Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps (WoodWorks)

March 3, 2020—Boston, MA
March 17, 2020—Washington, DC
March 18, 2020—Baltimore, MD
March 19, 2020—Philadelphia, PA

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Mass Timber and Wood-Frame Construction: Design Best Practices (WoodWorks)

March 3, 2020—Lexington, KY
March 4, 2020—Louisville, KY
March 17, 2020—Indianapolis, IN

Part I: Introduction to Wood: Design Best Practices—This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood‐frame construction. Design and detailing best practices will be explained to highlight factors that play important roles in the construction process and ultimate building performance. Discussion will also include optimal framing layouts, spacings and spans, truss design considerations, connection detailing and load path continuity.
Part II: Introducing CLT: New Opportunities for Timber Construction—Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light‐ and heavy‐timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code‐related considerations will also be discussed.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

An Engineers Guide to Mass Timber Structures: Simplifying Design Steps and Connection Details (WoodWorks)

March 3, 2020—Nashville, TN
March 4, 2020—Atlanta, GA
March 5, 2020—Charlotte, NC

This workshop will provide a detailed look at structural design processes associated with mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT), and glued-laminated timber (glulam). Using built project examples, discussion will start with an overview of common systems and their applications and code context. While construction types and fire-resistance ratings aren’t commonly the domain of structural engineers, they are increasingly so with mass timber projects, as an understanding of these topics can help engineers provide more effective solutions. Discussion will then shift to gravity and lateral load-resisting system design. Topics will include out-of-plane design of floor and roof panels, emphasizing limit states that typically control design: vibration and deflection. Structural fire engineering will be addressed, as will connection design and detailing, and the importance of considering a number of criteria when selecting a connection detail (aesthetics, shrinkage, fire, constructability, cost). Use of mass timber in lateral force-resisting systems will then be reviewed, with primary focus on mass timber diaphragms, chords, connection details and diaphragm deflection calculations considering flexibility vs. rigidity. Finally, options for vertical lateral force-resisting systems in mass timber buildings will be discussed in the context of hybrid options, mass timber options, and upcoming code changes that further recognize mass timber as a code-compliant lateral force-resisting system.

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

A Design Example of a Wood Cantilever Diaphragm (WoodWorks)

March 4, 2020—San Luis Obispo, CA
March 18, 2020—San Diego, CA
April 8, 2020—Tampa, FL
April 9, 2020—Winter Park, FL

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. Although it will focus on seismic design of these conditions, comparison of wind and seismic design methods will also be covered.

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

Designing Larger Wood Buildings: Mid-Rise and Mass Timber (WoodWorks)

March 12, 2020—Fort Collins, CO

Part I: Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design—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.
Part II: The Evolution of Mid-Rise Design: Increasing Opportunities with Wood—The expanding use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is allowing architects to creatively achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood can effectively meet code requirements while adding value and enabling the need for increased density in urban environments. Increasingly, wood buildings of five, six and more stories 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 project examples, this session will illustrate trends in both residential and commercial mid-rise buildings. Topics will include current code allowances that offer opportunities for taller buildings, design strategies for improved building performance and code-compliant options for meeting fire and life safety requirements.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Type III Fire-Resistant Design + New Tall Wood Code Provisions (WoodWorks)

March 17, 2020—Santa Rosa, CA
March 19, 2020—Mountain View, CA

Part I: Type III Fire-Resistant Design and Detailing: Exterior Walls, Intersections and Balconiess—A trend toward larger mid-rise wood-frame buildings has more designers seeking information on fire resistant detailing. This presentation will focus on common detailing issues and areas of misunderstanding related to exterior walls and their intersection with rated floor 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.
Part II: New Tall Wood Code Provisions: Understanding Advanced Design Topics—In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Based on these proposals, the 2021 IBC will include three new construction types—Type IV-A, IV-B and IV-C—allowing the use of mass timber or noncombustible materials. These new types are based on the previous Heavy Timber construction type (renamed Type IV-HT) but with additional fire-resistance ratings and levels of required noncombustible protection. This presentation will take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include tall-wood specific high rise and sprinkler requirements, methods of demonstrating fire-resistance ratings, fire design for penetrations, connections and abutting panels, allowances for exposed timber, exterior walls, concealed spaces and more.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Mass Timber Construction Management + the Future of Tall Wood (WoodWorks)

March 18, 2020—Richmond Heights, MO
March 19, 2020—Cincinnati, OH
March 31, 2020—Overland Park, KS
March 31, 2020—Madison, WI

Part I: Mass Timber Construction Management: Economics, Logistics & Risk Analysis—How do contractors answer the increasing demand for mass timber buildings from architects and ownership groups? Growing this budding industry requires an understanding from both designers and seasoned construction professionals of how to construct efficiently, navigate jurisdictions new to mass timber, and manage the procurement risks to deliver the dream of a new and optimized building system. This session will introduce mass timber products and building systems then consider why some mass timber projects never pass the concept stage, what can mitigate risk and improve financial feasibility, and how the development, architectural, engineering, and construction community can achieve success with mass timber projects of various scales and typologies. Particular emphasis will be given to preconstruction coordination, holistic approaches to costing and scheduling studies, project delivery methods, and how to achieve the highest level of cost efficiency.
Part II: Exploring Tall Wood New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures—As interest in and use of mass timber in the U.S. has grown, so too has interest in pushing these timber structures to greater heights. Using international examples of successful tall wood buildings as precedent, some designers have proposed tall wood projects in the states using a project-specific performance-based design approach. In order to provide a uniform set of code provisions for these tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Those code changes were announced as approved in January 2019 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out (WoodWorks)

March 18, 2020—Waltham, MA
March 27, 2020—Portland, OR
April 8, 2020—Elk Grove, IL

Innovations in mass timber construction are offering new opportunities for the building industry. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) combine multiple laminations of lumber to produce solid timber elements such as floor and wall panels, beams, and columns. These elements have high strength-to-weight ratios, allowing them to replace more traditional construction materials while providing sustainable systems that can meet code criteria for acoustics, fire-resistance, seismic performance, energy efficiency, and more. However, while design and code aspects of mass timber receive a great deal of focus, it is the construction aspects that often decide whether a project goes forward. Mass timber construction has similarities to other systems, but it also has unique attributes—and a complete understanding of the differences is key to efficient project cost estimation and efficient construction. This in-depth, multi-faceted workshop will explore mass timber from design through preconstruction, fabrication, erection, and project close-out. After setting the stage with an overview of mass timber products and sustainability attributes, discussion will focus on construction topics, including risk analysis, cost case studies design team interaction, cost optimization, scheduling, site planning, and other logistics. Intended for construction industry professionals looking to gain a deep understanding of the unique attributes of mass timber construction, this workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.

Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6 PDH credits or 0.6 ICC credits.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

Midwest Wood Design Symposium

March 11, 2020—Chicago, IL

Building design and construction communities in Chicago and the greater Midwest are facing an unprecedented confluence of factors driving change. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. At the same time, building codes are evolving in significant ways to recognize new materials and technologies that allow wood-frame and mass timber buildings at heights and scales previously unattainable. Nationally, the next published version of the International Building Code (IBC) will introduce three new mass timber construction types that allow up to 18-story timber buildings, while Chicago is undergoing its first extensive building code update in over 70 years. In response to these changes, the U.S. trend toward innovative wood construction is especially pronounced in the Midwest.
This symposium will bring together the design and construction communities to discuss projects that are pushing the edge of what’s possible, codes that are evolving to allow this, and the design and details necessary to make it all work. A dynamic mix of speakers and panel topics will make this an engaging and thought-provoking educational event that designers, developers and contractors won’t want to miss. A combination of inspirational context and practical design knowledge will be shared in order to equip attendees with the know-how to utilize innovative wood systems in the Midwest and beyond.

Attendees can earn up to 6.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6.0 PDH credits, or 0.6 ICC credits.

2020 International Mass Timber Conference

March 24–26, 2020—Portland, OR

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 construction. Over 1,500 experts from 28 countries attended in 2019.

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.


Engineering the First 6-over-2 Podium Building in the U.S. (WoodWorks)

March 11, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

While five-story wood buildings are increasingly common, 1430 Q in Sacramento is the first building in the U.S. to include six stories of wood-frame construction over a two-level concrete podium. Intended primarily for engineers, this presentation will explore the structural design challenges associated with this unique mixed-use project—including connection of the wood structure to the concrete podium, and lateral system design. It will also provide insight into the alternate means process that was necessary for project approval, including questions and concerns raised by the City of Sacramento and how they were resolved.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Mass Timber Enables Beauty, Warmth and Functional Design in The Soto (WoodWorks)

April 8, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

At six stories and 140,000 square feet, The Soto is a model of sustainable design. Developed by Hixon Properties, it is the first phase of an 8.5-acre mixed-use area in San Antonio that will include food and beverage, entertainment, office, apartment, and retail. The primary design direction was to provide a unique and beautiful workplace that appeals to tenants, is highly flexible, and incorporates technologies that make the building operationally efficient and sustainable. Mass timber helped achieve many of these objectives. In this presentation, the architects will share valuable insights and lessons learned from the design and permitting phases of this under construction project. The Soto, Spanish for a “grove of trees” or “small forest,” represents the building’s material origin and its location a stone’s throw from the San Antonio River.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Hybrid Mass Timber + Steel at the Rhode Island School of Design Residence Hall (WoodWorks)

May 13, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

The Quad, a new 6-story residence hall on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design, is the first major student housing project in New England to be constructed using a hybrid cross-laminated timber and steel structural system. In this presentation, the structural engineer will provide an overview of the project—from the process used to evaluate options for the superstructure and reasons why mass timber was chosen, to the resulting code path, and aspects of the design, such as fire-resistance and differential movement, that are unique to this type of structure. The use of integrated project delivery will also be discussed, highlighting the collaboration required between design team, fabricators and on-site installation in order to achieve the project’s goals.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Sound Solutions: Designing for Acoustics in Wood Structures (WoodWorks)

August 12, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Noise control in buildings such as apartments, schools, and offices plays an important role in tenant satisfaction. Selecting an effective wall or floor/ceiling assembly is important—and necessary for proper design—but it’s just one of several considerations. Covering both light wood-frame and mass timber structures, this presentation will provide a top to bottom approach to achieving sound acoustical performance. Topics will include code requirements and owner expectations, tested assemblies vs. calculated performance, exterior noise, interior noise reverberation, structural and fire-resistance related components, detailing to avoid flanking paths, and installation best practices.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Modular Wood-Frame for Multi-Family: Design, Details and Delivery (WoodWorks)

September 9, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Modular construction is touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address skilled labor shortages, 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. Presented by a modular design expert from Seattle, this webinar will take a close look at modular wood-frame multi-family projects, with an emphasis on detailing. Due to the unique fabrication, delivery and installation aspects of modular buildings, coordination of detailing and inspections is a must, and this presentation will explain how communication among all parties leads to project success. Other topics will include sourcing techniques and the resulting effects on quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide: A New Resource for Engineers (WoodWorks)

October 14, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

This webinar introduces a new resource developed to address a gap in available knowledge: the U.S. Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide. The decision to use mass timber floors over competing materials is largely driven by economics. In almost all floor applications, the design of the mass timber panels and framing is determined by limiting the floor vibrations perceived by occupants (or sensitive equipment) to acceptable levels. While it is widely recognized that floor vibration design has a significant impact on cost, there has been little information on how to cost-effectively design mass timber floors for vibration. In addition to introducing the design guide and its contents, this webinar will cover the range of mass timber panel products used for floors, as well as design methodologies, and example calculations.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

Enclosure Design for Mass Timber Buildings (WoodWorks)

November 11, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Larger and taller mass timber buildings are becoming common in North America. These buildings typically utilize cross-laminated timber or nail-laminated timber panels, glulam beams and columns, and new engineered timber components to meet the structural and fire requirements associated with greater heights. With these larger wood structures and heavier timber components comes the need for efficient building enclosure assemblies that can be installed quickly on tight sites and are in many cases new and unique to the industry. Prefabricated building enclosure elements are now also commonly used. This presentation shares guidance on building enclosure design and detailing best practices for mass timber buildings. It includes case studies and lessons learned from the design, construction, and monitoring of enclosures for recently completed projects.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).