Day: December 7, 2017

Letter of Recommendation From Beck General Contractor

One of our the recent projects was the remodel of the Boettcher Center at DU. The project’s general contractor was Beck. Vince D’Amico was the project manager and at the end of the project he wrote us a very nice letter of recommendation. We also enjoyed the working relationship that we had with the guys …

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Control Contaminants During Construction Mechanical & Plumbing

During construction it is important to verify that your contractor is protecting your mechanical and plumbing system from contaminants. Not protecting these systems can be harmful to the systems and your health. There are two types of contaminants that you generally want to protect against. First, objects that may fall into your plumbing or mechanical …

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Steel Connection Selection Process

There are many different methods used to determine steel connections. The AISC code – 14th edition states to use one half the maximum reaction for a steel beam to design connections. (That’s half the weight the beam will hold). This method of connection design is typically overly conservative and expensive. If we are talking residential …

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Revit Tip – Include ADA Clearance Lines in Families

ADA clearances are an important consideration for architects and can be required for many different elements.  Some Revit users will draw detail lines for the clearances which are separate from the family.  Inevitably, the family gets moved and the details lines are not moved with the family.  This is a cue that you should consider …

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Pre-cast Parking Garage Solutions

As hot real estate markets keep the fast pace in cities across the country, the inventory of large tracts of land has increasingly dwindled.  To accommodate smaller parcels and keep pro formas intact, developers have been compelled to pack more rentable area onto ever shrinking pieces of land.  With added density comes added parking requirements.  …

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When Should You Contact an Architect? What Phases of Your Project Can an Architect Help With?

There is a common conception that the architect is the person you contact when you need plans for your project. That is only partially correct. In addition to your plans, a good architect can help you with many of the other phases of your project. Some of these services they will perform themselves and some …

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