The Components of Solar Hot Water – Collectors and Circulation

by EVstudio AEP June 19, 2018

In the world of solar hot water there are many names for systems that are identical or do similar things. It is important to know the basics and general components of any system one is working with. Once the basics are understood and mastered then […]

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ACE: Investing in the Future

by Samantha Coleman June 18, 2018

Investing in the Future- ACE Mentor Program of America How many times have you heard a contractor, builder or engineering firm say that they don’t have enough skilled workers? In today’s growing construction economy we are hearing this common complaint over and over. There are […]

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Denver’s Historic Pride – The Equitable Building

by EVstudio AEP May 11, 2018
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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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Construction Update at Homestead at Saddle Rock

by EVstudio AEP May 11, 2018

Since construction commenced the week of 7/11, the Homestead at Saddle Rock project has wound down. The experts at Ground Masters worked hard and finished installing the improvements and landscaping around the grading/drainage problem areas. In addition to new concrete pans, EVstudio Civil Engineering designed […]

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Reinforcing Concrete Slabs-on-Grade

by Calvin Curtis May 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, I got a great question regarding the reinforcement of concrete slabs-on-grade, so I thought I’d take a quick minute to share how rebar works structurally when the slab is continuously supported by earth. First, it’s important to understand that, structurally, no […]

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Why Mock-up Wall Sections Are a Great Idea for Your Next Building

by EVstudio AEP March 29, 2018

In addition to all the other reasons, I love looking at construction projects mock-up wall sections are one of the most useful tools I’ve found on a job site for learning and teaching. Mockup walls can be specified in a project specification, general notes or even […]

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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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Proper Bearing of I-Joist Rafters

by evstudio March 29, 2018

As today’s architectural design trends toward more open floor plans with vaulted ceilings there is a need for economical rafters that will span long distances while maintaining a shallow profile. In many situations pre-manufactured I-joist rafters fit that need. As a structural engineer I have […]

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Seismic Testing of a Mid-Rise Wood Framed Structure

by evstudio March 27, 2018

After the destruction caused by the 1995 Kobe earthquake the Japanese government took it upon themselves to construct the world’s largest seismic testing table, often referred to as a “shake table”. This testing facility, called Earth-Defense, was built to its enormous size out of necessity. […]

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Types and Design of Wood Trusses

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Here are some great resources about the different types of wood trusses and how they are designed.  If you have any questions about roof or floor trusses please let us know. Alpine Engineered Products – Builder’s Guide SBCA – Structural Building Components Association – Truss […]

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Snicker-Snack! Post-Tension Tendon Finishing Options

by Calvin Curtis March 27, 2018
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Long ago, when I started my career, a contractor asked me if he could use a concrete saw to “cut all of the tendon tails at once” on his new post-tension slab on grade.  That is to say — he was hoping to cut all […]

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Glazing in Commercial Solid Wood Doors

by Dean Dalvit March 23, 2018

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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