Seminars & Webinars

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices/Designing Modern Wood Schools

May 16, 2017—Akron, Ohio
May 17, 2017—Columbus, Ohio

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

Great solutions often lie beyond convention. Consider that most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structure yet very few are, meaning that few take advantage of the speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact associated with wood construction. Many assume the tradition of concrete and steel offices was born of necessity, when in fact wood can accommodate space and performance needs of an office occupancy. 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.

Designing Modern Wood Schools: A Guide for Architects and Structural Engineers

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers who are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame schools. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to school performance criteria such as durability, fire and life safety, and allowable building size will be discussed. Schools space planning needs will be highlighted as will construction type selection and opportunities for wood use. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will also be covered, along with options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. With an emphasis on budget, this course will present designers with the information necessary to utilize wood framing as a cost savings tool.

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


Webinar — Rational Design Methods for Shear Walls with Openings

May 17, 2017—10am PST

ust as structural engineers often need solutions that ‘do more with less,’ so do modern wood-frame buildings—and shear walls are no exception. With more openings and larger lateral forces, segmented shear wall approaches do not always produce the most efficient structural design. Through live calculation examples, this presentation will introduce and compare rational analysis methods for designing shear walls with openings.

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


OSU Wood Design Workshop

May 17-18, 2017—Portland, Oregon

Participants will be exposed to two days of wood design regulation, code, and specifications. There will also be sessions on wind and seismic design provisions and in-depth information on cross-laminated timber in both Europe and the US.

12 AIA HSW/LUs and 1.2 ICC CEUs available


Mid-Rise Design: Opportunity and Implentation

May 23, 2017—Syracuse, 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

May 24, 2017—Houston, 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.


Webinar — Lateral Design Considerations for Mid-Rise Structures

June 7, 2017—10am PST

This presentation will focus on important engineering considerations related to the lateral design of multi-story wood buildings. Implementation of a well-considered design requires an understanding of diaphragm and shear wall flexibility and their effects on the horizontal distribution of forces through the structure. In mid-rise/multi-family buildings, corridor-only shear walls are becoming popular as a way to eliminate exterior shear walls. The design issues this creates will be addressed, as will the unique load distribution and flexibility considerations associated with tall shear walls.

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


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

June 7, 2017—Miami Lakes, Florida
June 8, 2017—Tampa, Florida

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.


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

June 14, 2017—Richmond Heights, Missouri

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.


Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies"

June 20, 2017—Plano, Texas
June 21, 2017—Austin, Texas
June 22, 2017—San Antonio, Texas
June 23, 2017—Houston, Texas

Led by experts in wood science and building enclosures, this seminar focuses on the effects of moisture on wood as a building material, as well as design considerations and best practices associated with detailing for durable wood structures. Beginning with a review of relevant wood science, the first half focuses on how wood is affected by moisture, how moisture travels through wood, and wood’s relationship with humidity and liquid water. The second half focuses on wood-frame assemblies for walls, low-slope roofs, and balconies. Details and case studies will be used to illustrate detailing best practices for these locations to provide moisture protection while allowing evaporation, with the goal of achieving maximum durability. Topics will include ventilation, placement of control layers, dew point location, and lessons learned from past balcony issues.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH 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.