Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

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

November 19, 2019—Seattle, WA
November 20, 2019—Portland, OR

Explore two of the biggest topics trending in wood building design with this combined seminar: Larger Mid-Rise—Fire-resistant design and detailing of exterior walls, intersections and balconies in Type III buildings (up to 6 stories of wood, with or without a podium) and New Code Provisions—Three new tall wood construction types, options for exposing mass timber and design options.

Whether you’re considering a larger wood building than you’ve designed before or exploring the use of wood in a new building type, this seminar covers practical information that can help you be successful. We’ll answer questions we commonly receive through our help desk, show you the opportunities, point out potential challenges and provide solutions that help simplify the design process.

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

Larger Wood Structures: Practical Design Concepts for Mid-Rise + CLT (WoodWorks)

November 20, 2019—Cincinnati, OH

Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood Structures
With an 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.

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.

Is Wood-Frame Modular the Future of Multi-Family Construction? (WoodWorks)

November 20, 2019—Sacramento, CA
November 21, 2019—San Francisco, CA

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 modular design experts from the west coast, this workshop will take a close look at modular wood-frame multi-family projects in particular. First, a Seattle-based architect will examine unique design considerations, detailing and sourcing techniques, and review the advantages and challenges of the design/delivery process. A California-based building enclosure consultant will then offer insights on the building enclosure functions of heat, air, and moisture control in wood-frame buildings, and apply these concepts to the realities of modular construction. Lastly, a structural engineer will focus on unique structural design considerations and constraints associated with modular projects, including load transfer, interfacing with manufacturers, construction sequence coordination, and third-party structural inspections.

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)

December 3, 2019—Missoula, MT
December 5, 2019—Scottsdale, AZ

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.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.

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

December 11, 2019—Falls Church, VA

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 8 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 8 PDH credits or 0.8 ICC credits.

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

December 12, 2019—Elk Grove, IL

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.

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps: 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.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

Southern California Wood Design Symposium

November 13, 2019—Long Beach, CA

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 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures (AWC)

November 21, 2019—10:55 am–12:30 pm EST
November 21, 2019—1:55 pm–3:30 pm EST

It is fairly common for light wood-frame commercial and multifamily buildings to include another material for the shaft construction. However, many designers and contractors have come to realize that wood-frame shaft walls are a code-compliant means of reducing cost and shortening construction schedule. In this presentation, detailing for elevator, stair and mechanical shafts will be reviewed along with relevant code provisions. Discussion will focus on fire resistance-rated design parameters but will also include other architectural and structural considerations related to shaft walls. Code provisions of the 2012 to 2018 International Building Code are applicable. Learning objectives include: 1. Review fire resistance-rated code provisions relevant to wood shaft wall design; 2. Introduce shaft wall assembly types, evaluating their applicability to elevator, stair and mechanical shafts; 3. Provide detailing options that establish fire resistance continuity at framing intersections; and 4. Recognize structural design considerations for stair and elevator shafts.

Equivalencies: 1 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) = 1 Learning Unit (LU).

Shear Exhilaration

December 10, 2019—10:00–11:00 am PST

APA's Bob Kuserk, PE, will provide a top-to-bottom overview of lateral design for wood-framed structures with a focus on shear walls. As a result of this training, participants will understand load path continuity and shear wall performance, including design methodologies for shear walls. Examples from post-disaster evaluations will illustrate common failure modes, and methods and outcomes of various designs of wood structural panel shear walls will be compared. Participants will also be introduced to installation considerations that may affect performance and how to address these issues proactively. The force transfer around openings method will be covered as well. AIA and ICC credits are available.

Passive House at the Jobsite: Cost, Inspections, and the Designer-Builder Relationship (WoodWorks)

December 11, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

The design principles associated with passive house construction are well documented. Core aspects such as continuous air barriers, heat recovery/fresh air ventilation, and minimizing thermal barriers are being used in multi-family passive house projects to achieve extreme operational energy efficiency. However, proper construction practices are key to achieving expected performance. Presented by a Northeast-based contractor with extensive passive house experience, this webinar will examine the cost and construction of wood-frame, multi-family projects in particular. Topics will include cost differences between traditional and passive house construction, communication aspects that are critical to success, testing and inspections, design details that translate to buildable projects, and lessons learned from the jobsite.

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