Construction

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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Flat Roofing Systems: EPDM vs. Modified Bitumen

by evstudio May 15, 2017

There are a number of flat roofing systems available, some of which include EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), and Modbit (Modified Bitumen).  While each has its advantages and disadvantages, these are two of the more common systems used in residential and commercial applications today. Modified […]

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Home Maintenance – It Can Save Your Life

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

We do a fair amount of work observing structures after a fire.  Sometimes those fires start from a child with a cigarette lighter or an electrical short due to faulty installation. We primarily inspect for structural integrity but sometimes we consult on how to properly install a new fireplace. Other […]

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Cantilevered Stair in Modern Home

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017
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I swung by one of my projects today to see how things were coming along. The last time I was there the stairs to the upper level were temped in. Today the steel frame for the cantilevered stairs shone in all its glory. At one […]

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Top 10 “Alternative” Construction Methods

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 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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How to Start Rebuilding When Fire Strikes

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017
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When massive forest fires make the national news, it is unsettling. When the fire is in your community, it is frightening and when you or your property is directly affected by the fire, it is devastating. The recent fires in Conifer have reminded us of […]

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