Programming and Layout

by Andrew Allmon July 15, 2019

So, you know you need an architect for your project, but what kind of things do you, the client, need to know to help the process of starting a project? There are many ways to skin a cat or to initiate a design; I will […]

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Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 12, 2019

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 12, 2019

It’s no surprise that LED lighting has made a significant impact on the energy use for lighting applications with it’s extremely low energy use per footcandle. New ground is being broken in all lighting uses and we are seeing LED lighting in everything from decorative […]

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Jefferson County Height Restriction

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2019

Jefferson County, Colorado has changed the way that they look at building height effective May 20th, 2008. This is the first change in this definition since 2002. Its a little hard to explain so hopefully I’m allowed to post this graphic from the Zoning Resolution. […]

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Documentation that Suits Your Audience

by Macy Andre July 12, 2019

As architects & designers, we often work with people who have drastically different backgrounds, skills, experiences, and who care about different aspects of a project. The client will turn to us when they don’t know what to do next when it comes to acquiring a […]

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EVstudio Contracted for Value Engineered Structural Revision to Custom Mountain Home

by evstudio July 11, 2019

EVstudio was recently asked to value engineer a proposed revision to the foundation of a custom home in Evergreen Colorado that we had previously provided structural design services for. This particular home was originally designed for a slab on grade lower level floor with an […]

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LEED Certified Buildings and Accredited Professionals

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 11, 2019

There is no shortage of talk about LEED these days so I think it merits a quick explanation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a green building rating system that has been put in place by the US Green […]

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Understanding Long-Term Losses in Post-Tension Tendons

by EVstudio AEP July 11, 2019

As a structural designer, I started my career working on post-tension structures.  Those of you who have been with us for some time know that those can include things as small as a single tennis or basketball court as well as some of the tallest […]

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Coordination is never someone else’s job.

by Thomas Stuart, AIA, LEED AP July 11, 2019

Whether you’re an architect or engineer, proper coordination is one of the key ingredients of a successful project. Often the assumption made is that every discipline is coordinating with every other discipline’s work, when in fact, the unfortunate reality is that every discipline is coordinating […]

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You Have Purchased a Property….Now What?

by Roxanne Jacobson July 10, 2019

So you’ve purchased a property and are looking to get it renovated as soon as possible  – don’t think for a minute that this is going to be a quick process! There are many procedures involved and multiple approvals required to complete a successful new […]

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Structural Glass – Floors and Stairs

by EVstudio AEP July 9, 2019

Currently glass can be seen in building canopies, floors, stairs, beams, and columns.  Most of these structural members use safety glass. Safety glass is glass that has been toughened or laminated so that it is less likely to splinter when broken. Structural glass doesn’t currently have as […]

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My Professional Self-Reflection (Part 2 of 2)

by Kayla Harmon, Associate AIA July 9, 2019

Since Part 1 of my blog was about my professional self-reflection on my first residential project that I designed and managed by myself, I thought I would discuss the project in depth in this Part 2 series. The project I keep referring to is a […]

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