Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

2017 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

March 22—Irving, Texas

Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2017 International Mass Timber Conference

March 28–30—Portland, Oregon

Presentations from international experts addressing the advancement of cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry, and the use of wood in mid-rise and tall buildings across the world.


2017 Pacific Northwest Wood Solutions Fair

April 25—Seattle, Washington

Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

April 27–29, 2017—Orlando, Florida

Speakers: Industry favorites and new voices deliver insights and experiences; Education: Master new skills and earn credits with workshops, weminars, tours, or expo credit; Architecture Expo: Discover what's new, next, and cutting-edge with over 800 displays featuring the latest in materials, products, and technologies; plus networking events and much more.


2017 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

August 29—Washington, DC

Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair

October 4—Pasadena, California

Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2017 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Charlotte, North Carolina

Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Courses, Institutes, & Symposiums

University of Minnesota Annual Institute for Building Officials

January 4 through 19, 2017—University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
The Annual Institute for Building Officials provides a continuing education opportunity for code officials and inspectors from the building, electrical, fire, housing, mechanical, elevator, and plumbing fields as well as permit technicians.


2017 Timber Frame Engineering Council (TFEC) Symposium

May 18–19, 2017—Madison, Wisconsin

The TFEC Symposium agenda includes keynote addresses by Ben Brungraber of Fire Tower Engineered Timber and Gerry Epp of StructureCraft, as well as a packed technical program that will make for two days of accelerated learning and information sharing. Symposium-goers also have the opportunity to tour the US Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), where they will be addressed by Mike Ritter, Assistant Director of Research, prior to exploring the FPL. The facility includes labs dedicated Pressure Treatment, Emerging Mechanics, Composites, Weathering, and Wood Anatomy, as well as the Advanced Housing Research Center.

Seminars

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

January 25, 2017—Raleigh, North Carolina

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood Structures

January 31, 2017—San Antonio, Texas
February 7, 2017—Houston, Texas

With an increase in mid-rise wood-frame buildings, more designers are seeking information on code-compliant and constructible detailing. Many are unsure of the code’s requirements for details, specifically at the intersection of rated assemblies and where structure and fire protection meet. This presentation will focus on common detailing issues and areas of misunderstanding—including fire-resistance rating continuity, allowable uses of wood framing in shaft and fire walls, and fire safety principles associated with the intersection of two rated assemblies. Mid-rise wood-frame opportunities and code-specified building sizes will also be reviewed, followed by discussion of detailing code requirements, code compliance, and rationale for approval with an emphasis on constructability and practicality.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Progressive Multi-Family Design: New Opportunities for Light-Frame Mid-rise Structures

February 14, 2017—San Diego, California
February 15, 2017—Long Beach, California
February 16, 2017—San Francisco, California

Updates to the California Building Code along with the availability of innovative new products have created opportunities for designers to add value to their mixed-use and multi-family projects by increasing scale and improving aesthetics. This workshop will introduce a new code allowance for additional stories in podium structures and review specific ways it can impact building designs. Referencing built projects and common design techniques, discussion will cover fire-rated detailing provisions, including those relevant to the detailing of wood shaft walls, and options for cost-effectively integrating mass timber into projects that are otherwise light wood-frame. Code provisions related to safety during construction will also be reviewed to demonstrate how to minimize the risk of fire on large wood projects.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mid-Rise Design: Opportunity and Implementation

February 14, 2017—New York, New York

As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the challenge of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant and sustainable communities. Yet many familiar with the design of two- to four-story wood structures are not aware that the International Building Code allows five stories and more of wood-frame construction for residential uses such as student, senior and affordable housing, and for business, mercantile and military occupancies. Through an overview of design, detailing, and construction considerations, this presentation is intended to give architects and engineers the confidence to break into this growing market segment. Heights and areas will be discussed, including allowable increases, as will fire-resistive design, detailing for performance, shrinkage, structural framing, acoustics, and fire-rated assemblies.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

February 16, 2017—Austin, Texas
March 2, 2017—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 14, 2017—Fort Worth, Texas

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many U.S. architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mixed-Use & Multi-Family: Designing Wood-Frame Buildings for Occupant Comfort

March 7, 2017—Washington, DC
March 8, 2017—Baltimore, Maryland
March 9, 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the International Building Code, but it’s very important to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover designing high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, minimizing floor vibration and methods for meeting or exceeding energy-efficiency objectives. Details and code provisions will be presented for each topic, along with example projects featuring real-world issues and solutions. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

March 8—Nashville, Tennessee
March 15—Denver, Colorado

Great solutions often lie beyond convention. Consider that most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structure yet this option goes largely unexplored. Many designers assume they’re limited to concrete and steel for workplace environments—because that’s the common default—but, in fact, wood construction can accommodate the space and performance needs of office occupancies, while providing advantages such as speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact. Focusing on common design considerations (e.g., layout flexibility, land-use constraints, and market classification) this presentation will examine the potential for light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions. Topics will include building code opportunities related to fire and life safety, structural design and layout, and cost.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

March 14, 2017—Columbus, Ohio
March 15, 2017—Beachwood, Ohio

While mixed-use buildings—which combine multiple occupancy types and/or functions in a single structure—are common, determining how to apply their unique mix of code requirements can be a daunting task. To simplify code analysis associated with these buildings, this presentation covers logical, code-compliant steps for a number of topics, including determining allowable building size, separation needs, detailing requirements, and the application of special provisions. With an emphasis on the use of wood framing in Construction Types III, IV and V, examples, calculations, and details will be presented to demonstrate how to navigate the various code requirements associated with mixed-use buildings while maximizing building size and meeting fire and life safety needs.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Modern School Construction in the PNW: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood

March 14, 2017—Seattle, Washington
March 15, 2017—Portland, Oregon

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame school construction, as well as a demonstration of the benefits realized through the use of wood in school facilities. Architectural design and detailing topics relevant to school construction will be discussed, including durability, fire and life safety, and allowable school sizes, configurations and construction types. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will be covered, as will options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. Recent PNW school projects, both new facilities and additions, will be used to illustrate common challenges and successful solutions. Following this discussion, an experienced contractor will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings realized on PNW wood-frame school projects.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

March 14, 2017—Hartford, Connecticut
March 15, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinars

TallWood House at Brock Commons

January 25, 2017—10 am Pacific

When completed in the spring of 2017, the 18-story TallWood House at Brock Commons will be the tallest contemporary mass wood building in the world. An exceptional example of the advantages of timber prefabrication, this project aspires to be the model for a future that includes extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings. This presentation will introduce the project, discuss the various design approaches considered and explain the process used to arrive at the final solution. While providing a focused discussion on the structural design and unique engineering challenges, the presenter will also provide an introduction to the fire/life safety approach, construction methods and project coordination.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.