On-Demand Webinars

All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction

APA’s All-wood Podiums in Mid-rise Construction Webinar, presented by Karyn Beebe, APA Engineered Wood Specialist, provides an architectural case study on the use of an all-wood podium in mixed-use design.

Earn Continuing Education Credits 

APA is an approved AIA provider and participants who view the webinar will qualify for one HSW credit. Click the "Get Credit" button that appears beneath the video playback screen at the conclusion of the webinar for submitting and obtaining AIA HSW credits and downloading a Certficate of Completion


Mid-rise podium construction, up to four stories of wood framing on top of a concrete first story, has been widely used throughout North America for many years in order to build an economically superior superstructure atop a more traditional commercial construction type below. With the introduction of substituting a wood podium for concrete into this construction type, the overall construction cost has further decreased as well as the construction time, while creating a more sustainable, less massive, and more uniform building. This presentation provides a solution to building a green and cost effective structure using a wood podium as well as addresses design challenges such as durability, fire protection, sound transmission and designing for high seismic loads. Several recently construction buildings in California will be analyzed with lessons learned shared by the project teams.

To learn more about the techniques and requirements of all-wood podium design, download All-wood Podiums in Mid-rise Construction, Form N110. 

Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Tornados — Design of Wood-frame Structures for Extreme Forces

APA’s Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Tornados Webinar, presented by Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialist, provides a top to bottom overview of lateral design for wood-framed structures.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

APA is an approved AIA provider and participants who view the webinar will qualify for one HSW credit. Click the "Get Credit" button that appears beneath the video playback screen at the conclusion of the webinar for submitting and obtaining AIA HSW credits and downloading a Certficate of Completion


The overall strength of a building is a function of all of the components—roof, walls, floors, and foundation—working together as a unit. Topics of discussion in this webinar includes lessons learned from natural disasters, structural load-path continuity, and recent evolution in shear wall and uplift-resistant design.

To learn more about construction for areas prone to high wind and seismic events, visit Designers Circle's High Wind and Seismic page for additional resources.

Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings
DES415 — American Wood Council

Provides an overview of the force transfer around openings (FTAO) shear wall design approach, recent research in this area, and a side-by-side comparison of design results between segmented, perforated, and FTAO design methods. AIA, ICC, and NCSEA credits available. Presented by Jared Hensley, PE, APA Engineered Wood Specialist.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will investigate past and current methods for determining force transfer around openings for wood shear walls through discussion of the joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).
  2. Participants will compare the effects of different opening sizes, full-height pier sizes, and their relationships to the three industry shear wall approaches by illustrating use of the segmented, perforated, and FTAO methods.
  3. Participants will observe how the study examined internal forces generated during loading by reviewing full-scale wall test data as well as analytical modeling performed in determining statistical accuracy.
  4. Participants will conclude that research results obtained from this study can be used to support different design methodologies in estimating forces around openings accurately.

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