Construction

Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Construction Material – Aerated Autoclaved Concrete

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Aerated Autoclaved Concrete, or AAC is a building material that has been around since 1914, mainly in Europe, and available in the United States since the mid 1990s. It is, as the name implies, a masonry product and it consists of aggregate that is no […]

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Top 10 “Alternative” Construction Methods

by Dean Dalvit November 30, 2017

There is a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what is “typical” for building construction practices. While the collective experience of available labor and availability of materials tends to drive how things get designed and built, it is important not to get stymied by routine practices. […]

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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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Open During Remodel and Business is Good

by EVstudio AEP November 29, 2017
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I drive by this project at least once a week and the parking lot is always packed! There is a constant in and outflow of people into the building. Just a short time ago it looked like this. Now it looks like this: The project […]

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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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EVstudio Mid-Roof Inspections

by Nic Snow November 20, 2017
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EVstudio is now capable of performing mid-roof inspections throughout the city and surrounding areas. Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, Boulder, Golden, Littleton, Broomfield, Thornton, and Castle Rock are among the areas requiring an inspection and allowing third-party inspections. A mid-roof inspection may be required when the […]

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Restrained versus Unrestrained Members

by Calvin Curtis November 14, 2017
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In the last several months, I’ve had many questions about what constitutes a “restrained” concrete member, and what constitutes an “unrestrained” concrete member.  The volume has been such that I’ve decided to take a break from my usual post-tensioned discussions and lay this out. This […]

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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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