Spring 2023

APA Designers Circle News

Highlights from this Month's e-Newsletter


On-Demand Webinar: Frame it Right! Back to Basics for Big Buildings

Frame it Right! webinar

The demand for commercial and multifamily construction is soaring, and the framing industry is expanding to meet this demand. A well-built frame is critical to the quality and longevity of a structure. APA’s recently updated Frame it Right! Back to Basics for Big Buildings webinar offers guidelines for framing large buildings correctly and avoiding common pitfalls. Having visited hundreds of job sites, APA has identified the most common wood construction framing errors found in today’s nonresidential buildings. This on-demand webinar examines the consequences of these framing mistakes from the ground up and offers practical solutions and handy resources for avoiding typical issues. Now available to view on-demand in English and Spanish.

AIA and ICC credits available.


Tips for Training

Looking for additional framer training resources? Inexperienced framers often need help understanding the basics of building with engineered wood. APA's collection of builder tips illustrates several framing basics, such as spacing wood structural panels 1/8 of an inch, with visuals and clear, brief explanations. These can be particularly useful during site visits. Some tips are available in Spanish as well. See APA's mobile-friendly Builder Tips collection.
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Want to Learn More?

Interested in more on framing big buildings? On-site training may be available in your area. Contact APA’s Field Services for more information.


Register now for our upcoming Wood Structural Panels as an Air Barrier webinar. This webinar describes the advantages of using continuous wood structural panel (WSP) wall sheathing as part of an air barrier and air barrier system. Participants will learn different characteristics and installation methods used in residential markets and see examples of successful and unsuccessful systems with side-by-side comparisons. CEUs available.

Getting Technical

New and Updated CAD Details

Updated APA Engineered Wood CAD details

Nearly 200 new and updated computer-aided design (CAD) details for wood-frame construction are now available for download from APA’s online Resource Library. For building designers and construction professionals, these details incorporate recommendations and requirements gleaned from decades of APA research and cover a wide array of construction assemblies. Browse details by topic, assembly or publication. Each detail is available as a DWG or RVT (2D) file and has an accompanying PDF for easier perusal.

Inside the Circle

Meet Warren Hamrick

APA Engineered Wood Specialist Warren HamrickServing the southeastern United States, Warren consults with and conducts workshops for designers, code officials and other building professionals on best practices for specification, selection and application of engineered wood products. Warren graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Before joining APA, Warren worked as a project manager for a structural engineering firm specializing in commercial construction.

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