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Have Your Architect Hire the Engineers

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

In the traditional architectural project the client will hire the architect and in turn the architect will bring on any consultants and engineers that are necessary to deliver the project. Recently, I’ve seen a number of clients who prefer to hire all of the consultants […]

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Involving an Architect in Your Home Buying Process

by Sean O'Hara September 19, 2018

The smart home buyer knows when to involve an architect, engineer or land surveyor. Sometimes you need more than a home inspector.

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A/E Firms have an Advantage over Architects with Municipality Regulations

by Sean O'Hara August 13, 2018

Municipalities are increasingly asking for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors to stamp drawings that could previously be stamped by architects. We see this a lot with small structural and civil pieces incidental to commercial projects. Municipalities are also adding new documents to their requirements […]

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Chain Migration for Architects and Engineers

by Sean O'Hara July 18, 2018

One of the greatest compliments we receive as a firm is when our existing employees tell their friends and former coworkers about us and they also choose to join the EVstudio team. I’ve jokingly referred to this as “chain migration” and its become a regular […]

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Raft Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette May 11, 2018

A Raft Slab-on-Grade foundation can be as simple as a 4” thick slab with no reinforcement and a shallow perimeter rib to an 8” thick slab heavily reinforced with deep ribs spaced roughly 10’o.c.  The wide range of concrete thicknesses and reinforcement is a function […]

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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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Agreements, Proposals and Contracts Used by Architects, Engineers and Contractors

by Sean O'Hara March 27, 2018

There are no shortage of different forms for agreements, proposals and contracts in the design and construction industry. The base contracts of the design and construction industry are the contracts produced by the American Institute of Architects. These contracts have been in place for more […]

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Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Pier Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Piers are constructed by drilling a hole into the ground and filling it with concrete and reinforcing. The diameter of the pier varies depending on the load the pier must support.

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Meet the newest EVers to join EVstudio

by Eva Pearce March 8, 2018

Our website says that we are growing and that is no lie. EVstudio is always seeking exceptional professionals in architecture, engineering and administration to meet the demands of our ever-growing organization. 2018, has already brought new faces to our disciplines and we are excited to […]

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Architects and Engineers need Errors & Omissions Insurance

by Sean O'Hara February 14, 2018

When you are making decisions about hiring an architect, engineer or other licensed building professional it is important to verify that they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O). As a client, errors and omissions insurance protects you from major professional mistakes that cause you financial […]

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Top Five Toys for Structural Engineers

by Katelyn Wager February 1, 2018
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A countless number of toys exist today, but there are a few that have become the favorites of structural engineers.  Below is a list of the top toys that will help kids start thinking about structural design and get their creative juices flowing. Legos – […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette December 29, 2017

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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