Day: November 16, 2018

Skyline Ink

After finishing undergraduate school at Oklahoma, a couple of my classmates, namely Blake Pettus and Brian Eyerman started a rendering company in Oklahoma City. Now Blake has moved to Taiwan, but Brian is still there with a staff of eight cranking out some great renderings and animations. We do our own renderings, but you should …

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Interpreting Truss Shop Drawing Dimensions

Spend any time as a structural engineer that deals with residential structures and you will no doubt be asked to review pre-engineered truss shop drawings.  For a young engineer this may be a daunting task from the look of the cut sheets (shown below). One of the first things that I questioned when asked to …

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Jim Houlette nominated for Builder Partner of the Year

Jim Houlette, the Director of EVstudio’s Structural Engineering Department has been nominated to be the HBA’s Builder Partner of the Year. Jim and the structural team work with many of the top homebuilders in Denver along with custom home clients, multifamily and a wide variety of commercial building types. Here are some of the quotes …

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Building Height Restrictions Vary – Always Double Check

One of the challenges in designing a large home is conforming with the height restrictions. The most common maximum building height is 35′ but it varies greatly. I’m seen as little as 17′ for portions of a Denver lot to unlimited building height. What is important is always double checking with the municipality on how …

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Calculating Fire Resistance Ratings of Wood Assemblies Using the IBC

Architects and Contractors can spend a lot of time hunting for miscellaneous fire rated assemblies in wood construction. What you’ll eventually learn is that the easiest place to design your own 1-hour assembly is Section 721.6 of the International Building Code. The section details the procedures for calculating fire resistance of walls, floor/ceiling and roof/ceiling …

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Dishwashers, Laundry and Mops in Healthcare

As the Healthcare industry continues to change and evolve base on demographics and the governmental regulations, healthcare organizations are becoming more efficient.  Large hospital facilities are moving to a satellite outpatient clinics.  As the US demographics change with the boomers aging, institutions are looking more like home than the sterile institutional hospitals of the past. …

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Packaged Task Lighting for Dentist Offices

I’ve unfortunately been spending a lot of time in a dentist chair lately and have noticed that all of the tools of this trade are generally self contained and packaged in a single workstation. We have designed a number of pediatric dentist offices and have found the same thing, where the number of stations can …

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