Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

Structural Engineering for Modern Wood Projects: Vibration, Shrinkage, and Off-Site Fabricated Components

December 4, 2018—Englewood, Colorado
December 5, 2018—Berkeley, California
December 6, 2018—Los Angeles, California

As construction techniques, materials, and owner/occupant expectations continually evolve, so must the structural engineer’s approach to project design. This workshop brings together three experts to discuss areas of multi-family and commercial structural wood design that are often misunderstood. First, a WoodWorks expert will discuss best practices for designing wood-frame floors for vibration and accommodating wood shrinkage in multi-story structures, with a focus on design resources and effective detailing. Next, a wood truss and component manufacturing consultant will highlight the Structural Engineer of Record’s role in metal plate-connected wood truss design. Topics will include rules of thumb and best practices for design of trusses including preliminary depths, bracing requirements and coordination between the design team and truss manufacturer. Finally, a structural engineer with expertise in modular and panelized wood design will examine the unique structural considerations for these systems and the differences in design approach from traditional, on-site construction methods.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


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

December 4, 2018—Tampa, Florida
December 5, 2018—Winter Park, Florida

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


The Evolution of Building Design: Mass Timber, Mid-Rise + Beyond

December 4, 2018—New Orleans, Louisiana

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.

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

December 6, 2018—Schaumburg, Illinois

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


Symposiums and Meetings

21st Century Wood Technology

January 7–8, 2019—Starkville, Mississippi

See cutting-edge research in forest products, network with others and meet researchers and student researchers at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Section of the Forest Products Society, held at Mississippi State University in Starkville. This conference is designed for those who seek to position themselves strategically in the wood products industry by improving their knowledge and staying abreast of the latest developments in CLT, wood durability, composites, panel products, lumber, furniture and other aspects of forest products. This conference is also a good venue to meet forest products students who will be superior leaders in the future.

Webinars

Construction Fire Safety Best Practices

December 4, 2018—1:55pm - 3:30pm EST

This program provides information on best practices to assist the Fire Service charged with responsibilities for fire and life safety on a construction site. Builders and building officials will also benefit from the information provided. The purpose is to reduce the risk of injuries and losses from fire. The information applies to the design and planning stages as well as the actual construction phase of buildings. Many hazards can be addressed before they become an issue by adoption of best practices and rigorous code enforcement. The primary focus of this program is on large buildings during construction. Other topics that include demolition, alterations, renovations, repair and maintenance, as well as newly-completed buildings will be discussed. This program provides guidance that is based on compliance with Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Fire Code, Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Building Code, and NFPA Standards 1 and 241.

Equivalencies: 1.5 Hour of Instruction = 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1.5 Learning Units (LU)


Modular Construction: Tomorrows Multi-Family Buildings at Todays Price

December 12, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

While construction methods have generally remained constant for decades, designers, developers and contractors continually look for ways to build faster, safer and better—for less. Modular construction has been touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address the lack of skilled labor, and reduce jobsite waste. However, some architects and engineers are hesitant to embrace the modular approach because they don’t want their designs to be compromised, and they don’t think it has the flexibility or functionality to execute certain project typologies. However, as modular design has become more common, it has also grown nimbler. With an emphasis on multi-family and commercial projects, this webinar will explore the design implications of offsite wood-frame construction for architects and engineers. Particular focus will be given to modular components, including trends, benefits and design and detailing techniques that help teams realize the full benefits afforded by these systems.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.


University of Arkansas Mass Timber Residence Halls: Design and Construction Insights

January 9, 2019—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

At over 202,000 square feet, Stadium Drive at the University of Arkansas is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall project. Framed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and roof panels and glued-laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams, the project creates a vibrant new destination with retail dining, classrooms, maker-spaces, performance spaces, communal spaces, administrative offices, and faculty housing, along with a mix of semi-suites and pods totaling 708 beds. Presented by the project manager, this webinar will provide insights gained from the design and construction of this project, including building official review and code approval, inter-disciplinary coordination, shop drawings, construction sequencing and field modifications. This session will equip attendees with the knowledge required to approach the design and construction administration phase of innovative CLT buildings.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.