Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) Annual Conference

August 4–8, 2015
Providence, RI


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.


International Fiber/Wood-Based Panels Conference 2015

November 11–12, 2015—Chicago, Illinois
The first conference specifically dedicated to addressing the ‘fiber/wood-based panels’ industry, this conference offers an industry-driven opportunity for business leaders and professionals to meet, discuss and focus on management and business aspects across a changing industry.


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

Wood Design Seminars, Summer Lunch Series: Mid-Rise Design—Opportunity and Implementation (WoodWorks)

August 4, 2015—Asheville, NC
September 1, 2015—Houston, TX
September 1, 2015—Santa Rosa, CA
September 29, 2015—San Antonio, TX

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

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. 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.


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

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.


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

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)

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.


Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: Advanced Diaphragm Analysis (WoodWorks)

September 8, 2015—Washington, DC
September 9, 2015—Baltimore, MD
September 10, 2015—Philadelphia, PA

Check-in 9:00, starts 9:30, concludes 2:00.

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 also be discussed.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 3 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: Intro to Wood Science and Forest Products (AWC/FPS)

September 28–30, 2015—Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Starkeville, MS

The overall purpose of this course is to provide those working in the forest products industry with a basic knowledge of wood properties, processing and production. Participants will benefit from the course by gaining fundamental knowledge about wood and wood behavior, along with an understanding of how the production of products is influenced by the materials utilized from the forest.


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

Disaster-Resistant Wood Frame Construction—Part 1: Loads and Roof Story Design (AWC)

July 30, 1:55 pm EDT

Part 1 of a 2-part webinar series. The second webinar is scheduled for August 20. Eligible attendees will qualify for ICC, NCSEA and AIA education credits. Learning outcomes include:

  1. Attendees will learn the appropriate high wind, seismic, and snow loads to apply to residential structures based on code-referenced load standards.
  2. Attendees will learn about the engineering basis of prescriptive tables used to size wood members and connections to resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads in the roof story system.
  3. Attendees will learn to use prescriptive tables to size wood members and connections to resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads in the roof story system.
  4. Attendees will learn to use checklists and detailing summaries to ensure a complete load path is prescriptively designed for the roof story.

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.


Disaster-Resistant Wood Frame Construction—Part 2: Walls and Floor Design (AWC)

August 20, 1:55 pm EDT

Part 2 of a 2-part webinar series. Eligible attendees will qualify for ICC, NCSEA and AIA education credits. Learning outcomes include:

  1. Attendees will learn the appropriate high wind, seismic, and snow loads to apply to residential structures based on code-referenced load standards.
  2. Attendees will learn about the engineering basis of prescriptive tables used to size wood members and connections to resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads in the wall and floor systems.
  3. Attendees will learn to use prescriptive tables to size wood members and connections to resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads in the wall and floor systems.
  4. Attendees will learn to use checklists and detailing summaries to ensure a complete load path is prescriptively designed for the wall and floor systems.

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.