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Control Contaminants During Construction Mechanical & Plumbing

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP December 7, 2017

During construction it is important to verify that your contractor is protecting your mechanical and plumbing system from contaminants. Not protecting these systems can be harmful to the systems and your health. There are two types of contaminants that you generally want to protect against. […]

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Brandon Warren – Assistant Director of Structural Engineering

by Bill Myhren, AIA, EI June 15, 2016

Brandon has over 15 years of well-rounded experience of structural design of a variety of different categories of building structures including parking structures, office buildings, educational facilities, health care facilities, multi-family residential/hospitality, and single family residential remodels and new builds. Over the course of his […]

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Do I remodel or start from scratch?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP September 8, 2015

We have done quite a number of residential remodels in the last of couple years, and one of the first questions that people ask their architect is often “do you think I should remodel it or should I tear it down and start over”. This […]

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Improving Shelters: Effect of Microbursts on Building Storm Systems & the 2015 IPC

by Michael Banks September 8, 2015
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This past summer, Denver experienced a number of wet microburst storms that caused some isolated flooding and quite a bit of damage. With storm systems overwhelmed, rainwater competed with cars, trucks and trains as streets were transformed into creeks and rivers. As storm water overwhelmed […]

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Tiffany Binkowski – Structural Project Designer

by Bill Myhren, AIA, EI June 24, 2015

Tiffany comes from a family of engineers and is a part of the Denver office engineering team. She graduated from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. She started her career off in Fremont, CA working […]

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Denver Survey Requirements

by EVstudio AEP March 23, 2014
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With the recent department shifts and reorganizing at the City of Denver, one thing seems to be coming up quite frequently with residential remodels, pop-tops, and new construction projects—Survey requirements.  In the past, an architect, homeowner, builder, or developer could often get by with an […]

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DIY House Crashers in Denver

by Jim Houlette, PE July 27, 2012

EVstudio recently helped West Standard with a remodel that was filmed for House Crashers on DIY network. Our structural department helped the project by observing the wall between the two rooms being remodeled.  The goal was to create an opening in the wall and allowing […]

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The Importance of As-Built Drawings in Renovations

by EVstudio AEP September 23, 2011

If your are considering a remodeling project, one of the first things your architect may ask is, “Do you have drawings?”  What he means by this is are there existing plans which describe what currently stands as the building.  Oftentimes in residential renovation plans do […]

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Energy and Space Planning Upgrades to Conifer Residence

by EVstudio AEP June 7, 2011

We are currently putting the finishing touches on energy efficiency and overall upgrades to a residence in Conifer. The clients initially came to us because of our experience in green and modern design. This existing home currently has 2×4 wood stud walls with mineral batt […]

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms Required in 2009 International Residential Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 7, 2010

The 2009 International Residential Code adds a section on carbon monoxide alarms. They are required in new construction residences that have either a garage or a fuel fired appliance. They are also required in remodels of existing dwellings where a permit is required and the […]

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ANSI 117.1 Accessibility Standard Voluntary or Enforceable

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP January 24, 2010

The ANSI A117.1 is a document that sets standards for accessibility in new construction and remodels. It was first published in 1961 and has gone through several rounds of updates but it is still a voluntary standard. What makes it enforceable is that it is […]

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City of Denver Requires Contractor Licenses

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 16, 2009

The City and County of Denver is a municipality that requires contractors to have a license to pull a permit. The license types are Class A, B, C and D. Building Contractor Class A license is a general contractor license that allows erection, alteration, demolision […]

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