Day: November 30, 2016

New Architectural Design – “Off-Grid Living”

The new age of futuristic living is just around the corner. Technology is ever growing, making the idea of robots, hover cars and livable space crafts more of a possibility in today’s world. The “ecocapsule”, designed by Nice Architects is a low-energy living space with a fold-able bed, a kitchenette and bathroom with running hot …

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Locating Plumbing Fixtures on Exterior Walls

As a Colorado engineer, I see many cases of plumbing fixtures being located on exterior walls. This may not be a concern in areas with less adverse climates, but for Colorado and other northern states it can be a dangerous practice. The fixtures I have seen located on outside walls include urinals, water closets (toilets) …

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Types of Foundation Waterproofing – Denver

On most projects where there is enough room for access on both side of a foundation wall, waterproofing is often applied after the concrete foundation wall has already been poured. Sprayed Membranes Projects with occupied spaces below grade and underground parking structures require waterproofing systems that have to be absolutely reliable.  A complex system of …

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Punching Shear Failure

What is Punching Shear?

There are several factors that come into play when designing an elevated concrete slab.  Obviously, the ability to support the design loads comes first, followed by the allowable deflections and long-term serviceability of the slab.  However, the factor that most frequently comes up when I’m discussing a slab with an architect is punching shear. When …

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Software as a Design Tool – Cantilevered Stairs

Here at EVstudio we use a number of different software packages to design and document our work. Our documentation may be done in AutoCAD, Revit or Bently BIM. Our design work is sometimes quickly completed in SketchUp. I even used it to fully document some requirements for a local HOA. It is was very easy …

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High Street Luxury Condominiums at the University of Denver

The High Street Domicile is all about High Design. Intended as a stand-out 29 unit highly amenitized luxury condominium project, this building was designed specifically for the upper echelon of the discriminating condo market. At roughly 84 DU/Acre, the design offers units with floor-to-ceiling glass, stunning interior finishes, interior parking, and ultra-contemporary penthouse suites. With …

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Construction Cost per Square Foot for Elementary Schools

In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building project and does not include land costs, entitlements costs, soft …

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