Sean O'Hara

You Built Without a Permit and Received a Stop Work Order – Now What?

by Sean O'Hara January 7, 2019

As architects and engineers we are typically in the business of providing permit drawings before people do construction. But sometimes people choose to build something without getting the proper permits and when someone turns you in, you’ll receive a stop work order. When that happens […]

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NCARB Certificate and Architects, What Does it Mean

by Sean O'Hara January 3, 2019

One of the more important qualifications on my architectural resume is having an NCARB Certificate. But what exactly is an NCARB certificate, who needs one and how do you get one? NCARB is the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. NCARB is a non-profit federation […]

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EVstudio will acquire your Architecture or Engineering Firm

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2018

As you probably know, EVstudio has grown a lot in the last few years. We have several offices and cover every significant discipline for the design of land and buildings. We plan to continue this growth both organically and through continued merger and acquisition. We […]

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Post Tension Basketball Court – Sport Court

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2018
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Courts for basketball, tennis and other sports need to be free of cracking. At the same time, they are large expanses of concrete and concrete tends to crack. The solution is to do a post tension concrete court. A well designed post tension sport court […]

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Restaurants, Bars, Bakeries and Occupant Loads

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2018

When you are designing restaurants, bars, bakeries and other food service businesses the number of occupants is a fairly important factor. Occupant loading is not determined by the actual number of people, but rather by the number of square feet in your space. You’ll have […]

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Skyline Ink

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

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 […]

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The Build-To Requirement – A Different Sort of “Setback”

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

Pieces of land have zoning regulations that dictate what you can put on the site and where you can put it on the site. The most common regulation is the setback, which tells you how far from the edge of the property you can put […]

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Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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Denver Building Code & Energy Calculations

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

Beth Freeman called the Denver Building Department to ask about their new requirements for energy calculations on single family residences. We haven’t had to submit them in the past, but we’d heard that some builders had. The word from Denver is that you do not […]

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Projects Outside of Colorado

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

The majority of EVstudio’s projects are in Colorado and the projects that we do through 157 Architecture are all in Texas. However we have done work in quite a number of states and we enjoy practicing in new areas. In the last couple years we’ve […]

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Jim Houlette nominated for Builder Partner of the Year

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018
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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 […]

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Building Height Restrictions Vary – Always Double Check

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

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 […]

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