Commercial

Accessible Fitting Room Requirements

by evstudio May 21, 2019

When designing an accessible fitting room, remember to provide the required clear floor space along with a code compliant bench.  According to ANSI 803.4 and ADA 4.35.4, a bench is required in all accessible fitting rooms. Benches must be 42 inches long, between 20 and 24 […]

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Part II: Littleton Village Condos Building 1- A Tale of PT

by Alex Pappas, EIT May 20, 2019

Prologue: EVstudio has designed several apartment/condo buildings recently, and all of them have one thing in common. That’s right! Each one utilizes a post-tensioned slab to elevate the “living space” and create usable space below. While PT slabs are nothing new, they continue to provide […]

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Part I: Winter Park South Sitzmark Building E- A Tale of PT

by Alex Pappas, EIT May 15, 2019

Prologue: EVstudio has designed several apartment/condo buildings recently, and all of them have one thing in common. That’s right! Each one utilizes a post-tensioned slab to elevate the “living space” and create usable space below. While PT slabs are nothing new, they continue to provide […]

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Accessible Drinking Fountain Guidelines ADA

by evstudio March 29, 2019

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. […]

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The ADA, ICC/ANSI A117.1 and Kitchen Sinks in Break Rooms

by EVstudio AEP March 22, 2019

Building codes and guidelines are always full of exceptions and variations on a theme and the Americans with Disabilities Act is no different. The ADA was first created in 1990. It is designed to protect against discrimination based on disability. The act has five titles […]

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Residential or Commercial

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 21, 2019

Even when I was in college, people would frequently ask me if I wanted to do residential or commercial architecture. There seems to be a belief that there is a distinct difference in architects who choose to do residential and architects who choose to do […]

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EVstudio Designs Innovative Business Park Design

by Dane Vierow, LEED AP BD+C March 18, 2019

EVstudio is completing the design of a new business park in Broomfield targeting an underdeveloped market for smaller footprint for-sale and for-lease space.  The development provides flexible core and shell space for a wide variety of allowable uses, but specifically targeting tech office and business […]

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Getting Nailed: A Brief History of Nails

by evstudio February 8, 2019

Unless they get one in their car tire I am willing to bet that the average person does not spend a lot of time thinking about nails. I actually do think about nails quite a bit, but then again I am a structural engineer who, […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio November 30, 2018

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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Packaged Task Lighting for Dentist Offices

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE November 16, 2018

I’ve unfortunately been spending a lot of time in a dentist chair lately and have noticed that all of the tools of this trade are generally self contained and packaged in a single workstation. We have designed a number of pediatric dentist offices and have […]

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Denver Engineers Not Surprised by New Post-Tension Rule

by EVstudio AEP November 6, 2018

Good day!  Your usual post–tension maniac here, with more exciting information on post-tensioning! A few months ago, I mentioned that finishing post-tension tendons was an area of special concern, since corrosion is very much the arch-enemy of post-tension tendons.  There are actually a lot of […]

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LEED VOC MSDS SCAQMD

by EVstudio AEP September 28, 2018

Part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to provide better environments for building occupants. Something we do every day but don’t think about much is breathing. Our lungs are very sensitive to contaminants and dust. If you have ever walked into […]

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