Engineering

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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Clearance of Steel Beams in a Crawlspace

by Jim Houlette February 9, 2018

For any elevated structural you need to provide sufficient space below the framing members to meet code requirements.  But there are several other reasons why you should provide additional clearance. If you are building a structural floor with wood joists you must provide 18” clearance […]

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EVstudio and the 2017 Home Builder of the Year

by Kylie Tawney January 19, 2018
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Thrive Home Builders, one of EVstudio’s very own clients, was recently awarded ‘2017 Home Builder of the Year’ by Professional Builder Magazine. This prestigious award is so well deserved by an innovative and responsible company. And, it sure does make things exciting here at EVstudio […]

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Helical Pier Foundations

by Jim Houlette January 11, 2018

Helical piers are typically used when repairing failed shallow foundations.  The helical piers are a deep foundation system that can be placed alongside existing foundations with very little interference. However, helical piers are also used for new construction as an alternative to typical straight shaft […]

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First Finished photos of Red Fox Run Home

by Dean Dalvit December 29, 2017
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While we haven’t yet had a chance to get professional photos of this project yet, I wanted to share with our followers of the mountain modern home series of posts the Red Fox Run project that was recently completed in Evergreen.     The Materials palette for […]

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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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Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Project Spotlight: DU Centennial Halls & Towers

by Macy Andre December 14, 2017
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Throwback Thursday- Higher Ed Renovation Designing a space for a specific demographic can pose unique challenges. DU Centennial Halls & Towers were meant to be a place for young minds to thrive, and throughout time the design of these spaces needed an update. While the […]

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

by Dean Dalvit December 7, 2017
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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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Do Deicers or Ice Melts Damage Concrete?

by Jim Houlette December 7, 2017

We receive a lot of calls from homeowners and contractors about damaged concrete driveways asking if deicers or ice melts are the cause.  The issue goes to a structural engineer to determine when the homeowners and contractors cannot agree on, the cause of the damage. […]

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