Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)

August 22–26, 2016—Vienna, Austria
WCTE is the world's premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. WCTE is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biannually in different parts of the world and attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents.


2016 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

September 14—Houston, 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.


Timber Processing and Energy Expo

September 28–30—Portland, Oregon
An event for those in the lumber, plywood, engineered wood products and wood-to-energy industries.


2016 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

October 13—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.


International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest & Biobased Products Industries

October 24–26—St. Simons, Georgia

A forum dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and research on process technologies, quality control and process improvement for forest and bio-based products manufacturing. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented. It provides excellent networking between scientists and industry including researchers, operations managers, technical and business managers. Jointly organized by the Timber Construction Department—Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Forest Products Society.


2016 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Orlando, Florida
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.

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting

November 5–7, 2016—Bonita Springs, Florida

Seminars

Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (WoodWorks)

August 23—Portland, Oregon
August 24—Seattle, Washington
This course is intended for designers who want to learn more about the use of wood-frame construction for low-rise retail, office and restaurant occupancies designed under the International Building Code. Topics covered include common framing systems and details, paths to code compliance and tall wall design.

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


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices (WoodWorks)

August 23—San Francisco, California
September 20—Columbus, Ohio
September 21—Cleveland, Ohio
September 22—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
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.

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


Mid-Rise Construction Site Tour (WoodWorks)

September 13—Reston, Virginia
Arrival time: 2:45 pm; tour begins: 3:00 pm; tour concludes: 4:00 pm. The tour will begin PROMPTLY at 3:00 and late attendees will not be accommodated.

This unique educational event will provide an in-depth look at a mid-rise, wood-frame project currently under construction. Attendees will tour the construction site with members of the project team, who will share information on detailing and construction techniques. Discussion will include cost saving measures that are often overlooked when construction and design aren’t considered in tandem, and attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions in order to understand factors that influenced material and detail selection.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 1 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 (WoodWorks)

September 13—Portland, Maine
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.

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


Schematic Health Care Building Charrette: Re-Thinking Assumptions and Challenging Traditions (WoodWorks)

October 4—Washington, DC
October 5—Baltimore, Maryland
When starting a new building planning and design process, engineers and architects often make assumptions and immediate decisions about what materials and layouts will be used. However, these immediate decisions are often based on previous project experience, comfort level with certain materials, and current understanding of code provisions. This session will provide an interactive method of discussing and challenging traditional construction materials and techniques used for health care buildings while focusing on what designers may be taking for granted or assuming to be true. The audience will interactively discuss schematic decision making processes associated with health care buildings but the principles also apply to a variety of building and occupancy types. Design assumptions and deciding factors for items such as construction types and materials, fire and acoustical performance, and cost will be reviewed.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 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.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

October 25—Chicago, Illinois
October 27—Schaumburg, Illinois
October 28—Naperville, Illinois
Intended for structural engineers or architects with a basic understanding of engineering principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at wood-frame shear wall designs commonly used for non-residential and multi-family low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Topics will also include: a brief discussion on diaphragm irregularities and the detailing required to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity; a review of the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood frame shear walls; a new method of analysis for a shear wall with Force Transfer Around an Opening; and available methods to analyze tall shear walls in mid-rise structures and determine their effect on the horizontal distribution of shears through the diaphragm and shear walls..

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


Seminar: Structural Design for Wind Loads—An Overview of Engineering Considerations for Wood Buildings (WoodWorks)

December 6—Plano, Texas
December 7—Austin, Texas
December 8—San Antonio, Texas
December 9—Houston, Texas
This course is intended for structural engineers and building designers seeking an overview of design steps, considerations and detailing best practices related to the wind-resistive design and analysis of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. Developed in response to the fact that engineering curricula does not typically include a wood design course, it provides an overview of relevant 2012 International Building Code (IBC) provisions and American Wood Council (AWC)-referenced standards, a discussion of common design errors, and guidance related to load path continuity, shear walls, diaphragms, and uplift restraint. Topics covered in detail include:

  • 2012 IBC and AWC-referenced standards applicable to wood-frame wind-resisting systems
  • Uplift-resistant design solutions, including combined shear and uplift
  • Out-of-plane wall design for wind loads, including tall walls, gable end walls, and tall walls with large openings, as well as deflection criteria for a variety of wall finishes
  • Design and stiffness assumptions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible diaphragms
  • Diaphragm deflection and design of components such as chords and collectors
  • Shear wall design methods, including segmented, perforated and force transfer around openings
  • Design of shear wall components, including holdowns and drag struts
  • Multi-story wood-frame design example for high winds, including accommodation of accumulated forces and deflections as well as design and detailing for wood’s interface with concrete podiums and foundations

Attendees can expect a top-to-bottom discussion of all aspects of wood-frame wind-resisting systems.

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

Symposiums and Courses

Introduction to Wood Science & Forest Products (FPS)

September 26–28—Starksville, Mississippi

An informative three-day course with empowering knowledge on the basics of wood and wood-based products. Understand environmental advantages of wood, product properties and more. New employees in wood products manufacturing, suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies encouraged to attend.

Webinars

Webinar: Solid Wood—New Trends in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design (WoodWorks)

September 7—1 pm Eastern
Through the rise of mass timber, one of the world’s oldest building materials has been reimagined as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. Innovations in solid wood building systems, which include large engineered wood members such as glue-laminated timber (GLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and cross-laminated timber (CLT), have created new opportunities for wood, whether that means going taller, spanning farther, or building faster. Driven by wood’s light environmental footprint, large-scale wood buildings around the world are helping to spur building code changes, improve wood-based economies and demonstrate the untapped potential of this versatile material. This presentation will provide insight into these new, exciting architectural developments through detailed case studies that will expand your perception of wood’s possibilities.

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


Webinar: Fire Retardant-Treated Wood—The Basics (WoodWorks)

November 9—1 pm Eastern
For some applications—such as exterior walls in Type III Construction—building codes allow the use of wood providing it is fire retardant-treated (FRT). This presentation offers an overview of FRT wood in the United States, including specific references under the International Building Code, available products and examples of typical use. This session will explore how treatments are impregnated into the wood, how some FR Treatments offer preservative protection and the testing required to confirm fire retardant capabilities. Topics will also include understanding the labels on FRT wood products for interior and exterior uses, and occupant safety.

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


Webinar: The First Cross-Laminated Timber School in the US—A Builder’s Perspective (WoodWorks)

December 14—1 pm Eastern
The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross-laminated timber (CLT). With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

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