Day: November 6, 2018

Octane Rendering Software, a Plug-in for Revit Architecture

For those of you who are familiar with Revit Architecture, a building information modeling (BIM) software used widely in the architectural industry, you should be familiar with the rendering capabilities. For those of us who completed our architectural degree, we were most likely introduced to this software in design school. Do you remember that studio …

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Does Your Building Need 1 Exit or 2 Exits?

According to the IBC and almost any other sensible building code the answer regarding 1 exit or 2 exits is almost…almost always 2 exits. The one thing we as designers take more seriously than any other danger to the safety of our building occupants is fire. Fire is uniquely dangerous because it can strike quickly and with little …

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Revit Tip #9 – Change Orientation of Family During Placement

At the intermediate levels of Revit, there are a number of tricks to aid the design flow process. This tip removes an otherwise additional step of using the rotate tool when inserting and placing a family and allows you to align it with any line or line representative of a face, surface, etc. In this …

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Denver Engineers Not Surprised by New Post-Tension Rule

Good day!  Your usual post–tension maniac here, with more exciting information on post-tensioning! A few months ago, I mentioned that finishing post-tension tendons was an area of special concern, since corrosion is very much the arch-enemy of post-tension tendons.  There are actually a lot of things that post-tension designers do to protect the tendons from …

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Agreements, Proposals and Contracts Used by Architects, Engineers and Contractors

There are no shortage of different forms for agreements, proposals and contracts in the design and construction industry. The base contracts of the design and construction industry are the contracts produced by the American Institute of Architects. These contracts have been in place for more than 120 years and they are the standard. They cover …

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EVstudio joins the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD)

With the turn of the new year EVstudio has embarked on a new emphasis in the multi-family residential market.  Seen as a growing field and coupled with a recent up-tick in architectural billings, multi-family is poised to represent a  large portion of the construction market here in the Front Range. EVstudio recently inked a major …

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How Can a Supplier Play a Larger Role in Design?

I had a great lunch today with Tom Glossa and Denny Rogstad with the Breckenridge Building Center and we discussed the importance of an integrated team approach to design, which would involve a wide variety of team members. The traditional approach to design is for the Architect to design the plans and elevations, then for …

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Johnson Wax Building – Concrete and Glass Tube Technology

Located in Racine Wisconsin, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings that pushed concrete technologies at the time is the Johnson Wax Building.  The Johnson Wax Headquarters were built from 1936 to 1939.  The Headquarters includes the Administration Building, and Tower built from 1944-1950.  In 1976 it was made a National Historic Landmark. As with many …

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