Construction

Walking on Thin Ice With Structural Changes

by Dean Dalvit October 30, 2017

This post focuses on the most misunderstood law of structural physics that all too frequently results in very costly remediation and occasionally, can cause complete collapse. The structural system here is the simple post and beam system that occurs in nearly every building type whether […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio October 12, 2017

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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Typical Rafter Insulation Detail

by evstudio September 28, 2017

Here is a typical insulation detail for a rafter framed roof.  We’re showing a 1” polystyrene baffle to provide airspace between the roof sheathing and rigid insulation for required roof ventilation.  Under that is a 2” spray foam insulation with an R-6.9 per inch thermal […]

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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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The Importance of Specifications and MasterFormat

by EVstudio AEP August 28, 2017

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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The Building Envelope and Energy Savings

by Samantha Coleman August 28, 2017

The building envelope consists of three main elements: the roof, the walls, and the foundation. The main concerns we have for these building elements are protecting the interior of the home from weather and other environmental issues, slowing the transmission of heat and controlling light, […]

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Reviewing Elongation Reports

by Calvin Curtis August 25, 2017
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At this point, I think it’s fair to say that I’m a proponent of post-tensioned structures.  I’ve found that they can be very economical, and there are many things you can only do with post-tensioned concrete.  However, there’s one point that I think all structural engineers […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio August 25, 2017
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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Denver’s Historic Pride – The Equitable Building

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017
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Equitable Building – Stout St and 17th St. Built in 1911, Denver’s Equitable Building was designed by Boston architects, Andrews, Jacques and Rantoul.  Planned to maximize light into offices, the floor plan is two ‘E’s back to back.  The nine story building is constructed of […]

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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit August 23, 2017

Radiant Energy. Something that is so widely misunderstood, and yet has such a tremendous impact on our daily comfort. I have been doing some home study and experimentation in the field of radiant heat transfer in the context of a typical home’s heating and cooling […]

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Why Hire an Architect When a Contractor Offers to Design-Build

by Sean O'Hara August 3, 2017

Design-build is a common delivery method in construction and a popular buzz word in the industry. What it generally means is that you hire a single person or company who both designs your project and builds your project. Design-build can be great and it can […]

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Christian House of Prayer (CHOP) Civil Engineering

by EVstudio AEP May 19, 2017

EVstudio Civil Engineering has recently completed civil construction drawings for a major development/expansion to the existing Christian House of Prayer campus located in Killeen, Texas.  The project consists of a new lecture hall, a strip retail area, and major drainage and utility improvements throughout the […]

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