Day: July 26, 2019

Precast Trail Erected in Downtown Evergreen

EVstudio had the pleasure of designing the foundation for an elevated pedestrian pathway in Evergreen that links the Downtown business zone with Evergreen Lake and the miles of trails that branch out from this network. Despite heavy rains (and sometimes snow), the General Contractor, Goodland Construction, managed to drive the 8 steel H-piles and pour …

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Structural Evaluation of Existing Foundations. The Glamorous Lives of Structural Engineers.

It occurred to me as I lifted the polyvinyl moisture barrier and watched the hordes on tiny brown spiders scatter that they never told you in college that you might be spending quality time in dark, muddy, rusty, moldy places like the crawlspace pictured above.  In today’s real estate market, most lending agencies (banks) will …

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Alterations, Restoration and Accessibility in Historic Buildings – IBC

The 2006 International Building Code addresses how the code relates to modifications of historic buildings. The IBC states that “The provisions of this code relating to the construction, repair, alteration, addition, restoration and movement of structures, and change of occupancy shall not be mandatory for historic buildings where such buildings are judged by the building …

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Mass Walls and Required Insulation R-Value – Energy Code

Note: This is based on the 2006 IECC and this section changes in the 2009 code, so its always important to verify which code is adopted. Mass walls are walls that provide energy efficiency through mass rather than insulative value. The mass allows them to store energy during the day and release it through the …

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Denver Townhomes and Accessibility Points: Part 1 of a Series

When individuals, and developers alike, contemplate taking on the construction of a new project, there are many aspects that must be considered. While most know the basic that need to be covered (who will the team consist of, what type of budget is allowable, who is the target market, etc.), other big ticket factors are …

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Accessible Drinking Fountain Guidelines ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires wall-mounted drinking fountain units to have a clear knee space of at least 27” high, 30” wide, and 17” to 19” deep.  They should also have a minimum clear floor space of 30” by 48”, for wheelchair accommodation. Free-standing or built-in units shall also have a clear floor …

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