Day: March 29, 2019

Consider Closed Cell Spray Foam for your Thermal Envelope

Our projects range across commercial and residential building types and climates from cold and dry high alpine environments above 10,000 feet to hot and humid sites below 1,000 feet. One very important element to consider in every design is the thermal envelope. This is composed of the floors, walls and roofs, and all of the insulation therein …

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EVstudio and Oakwood Homes: Denver, CO “The Volante”

EVstudio has been engaged by Oakwood Homes for engineering work for multiple sites in Colorado and Utah throughout the years. Recently EVstudio assisted Oakwood with “The Volante: Carriage House at Green Valley Ranch,” located in Denver, Colorado.  “The Volante” is one of many options for the Green Valley Ranch community. This is just but one …

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Social Networks for Design Inspiration

Surely you’ve heard of Pinterest by now; it’s the social media website that allows users to virtually “pin” images and links that they find inspiring, from delicious looking recipes to captivating architectural masterpieces. Pinterest has provided both designers and homeowners a place to collect information and share it. You could create individual “boards” for specific …

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Cool Roofs with Membrane Roofing

Roofing material choices may be one of the leading contributors to urban heat island effect in addition to surface paving materials. Light colored roofing materials including Single Ply Roofing can aid with heat deflected from buildings, and therefore reduce building cooling loads.  Single Ply Roofing is also a durable roofing material that can be utilized …

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a dramatic change in capacity.  First, the screw piles are installed …

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Agilia Self-Consolidating Concrete

An EVstudio residential client is considering using Agilia in place of gypcrete to be applied over their radiant floors.  It tends to be more cost-effective and can be polished and finished similar to concrete. Agilia’s Gyvlon Screed A (by Lafarge) is a pump-applied, free-flowing floor screed that can be used with a concrete slab,  pre-cast …

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Required Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design establishes the minimum number of accessible parking spaces. The International Building Code requirements are very similar. They do this by looking at the amount of parking provided for a building and establishing the required total. With the ADA the spaces do not have to be organized proportionally within lots …

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LoHi Denver Apartments — Construction Update

EVstudio’s multi-family project in the LoHi Denver neighborhood is well into its first construction phase (see my post back in May, when the site consisted of a few piles of dirt). While I took the pictures below, the crew was in the process of pouring Building 1’s ground level slab, which will house restaurant/retail space and …

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Community Based Clinic for US Army Medical Command

In an effort to provide our US Army Soldiers and their families with better access to health care services, the US Army Medical Command (USMEDCOM) has initiated the Community Based Clinic program.  As the name would imply, this program takes the health care facilities that would normally be located on the US Army Installation and places …

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Mickey’s #14 Convenience Store now open……

  Mickey’s Convenience Stores just announced the grand opening of their new 5,500 s.f. convenience store, with a self-service car wash and additional 6,800 s.f. of open lease space. Working with Redding Construction, EVstudio provided full-service design on this design build project to include Architectural, Civil, Mechanical and Structural Engineering. CIVIL ENGINEERING  –  The intersection where this project is …

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 10 – Flooring, Cabinets, and Tile The end was in sight even though it was only July and there was still lots to do.  The work became easier to tackle each night since each task could be split into smaller tasks and progress was more rewarding to see. The style of the house was …

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