Day: January 29, 2019

9 Lighting Disasters to Avoid in the Kitchen and Bathroom

Many common solutions we typically see in kitchens and baths are far from the best solutions, but are repeated again and again because people are not sure how to light those spaces well.  Lighting design can transform a space from drab to dynamite. It’s especially important in kitchens and baths where we need the right light in …

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Using Navisworks for Improved Coordination

This week, I’d prepared some images to help demonstrate the benefits of building information modeling (BIM). In our MEP department, the vast majority of our projects are modeled in Revit. In fact, the only times we’ll complete projects in AutoCAD (2D) are when we’re making modifications to a project that was already designed that way. …

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Insulating Structures to Meet Current Code Requirements

Progression in building technology and more stringent energy code standards are inevitable as our society moves forward.  In addition, current energy costs may steadily increase in the future as alternative energy sources will take time to do develop.  With cost in mind, making buildings more energy efficient and conservative will require new construction technologies and …

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Window Thermal Performance

Image courtesy of Zola European Windows Window functionality and performance can be measured on many levels.  The first that comes to mind is thermal performance, then quality of light and design aesthetic. In this article we will focus on thermal performance. Windows can definitely play a big part in successful architectural composition but when considering …

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The City of Denver MultiFamily Development Process

If you live in Denver or have driven through it recently, you probably are more than aware that multifamily development is BOOMING in the City of Denver. I will use the word “multifamily” to define any apartment, townhome, or condo development. If the current City of Denver forecast is anything close to reality, this boom …

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One Principal’s Advice to an Architecture Student Looking at Grad Schools

Here’s a question I received today from an Architecture Student finishing up their Bachelor’s Degree and looking at Graduate programs: “Hello, I will be a graduate of Montana State University this Spring in their Architecture program. I just recently was accepted into the University of Michigan’s (Taubman College) MA in Architecture program. This program is …

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