Design

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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Effect of Overdriven Fasteners on Shear Wall Capacity

by Jim Houlette October 26, 2017

With the use of nail guns set too high and the speed of construction, many nails are over driven.  Most building officials don’t seem to notice or comment on this error.  But, if they do you might have a lot of work ahead of you […]

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Project Spotlight: Miner’s Point

by Macy Andre October 26, 2017
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Throw Back Thursday- Mixed-use Goldmine   As the architect on Miner’s Point, EVstudio helped a vision come to life in the historic Downtown Golden neighborhood. This project consists of 9,200 square feet of office space, 3,300 square feet of restaurant space, and six custom residential […]

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Sequential Stressing and Elastic Losses

by Calvin Curtis October 19, 2017
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In a previous post, I discussed the sources of short- and long-term losses in unbonded post-tension tendons.  Recently, a question came up on one of my LinkedIn groups regarding elastic shortening and sequential stressing. To refresh your minds, concrete — which is generally regarded by […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio August 28, 2017

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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EVstudio Designs Aircraft Hangars

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017
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We recently submitted an airplane hangar with office space for permit. The hangar itself is a little less than 12,000 SF and the two story office space is nearly 5,600 SF. The hangar space will accommodate a single Gulfstream G550 or a couple smaller aircraft. The office […]

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Working with your Architect – The Written Program

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017
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We have another new home entering into the construction document phase from schematic design. It’s been a joy to work with this particular client in large part because they had a well thought out program – or list of spaces they want in their home. […]

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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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Residence Hall Lobby Update at University of Denver

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017
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Last summer we complete the remodel of the main level of a residence hall for the University of Denver. Before the renovation the main floor was a sparsely populated space. Now the main floor is a hub of activity with students hanging out, studying and meeting with […]

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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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Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

When designing floor joists engineers must check several design properties including moment, shear, bearing and deflection.  In this article we are going to focus on deflection since it is a common complaint from homeowners. For any structural member deflection limits must be satisfied based on […]

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Phases of Service

by Sean O'Hara May 15, 2017

Our website is currently undergoing a renovation and I recently uploaded a new front page. I’m seeing that the information from one of the old pages more likely belongs in the blog under the new organizational structure. So here it is, the most common phases […]

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