Seminars & Webinars

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

March 28, 2017—Hartford, Connecticut
April 22, 2017—Columbiana, Alabama
April 25, 2017—Buffalo, New York
May 11, 2017—Atlanta, Georgia

The March 14, 2017 session in Hartford, Connecticut has been rescheduled to March 28, 2017 due to weather. 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.


Diaphragms and Shear Walls with Offsets and Openings

March 28, 2017—North Miami, Florida
March 29, 2017—Tampa, Florida
March 30, 2017—Orlando, Florida

The structural configurations of modern buildings often require complex lateral load paths that incorporate multiple horizontal and vertical offsets, multiple irregularities and fewer lateral-resisting elements. This presentation will provide a review of methods of analysis that can be used to address openings and offsets that now commonly occur in wood-frame diaphragms and shear walls. Topics will include diaphragms with horizontal offsets and large openings and shear walls with offsets and openings.

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


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

March 30, 2017—Marlborough, Massachusetts

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.

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


Design Considerations for durable Wood Structures & High Winds

April 5, 2017—New Orleans, Louisiana

Design Considerations for Durable Wood Structures

With proper design, detailing and specification, wood structures can provide long and useful service lives while also offering a reduced environmental footprint. The key is careful planning and understanding of environmental loads and other external factors likely to impact a building over its lifetime. This presentation provides an overview of considerations related to durable wood design, including moisture management techniques, preservative treatment specification, and details for controlling termites.

Designing Wood-Frame Structures For High Winds

Wood framing is conducive to meeting the challenges of wind-resistive design. Among its characteristics, wood can carry substantially greater maximum loads for short durations of time as is the case in high-wind events. Wood buildings also tend to include multiple and often redundant load paths for resistance to wind forces. This presentation will cover the design of a building’s wind-resisting system, including wind load calculations, diaphragms, shear walls and collectors. Load path continuity will be discussed, as will unique design considerations for designing wood-frame structures to resist uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane wind loads. Design examples will be presented to illustrate relevant design procedures and detailing best practices.

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


Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS

April 10-12, 2017—Blacksburg, Virginia

This course will focus on practical code-conforming design of wood structures based on provisions of the 2015 NDS and other AWC standards. At the beginning of the course, we will review the structural design properties of lumber, the derivation of allowable design stresses, and safety factors that are involved in the design process. We will design simple framing elements showing what factors apply to the allowable design properties of lumber and timbers and explain why the various factors apply to a design situation."

Participants will receive a certificate from Virginia Tech for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.


Structural Design for Wind Loads: An Overview of Engineering Considerations for Wood Buildings

April 11, 2017—Chicago, Illinois
April 12, 2017—Schaumburg, Illinois
April 13, 2017—Oak Brook, Illinois

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.

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


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

April 11, 2017—San Diego, California
April 12, 2017—Anaheim, California

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 — Practical Design Methods for Diaphragms with Openings

April 12, 2017—10 am PST

It is common for the building code and related standards to require analysis and detailing for various aspects of design without providing guidance on approach. An example is how to address diaphragm openings that occur every day in wood-frame building design. When do openings require detailed analysis? What if an opening exists at one edge/end of the diaphragm? Through live calculation examples, this presentation will help engineers and structural designers determine when detailed analysis is necessary, introduce and compare two methods of analysis, and translate the analysis into practical detailing considerations.

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


Webinar — Primer for the Use of Cross-laminated Timber (DES440)

April 20, 2017—10:55am PST

Increased availability of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in North America, combined with successful use in projects worldwide, has generated interest in its properties and performance within the U.S. design community. With the inclusion of CLT in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction, curiosity is evolving throughout the construction industry to use CLT in projects. Applications for the use of CLT include roof and floor systems as well as wall systems.

Education credits will be awarded.


Mid-Rise and Beyond + Introducing CLT

April 20, 2017—Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is innovative in its ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the issue of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant urban environments. A renewable resource, it can also help meet the sustainability requirements of even the most stringent green building rating systems, while offering the additional benefit of carbon sequestration. The innovative use of wood is in fact changing the skyline. Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of case studies, this session will showcase recently completed projects that illustrate this trend. Topics will include current code allowances for mid-rise wood buildings, design strategies and environmental performance. Discussion will also touch on the international trend toward even taller wood buildings, made possible by emerging research and the development of advanced wood products and technologies.

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


Innovations in Wood Design: Trends for a Sustainable Future

April 25, 2017—Duluth, Minnesota
April 27, 2017—Rochester, Minnesota

This program will review innovative wood products and examine how the use of wood as a structural material in buildings positively impacts their carbon footprint. Attendees will learn about North American forests, effects of harvesting practices over the past 100 years and how responsible forest management can lead to positive environmental impacts. A case study on the Aspen Art Museum will also be presented exploring the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design. Cross laminated timber (CLT) framing systems and details incorporating its use will also be reviewed, along with historical context, project examples and benefits of use. Local innovative wood design and construction projects will also be featured during the workshop!

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


Design Considerations for Durable Wood Structures

May 3, 2017—Oakland, California

With proper design, detailing and specification, wood structures can provide long and useful service lives while also offering a reduced environmental footprint. The key is careful planning and understanding of environmental loads and other external factors likely to impact a building over its lifetime. This presentation provides an overview of considerations related to durable wood design, including moisture management techniques, preservative treatment specification, and details for controlling termites.

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

May 9, 2017—Washington, DC
May 10, 2017—Baltimore, Maryland
May 11, 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

May 10, 2017—Jacksonville, Florida
May 11, 2017—Orlando, Florida
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.


The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

May 10, 2017—Las Vegas, Nevada
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.


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.


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.

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.