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Concrete Void Forms: One Way to Deal with Colorado’s Expansive Soils

When pondering natural hazards in Colorado, we might think of lightning strikes, violent hailstorms, wind, blizzards, flash floods, meteorites and maybe even Bigfoot. But the number one natural hazard, according to the Colorado Geological Survey, actually comes from the ground. It takes the dreaded form of swelling soils and heaving bedrock. […]

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2019 Front Range Construction Outlook: Does It Still Look Rosy?

By late 2017, construction industry leaders predicted that the Colorado Front Range economy would continue to boom throughout 2018. So it has. As predicted, the influx of large tech companies — Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and others — devoured a good chunk of available commercial and residential inventory. The Denver/Boulder communities saw most of the tech development. Yet […]

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3 Considerations when Deciding Between Glulam and Steel for Your New Construction

It’s nice to have options. New construction can incorporate a number of structural support elements, the basic three being steel, wood or concrete. One product attempting to rival the properties of structural steel is glue laminated timber or glulam. Would your new Colorado construction project benefit most from steel or from several layers of dimensional lumber […]

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Live Loads vs. Dead Loads in Structural Design

Structural design is all about calculating loads. The engineering firm Nishkian offers a succinct description: “Loads are commonly understood as forces that cause stresses, deformations, or accelerations. These loads are applied to a structure or its components that cause stress or displacement.” From the general concept of “load” comes two major categories: dead loads and […]

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I Beam for Colorado Steel Construction

Why Architects Love the Humble I Beam in Structural Steel Construction

Every pound counts in architectural design. The more materials used, the more expensive the building. However, too little material results in a weak edifice. In structural steel construction, the happy medium comes in the form of the common I beam. Steel-boned bridges, high rises and everything in between make heavy use of I beams for good […]

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10 Tips to Successful Hot Weather Concreting

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. Hot weather concreting can ultimately lead to accelerated curing and substandard strength. If you do not counteract the effects of excessive ambient heat before, during and after the pour, your concrete could […]

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Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

Primary and Secondary Steel Framing Building Components

You can erect nearly anything with steel: homes, shops, hangars, factories, warehouses, high rises, entertainment/sports arenas and shopping malls. The inherent compressive and tensile properties of steel lend more versatility to architectural design than any other conventional framing system. Whether you want height, light, creative angles or vast, unsupported spans, steel framing fits just about […]

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4 Budget Friendly Exterior Decorative Concrete Overlays

When you take pride of ownership of your property, exterior appeal matters. The great thing about exterior decorative concrete overlays is that they cost so little and give so much. Whether it’s a commercial building, residential multi-family complex or your home, you can elevate curb appeal by adding a decorative concrete overlay. Since nearly every property includes concrete elements […]

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Will Building Boom Continue in 2018? Front Range Construction Predictions

“Build it and they will come” seems a philosophy best left to corn farmers and the ghosts of ball players. In construction, the reality is closer to “they come, therefore we build.” Will Colorado’s Front Range construction boom continue through 2018? Here’s our construction predictions. […]

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Pros vs. Cons: Indoor Decorative Concrete Floors

If you’ve regarded a professionally finished decorative concrete floor lately, you were probably so impressed that you imagined installing one in your own home. When tinted and polished, an indoor concrete floor impresses as much, or more so, than natural stone or tile. You must wonder what took the construction industry so long to discover […]

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