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Denver West Business Park

What Building Owners Learned from Colorado’s Costliest Hailstorm

It was a typical Spring day in Colorado as I arrived for work on the morning of May 8, 2017. The promising forecast of a mild 70-degree day camouflaged the ensuing hailstorm that battered the Denver metro area. In the late afternoon, enveloped by dark, ominous skies, I heard the hail falling outside my office […]

Concrete Formwork Best Practices

Preventing Concrete Formwork Failures in the Commercial Construction Process

Concrete formwork is an essential element of commercial construction. Formwork is used to shape and support concrete structures until the concrete attains sufficient strength to support its own weight. In addition to foundations and walls, formwork is used to create virtually every component of a building including: core walls, columns, staircases, beams, suspended slabs, chimneys, […]

Denver, Colorado

Air and Vapor Barriers in a Cold Climate Commercial Roof—Do I Need One?

Air barrier systems in commercial buildings in cold climate zones are designed and constructed to control air and vapor transmission between a conditioned space and an unconditioned space. The air barrier system is the primary air boundary that separates indoor (conditioned) air and outdoor (unconditioned) air. The purpose of a vapor barrier, or vapor retarder, […]

Micropile shoring wall collapse

Preventing Shoring Wall Failures on Your Construction Site

Shoring walls are temporary retaining structures that prevent soil movement and cave-ins during a construction site excavation. These systems are used to minimize the excavation area, to keep the sides of deep excavations stable, and to ensure that movements will not cause damage to existing adjacent structures or to utilities in the surrounding ground. Common […]