Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Under 40 Leadership Summit—Building Design + Construction

October 14–16, 2015
Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites, Chicago, IL

The conference focuses on providing young professionals with practical advice, hard-learned lessons, and helpful tools for making the next leap in their career. The program includes three high-energy, interactive workshops facilitated by senior-level AEC professionals (including past BD+C 40 Under 40 winners): From Technician to Rainmaker: How to Make the Leap in Your Career, Develop the Mindset of an AEC Firm Owner and Leader, and Secrets of AEC Career Advancement. 11 AIA/CES learning units are available for attendees.


NAWLA Traders Market 2015

November 4–6, 2015—Dallas, Texas
Traders Market is a materials tradeshow focused almost exclusively on the supply chain. Unlike other shows, the exhibitors are mainly manufacturers of lumber and lumber-related products rather than machinery and equipment.


Wood Solutions Fair

Wood Solutions Fairs are multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August 22–26, 2016
Vienna, Austria

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair

October 17–20, 2015—Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Seminars

Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Insights on Design and Construction (WoodWorks)

June 9, 2015—Boston, MA
June 10, 2015—Waltham, MA
June 11, 2015—Baltimore, MD
7:45 check-in, 8:15 program begins, 1:00 program concludes

Understanding the effects of moisture on construction materials is important when designing high-performing, long-lasting buildings. This seminar reviews the response of both structural and finish wood products to various forms of water, and explains how relative humidity and liquid water can impact dimensional stability and durability. The discussion will include means of controlling wood shrinkage and swelling by considering pre- and post-installation environmental conditions and how to reduce the risk of decay. Learn appropriate design considerations for your projects and how to refine your specifications accordingly.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Advanced Diaphragm Analysis—A Technical Presentation of Complex Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

June 16, 2015—Atlanta, GA
June 17, 2015—Raleigh, NC
June 18, 2015—Charlotte, NC
July 15, 2015—Long Beach, CA
July 16, 2015—Oakland, CA
August 4, 2015—Oak Brook, IL
August 5, 2015—Pewaukee, WI
August 6, 2015—Appleton, WI

The structural configurations of many modern buildings require complex lateral load paths that incorporate diaphragms at different elevations, multiple re-entrant corners, multiple irregularities and fewer vertical lateral force-resisting elements. It is important to address these design issues and irregularities to ensure complete load paths throughout the structure. This workshop provides discussions on how to analyze offset diaphragms, in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls, and diaphragms with large openings. Code sections and irregularities associated with these types of lateral-resisting elements will be discussed.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.


Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: June (WoodWorks)

June 24, 2015—Richmond, VA
Check in: 9:00 am, Workshop: 9:30-12:45 (includes lunch)

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems

Architects in Europe commonly use “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S. Featuring case study examples of projects in Canada, New Zealand and Europe, this presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing innovative structural wood products and systems and demonstrating their use in a range of applications.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools

The choice of building materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment, which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood-frame schools.


Wood Revolution & Design Trends (WoodWorks)

June 25, 2015—Bellevue, WA
9:00 check in, program begins 9:30, concludes 12:45

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems

As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Architects in Europe are already using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S.

This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems. Case study examples of innovative projects in Canada, New Zealand and Europe will also be used to demonstrate how to use and apply these products and systems. Make no mistake—these examples are not your grandfather’s traditional heavy-timber-style buildings. These are creative, imaginative structures designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits. By showing how architects in Europe and Canada are pushing the boundaries, we hope to help architects here gain inspiration to blend structure back into architecture using mass timber and other wood systems.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools

Through a series of case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how school districts across the US have shown leadership in their choice of structural material and imagination in their building designs to achieve both performance and cost objectives. The choice of materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment- which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood frame schools.


Wood Design Seminars, Summer Lunch Series: Introduction to Wood and Design Trends (WoodWorks)

July 14—Austin, TX
August 18—Fort Worth, TX
September 15—Dallas, TX

Check in at 9:00, seminar begins at 9:30, concludes at 12:45

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Introduction to Wood

This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood science including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties will be discussed. Wood species and grades will be covered along with an overview of their structural properties and durability. Structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads including bending, shear, deflection, vibration, tension, compression, and connections will be introduced. Common wood-framed lateral force-resisting systems will be discussed as will the components included in wood shear walls. Architectural considerations associated with wood framing will be examined, including fire protection and sprinklers, construction types, acoustics, and building envelopes. Design and detailing best practices for wood-frame buildings will be explained in an effort to highlight the items that play an important role in the construction process and ultimate building performance.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools

Through a series of case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how schools districts across the US have shown leadership in their choice of structural material and imagination in their building designs to achieve both performance and cost objectives. The choice of materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment- which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood frame schools.


Wood Design Seminars, Summer Lunch Series: Exposing the Potential of Heavy Timber Construction (WoodWorks)

July 21—Tampa, FL
July 23—Orlando, FL
August 25—Jacksonville, FL
August 27—Savannah, GA

Check in at 9:00, begins at 9:30, concludes at 12:45.

Offering a mix of both the practical and inspirational, this presentation focuses on the use of heavy timber in applications such as offices and schools, as well as civic, industrial, mid-rise/multi-residential and other building types. Included will be a review of non-structural provisions in the International Building Code and a discussion of structural component and connection methods available. Example projects ranging from typical to unique will be used to illustrate the range of modern timber design solutions available and their ability to provide unlimited aesthetic opportunities for almost any building type.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Symposiums and Courses

Course: The Wood Adhesion Short Course

August 11–12, 2015
Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech)

This short course will introduce the basic concepts of adhesion, and then build on these concepts with specific attention to wood. Upon completion of the course, participants will better understand the unique bonding characteristics of wood. They will be better prepared to analyze existing problems and performance, and evaluate new applications.


Course: Introduction to Structural Design Of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS (AWC)

September 30 through October 2, 2015
Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech)

Course objectives include mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2015 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2015). All design calculations will be based on a strict interpretation of the ANSI/AWC NDS-2015. In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss “good practice” when it may apply to worked examples. Three hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations and related discussion at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

Issued by Virginia Tech, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.

Webinars

Advanced Geometry in Urban Environments: An Evolution of Public Landmarks (WoodWorks)

June 10, 2015—10 am PDT

In the last few years, North America has seen advances in applications of timber in the built environment that are literally changing the way we design and fabricate. An engineering perspective on the complex geometries now achievable with timber systems will be explored through Canadian examples of public landmarks such as the Wayne Gretzky Sports Arena, Art Gallery of Ontario, Waterfront Wavedecks and new Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa. Discussion will also focus on how innovative products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and composite concrete-wood systems, as well as growth in the mid-rise market, are creating even more opportunities to advance design in urban environments.

1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit available.


Seismic Design of Large Wood Panelized Roof Diaphragms in Heavy-Wall Building (AWC)

June 18, 2015—1:55–4 pm EDT

This webinar is intended for practicing engineers and undergraduate and graduate engineering students. After attending, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a panelized wood roof diaphragm.
  • Apply requirements for wall anchorage forces including proper detailing for distribution of these forces into the diaphragm.
  • Utilize subdiaphragms as a tool to create an efficient load path for wall anchorage forces.
  • Design wood diaphragms and their chords and collectors for seismic forces.

Pending approval, eligible attendees will qualify for NCSEA 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) or ICC 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Certificates of completion will be available for participants within two weeks of the webinar.


Urban Acoustics (WoodWorks)

July 15—10 am PDT

As with any issue of building performance, the acoustics of a mixed-use wood-frame structure can be designed to meet or far exceed minimal requirements. It is the responsibility of the design team to determine acoustical expectations for the project and meet them within the available budget. Through the use of case studies, this fast-paced, interactive session will explore how multi-story wood systems can be used to meet acoustical privacy goals. Discussion will focus on the detailing and construction of units, and how consideration of the construction process can help keep acoustical costs down. With the objective of providing implementable solutions, the session will include construction details and photos showing what has and hasn’t worked in actual buildings.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. Certificates will be emailed to participants.


Detailing for Wood Shrinkage (WoodWorks)

August 12—10:00 am PDT

For condominiums, apartments, hotels and dormitories, multi-story wood construction is viewed by many as a way to achieve higher density at lower cost, while reducing the project’s carbon footprint. One of the challenges, in designing these taller buildings, is how to calculate and address wood shrinkage, which occurs as the wood dries from its ‘green’ state to its in-service equilibrium state. This session will examine shrinkage associated with wall and floor design, and demonstrate how to minimize effects of both shrinkage and differential movement with proper detailing. The discussion will include solutions to shrinkage induced construction issues such as drywall cracking, window frame wracking, and compromised plumbing lines.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. Certificates will be emailed to participants.


Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining (WoodWorks)

September 16—10 am PDT

This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don’t comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries, code conundrums, political problem solving and the resolution of interpretation differences. Successful project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined, with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the ‘public’ side of the counter in a project’s ultimate success.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. Certificates will be emailed to participants.