Engineering

2018 ENR Colorado/Wyoming Top Design Firm Award

by Eva Pearce June 19, 2018

Results are in, and EVstudio has won a spot in the 2018 ENR Colorado/Wyoming Top Design Firm award category.  EVstudio has jumped from 52 out of 500 in 2017 to #48 out of 500 in the award line-up. We are humbled to be recognized as […]

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Do This One Simple Trick to Lower Your Energy Bills for Your Home

by Dean Dalvit May 11, 2018
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We had the pleasure of having an entry in the recent Parade of Luxury Homes in Evergreen Colorado, and our home was by far the largest on the tour. Many people remarked at the size of the home and questioned what it took to heat […]

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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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Post Tensioned Slab on Grade Sport Courts

by Jim Houlette May 11, 2018

Why use a post tensioned slab-on-grade for your sport courts? Performance and long term total cost. A post tensioned concrete slab on grade requires little maintenance compared to a asphalt or mildly reinforced concrete slab.  In addition, post tensioned slabs do not require control joints […]

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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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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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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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LEED Project Team Formation is an Important First Step in any LEED Certification Project

by EVstudio AEP March 27, 2018

The first step in preparing for the LEED Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LEED Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated, efficient, […]

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The Escalating Cost of Escalators

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

Often in larger scale commercial developments, vertical circulation is handled by escalators in addition to elevators in order to move large volumes of people from one space to another. Escalators are complex truss structures with a remarkable mechanism of chained treads that move in sync […]

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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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Resistance Piers for Economical Foundation Repair

by evstudio February 14, 2018

EVstudio is asked quite frequently to perform structural evaluations of cracked foundation walls. These cracks are often due to settlement. Modern design philosophy (and most geotechnical reports) calls for the original structural engineer to design foundation walls to clear span ten to fifteen feet to […]

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