for Restauranteurs and other professionals in the restaurant industry. EVstudio has a team of experts steeped in restaurant design and rely on industry information to guide our clients through the design process. They created a survey that included hundreds […]

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Construction Cost Per Square Foot for Student Unions

by Dean Dalvit January 19, 2018
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Our posts on construction cost data per square foot for various project types are so popular, that I will continue updating them more frequently as this is fairly time sensitive data. Please note the date on the blog posts so you know that you are […]

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The Importance of Specifications and MasterFormat

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

According to the Dictionary of Architecture & Construction a specification is “a written document describing in detail the scope of work, materials to be used, methods of installation, and quality of workmanship for a parcel of work to be placed under contract; usually utilized in […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 30, 2017

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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Denver Dad Saves $$$ on Post-Tension Tendon Supports Using One Simple Trick

by Calvin Curtis November 29, 2017

Last month, I discussed the need for precompression in a post-tensioned slab.  In that post, I mentioned that the code minimum amount of precompression is 125 psi for elevated slabs. I’ve also mentioned some of the various types of elevated decks in the past.  One […]

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2 a-Penny, 4 a-Penny, 6 a-Penny Nails

by EVstudio AEP October 30, 2017

Nails are a very common fastener in most any construction project. Over the years nails have become very specialized. As such, there are all kinds of words to describe nails such as: Box, Bright, Casing, Coated, Common, Duplex, Drywall, Finish, Galvanized, Head, Helix, Spike. The […]

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Can You Choose a Contractor on Cost? Does Hard Bid Work?

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2017

Hard bid pricing is a standard in the building industry that after several years in decline appears to be making a come back. In a hard bid situation, multiple contractors take the same set of plans and specifications and at the end of the bid […]

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