Denver

Denver’s Historic Pride – The Equitable Building

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

Equitable Building – Stout St and 17th St. Built in 1911, Denver’s Equitable Building was designed by Boston architects, Andrews, Jacques and Rantoul.  Planned to maximize light into offices, the floor plan is two ‘E’s back to back.  The nine story building is constructed of […]

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Interrupted or Narrow Spread Footing Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE July 26, 2019

When the site has low to moderate swelling soil an interrupted or narrow spread footing may be used.  The Geotechnical engineer will specify a maximum and a minimum soil bearing pressure.  Most people understand a maximum soil bearing which is discussed more at our post […]

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Raft Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE July 12, 2019

A Raft Slab-on-Grade foundation can be as simple as a 4” thick slab with no reinforcement and a shallow perimeter rib to an 8” thick slab heavily reinforced with deep ribs spaced roughly 10’o.c.  The wide range of concrete thicknesses and reinforcement is a function […]

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Structural Wood Framing Connectors from Simpson Strong-Tie and USP

by Jim Houlette, PE May 30, 2019

Simpson or USP?  Each company has a wide range of framing connectors that meets the needs of almost every type of wood connection you can think of.  In addition, each company provides connectors for epoxy bonding, retrofitting, and other various products to create quick structural […]

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Wind or Fallen Tree Damage Report by a Structural Engineer

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019

Unfortunately, we are experiencing some high winds as the year ends.  Although structures built in the last 20 years should have been designed to withstand a 90mph wind gust or higher in some areas along the front range it doesn’t protect the structures from falling […]

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Floor Plan for a Small House 1,150 sf with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 30, 2019

  One of our clients likes to build smaller, affordable homes that he can keep as rentals. With this project he had a relatively narrow lot and we needed to create a narrower plan with the rooms stretching out from front to back. The finished […]

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The Beauty of Red Rocks

by EVstudio AEP May 30, 2019

For those who have not been, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre must be one if not the most beautiful concert venues in the world.  (I have not included many photos, as Red Rocks is a place that one must experience by visiting!)  Located near Morrison, Colorado […]

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Public Transportation – Denver

by EVstudio AEP May 7, 2019

As a new comer to Denver, I thought that I would join the young Denver work force and bike to work.  During a sunny  warm day in July, I was riding my bike that I used for my commute to meet my wife at lunch […]

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Open for Business During Construction

by EVstudio AEP May 7, 2019

One of our recently designed projects was recently permitted with no review comments and is now under construction. The project is a remodel of an existing retail center at a very busy intersection. The owner and tenants where very concerned about the impact the remodel […]

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City of Denver Affordable Housing Fee Now in Effect January 2017

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE April 19, 2019

Affordable housing fee in effect; New application required for building permits As of January 1, new development in Denver is subject to a fee ranging from $0.40 to $1.70/sq. ft., depending on project type. These fees will support the development and preservation of affordable housing. Every […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE April 19, 2019

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE March 29, 2019

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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