Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)

August 22–26, 2016—Vienna, Austria
WCTE is the world's premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. WCTE is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biannually in different parts of the world and attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents.


2016 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

September 14—Houston, Texas
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


Timber Processing and Energy Expo

September 28–30—Portland, Oregon
An event for those in the lumber, plywood, engineered wood products and wood-to-energy industries.


2016 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

October 13—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest & Biobased Products Industries

October 24–26—St. Simons, Georgia

A forum dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and research on process technologies, quality control and process improvement for forest and bio-based products manufacturing. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented. It provides excellent networking between scientists and industry including researchers, operations managers, technical and business managers. Jointly organized by the Timber Construction Department—Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Forest Products Society.


2016 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Orlando, Florida
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting

November 5–7, 2016—Bonita Springs, Florida

Seminars

Wood Revolution and Design Trends (WoodWorks)

July 19—Columbus, Ohio
July 20—Woodmere, Ohio
July 21—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems
There is a quiet revolution going on in Europe and Canada—a revolution that is changing the way US architects view structural wood building systems. As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Architects in Europe are already using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems. Case study examples of modern innovative projects in Canada, Australia and Europe will demonstrate how to use and apply these products and systems. Make no mistake—these examples are not your grandfather’s traditional heavy-timber-style buildings. These are creative, imaginative structures designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits. By showing how architects in other parts of the world are pushing the boundaries, we hope to help designers in the U.S. become inspired to blend structure back into architecture using mass timber and other wood systems.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools
Through a series of case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how schools districts across the US have shown leadership in their choice of structural material and imagination in their building designs to achieve both performance and cost objectives. The choice of materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment- which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood frame schools.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mid-Rise Design: Opportunity and Implementation (WoodWorks)

July 28—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
August 11—New Orleans, Louisiana
September 13—Portland, Maine
As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the challenge of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant and sustainable communities. Yet many familiar with the design of two- to four-story wood structures are not aware that the International Building Code allows five stories and more of wood-frame construction for residential uses such as student, senior and affordable housing, and for business, mercantile and military occupancies. Through an overview of design, detailing, and construction considerations, this presentation is intended to give architects and engineers the confidence to break into this growing market segment. Heights and areas will be discussed, including allowable increases, as will fire-resistive design, detailing for performance, shrinkage, structural framing, acoustics, and fire-rated assemblies.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Designing Wood-Frame Structures for High Winds (WoodWorks)

August 2—Coral Gables, Florida
August 3—Tampa, Florida
Wood framing is conducive to meeting the challenges of wind-resistive design. Among its characteristics, wood can carry substantially greater maximum loads for short durations of time as is the case in high-wind events. Wood buildings also tend to include multiple and often redundant load paths for resistance to wind forces. This presentation will cover the design of a building’s wind-resisting system, including wind load calculations, diaphragms, shear walls and collectors. Load path continuity will be discussed, as will unique design considerations for designing wood-frame structures to resist uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane wind loads. Design examples will be presented to illustrate relevant design procedures and detailing best practices.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood Structures (WoodWorks)

August 9—Salt Lake City, Utah
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.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

August 9—Nashville, Tennessee
August 10—Atlanta, Georgia
August 11—Charlotte, North Carolina
Intended for structural engineers or architects who would like a deeper understanding of advanced shear wall and diaphragm principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at wood-frame shear wall designs commonly used for non-residential and multi-family low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Topics will also include: a brief discussion on diaphragm irregularities and the detailing required to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity; a review of the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood frame shear walls; a new method of analysis for a shear wall with Force Transfer Around an Opening; and available methods to analyze tall shear walls in mid-rise structures and determine their effect on the horizontal distribution of shears through the diaphragm and shear walls.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 4 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies (WoodWorks)

August 16—Schaumburg, Illinois
August 17—Oak Brook, Illinois
Led by experts in wood science and building enclosures, this seminar focuses on the effects of moisture on wood as a building material, as well as design considerations and best practices associated with detailing for durable wood structures. Beginning with a review of relevant wood science, the first half focuses on how wood is affected by moisture, how moisture travels through wood, and wood’s relationship with humidity and liquid water. The second half focuses on wood-frame assemblies for walls, low-slope roofs, and balconies. Details and case studies will be used to illustrate detailing best practices for these locations to provide moisture protection while allowing evaporation, with the goal of achieving maximum durability. Topics will include ventilation, placement of control layers, dew point location, and lessons learned from past balcony issues.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (WoodWorks)

August 23—Portland, Oregon
August 24—Seattle, Washington
This course is intended for designers who want to learn more about the use of wood-frame construction for low-rise retail, office and restaurant occupancies designed under the International Building Code. Topics covered include common framing systems and details, paths to code compliance and tall wall design.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices (WoodWorks)

August 23—San Francisco, California
September 20—Columbus, Ohio
September 21—Cleveland, Ohio
September 22—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
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.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Symposiums and Courses

Introduction to Wood Science & Forest Products (FPS)

September 26–28—Starksville, Mississippi

An informative three-day course with empowering knowledge on the basics of wood and wood-based products. Understand environmental advantages of wood, product properties and more. New employees in wood products manufacturing, suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies encouraged to attend.

Webinars

Webinar: Structural CLT Floor and Roof Design (WoodWorks)

August 10—1 pm Eastern
This presentation is intended for designers of building systems seeking to familiarize themselves with the category of products known as mass timber, and specifically cross laminated timber (CLT). Topics will include manufacturing and product performance standards, structural design standards, and recognition of CLT in the International Building Code. Specific attention will be given to the design of CLT in horizontal applications—i.e., as panels of floor and roof systems—and discussion will include how to address important serviceability requirements related to deflection and floor vibration design. Example projects and details will be presented to highlight possible applications of CLT in building structures.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.


Webinar: Solid Wood—New Trends in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design (WoodWorks)

September 7—1 pm Eastern
Through the rise of mass timber, one of the world’s oldest building materials has been reimagined as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. Innovations in solid wood building systems, which include large engineered wood members such as glue-laminated timber (GLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and cross-laminated timber (CLT), have created new opportunities for wood, whether that means going taller, spanning farther, or building faster. Driven by wood’s light environmental footprint, large-scale wood buildings around the world are helping to spur building code changes, improve wood-based economies and demonstrate the untapped potential of this versatile material. This presentation will provide insight into these new, exciting architectural developments through detailed case studies that will expand your perception of wood’s possibilities.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.