Structure

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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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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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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New Location of EVstudio Texas Featured in Killeen Daily Herald

by evstudio February 14, 2018

Construction is underway for the new home of EVstudio Texas. The new location at 109 W. Avenue D in Copperas Cove, Texas is Copperas Cove native and EVstudio Texas principal Gene Dane’s effort to give back to the community and help revitalize the city’s abandoned […]

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Structural Considerations for Commercial Solar Panel Installation

by evstudio January 19, 2018

EVstudio was recently hired to consult on the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the Knights of Columbus Building in Thornton, Colorado. Many businesses are considering the addition of solar panels to their buildings not only to help offset their energy costs, but because […]

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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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Understanding Long-Term Losses in Post-Tension Tendons

by Calvin Curtis December 7, 2017

As a structural designer, I started my career working on post-tension structures.  Those of you who have been with us for some time know that those can include things as small as a single tennis or basketball court as well as some of the tallest […]

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Sapphire Reviewer- Running a Model

by evstudio December 7, 2017
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As EVstudio gets further into the process of modeling structural layouts in Sapphire Reviewer, we are continually finding creative solutions to common issues that arise when running a model. The image below shows one of our houses after the MXF files have been imported and […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2017

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 30, 2017

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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