Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

January 23, 2019—Missoula, Montana

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 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credits or 0.15 ICC credits.

Modern Mass Timber Buildings: Design Skills for Architects & Engineers

February 13, 2019—Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. As it transitions from novelty to mainstream, many architects and engineers are finding they need a deeper understanding of the unique design considerations associated with this new construction type. Intended to provide practical knowledge that can be applied to projects, this workshop focuses on four key mass timber design topics: fire resistance—with an emphasis on cross-laminated timber, including char calculations and fire-resistance ratings; building enclosure detailing and best practices; structural performance—including design processes for mass timber products in gravity force-resisting systems; and the construction process, with a focus on pre-construction planning and coordination between design team, manufacturer and contractor.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits.

Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

February 13, 2019—Scottsdale, Arizona

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Seismic Design of a Wood Cantilever, Open-Front Diaphragm

February 12, 2019—Sacramento, California
February 13, 2019—Berkeley, California
February 14, 2019—Denver, Colorado

Designers of modern low-rise and mid-rise multi-family buildings often face challenges due to fewer opportunities for shear walls at exterior wall lines (e.g., more glass and larger openings), increased building heights, and multi-story shear wall effects. While corridor-only shear walls are becoming more popular to address the lack of adequate exterior shear walls, methods of analysis for open-front structures are also evolving to reflect more complex building geometries. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidance on how to analyze an open-front or corridor-only shear wall diaphragm, and help engineers better understand flexibility issues associated with these types of structures.

The techniques and examples covered in this presentation are intended to demonstrate one method of analysis. It is anticipated that this information will serve as guidance for designers to consider and refine their own methods and techniques.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits.

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

February 20, 2019—Little Rock, Arkansas
February 21, 2019—Bentonville, Arkansas

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Diaphragms, Detailing and Fire-Resistance: Addressing Common Questions in Mid-Rise Wood Buildings

March 6, 2019—Honolulu, Hawaii

Intended for architects and structural engineers seeking a deeper understanding of advanced design and detailing topics related to mid-rise wood-frame structures, including those using treated lumber, this workshop will cover design principles, methodologies and the details that make code compliance possible on these types of structures. Beginning with fire resistance, this presentation will address 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. Structural lateral design topics will include irregular diaphragm design examples, diaphragm and shear wall flexibility issues, how to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity, and lateral design considerations for mid-rise structures.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

Southeast Wood Design Symposium

February 28, 2019—Birmingham, Alabama

A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits, or 0.4 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

International Mass Timber Conference

March 19–21, 2019—Portland, Oregon

The International Mass Timber Conference is the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, with a special focus on manufacturing and mid- to high-rise construction. Over 1,200 experts from 22 countries attended in 2018.

Explore the supply chain for cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam beams and panels, mass plywood panels, dowel-laminated timber, and laminated veneer lumber; and the opportunities and obstacles for mass timber in global manufacturing and construction.

Structural Plywood and Veneer-Based Composites Short Course

March 27–28, 2019—Corvallis, Oregon

This two-day event will provide a comprehensive look at the basics of producing high-quality structural plywood and LVL. Industry professionals will introduce processes, equipment and technology used in manufacturing. University instructors will build upon this information with relatable knowledge about wood material science, adhesives, the basics of mechanical testing, and lean manufacturing. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of key manufacturing processes and be better prepared to analyze problems through improved knowledge and troubleshooting skills. Hands-on activities and an evening reception will give participants an opportunity to connect with other industry professionals and instructors.

Introduction to Structural Design Of Wood Buildings Per the 2018 NDS

May 21–22, 2019—Blacksburg, Virginia

This course is designed for individuals who never had the opportunity to learn wood design basics in a university-level course, but are involved in the design, construction, and inspection of wood buildings. The primary focus and objective of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2018 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction.

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


Taking Wood to the Next Level—CLT as a Floor or Roof Element

January 17, 2019—Morning and afternoon sessions

An overview of 2018 International Building Code (IBC)and 2018 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction provisions related to the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT)will be provided that includes a step-by-step structural and fire design example for a roof and floor application. Additionally, the WoodWorks® Design Office’s Sizer program, version 12 (released January 2019) which enables CLT floor and roof design, will be used to demonstrate the structural design. Innovative wood products such as CLT are leading to a resurgence in heavy timber (Type IV) design and construction. These innovations are also making it possible for wood to be designed and built to taller heights and larger areas than what current codes permit. This has led to code change proposals for the 2021 IBC, expanding Type IV construction for tall “mass timber” buildings. Participants should find this presentation useful for current and future applications utilizing CLT in horizontal assemblies.

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

Now Approved: Understanding the IBC Tall Wood Code Provisions

February 13, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Here’s your chance for an in-depth overview of the newly approved code provisions, including allowable heights and areas, fire-resistance ratings, allowances for exposing the timber structure and/or encapsulating with non-combustible materials, options for utilizing concealed spaces and more. Whether you’re a developer/owner, building designer or contractor, this session will provide the information you need to start pursuing innovative tall wood projects.

Attendees can qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit, or 0.1 ICC credit by attending a live webinar. Webinar recordings are not eligible for credit.

Seattle Mass Timber Tower: Envisioning 12 Stories of Wood

March 13, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

Building on the momentum of the new code change approvals, a team of industry leaders developed a design, engineering and cost feasibility study to serve as an example for the design of a 12-story mixed-use mass timber tower in Seattle. This presentation will explore that project, which utilizes Type IV-B Construction and required 2-hour fire-resistant ratings for primary frame, bearing walls and floors. Standing 214 feet tall, the mixed-use program for this project includes street-level retail, five floors of commercial offices, and a 192-key hotel on the top six floors.

Attendees can qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit, or 0.1 ICC credit by attending a live webinar. Webinar recordings are not eligible for credit.