Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

2017 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

August 29, 2017—Washington, DC

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.


2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair

October 4, 2017—Pasadena, California

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.


2017 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

November 2, 2017—Charlotte, North Carolina

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.

Courses, Institutes, & Symposiums

2017 Colorado Wood Design Symposium

September 20, 2017—Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Wood Design Symposium is a FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational event on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Seminars

Designing Modern Wood Schools: A Guide for Architects and Structural Engineers

July 18, 2017—Washington, DC
July 19, 2017—Baltimore, Maryland
July 20, 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers who are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame schools. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to school performance criteria such as durability, fire and life safety, and allowable building size will be discussed. Schools space planning needs will be highlighted as will construction type selection and opportunities for wood use. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will also be covered, along with options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. With an emphasis on budget, this course will present designers with the information necessary to utilize wood framing as a cost savings tool.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

July 18, 2017—Schaumburg, Illinois
August 2, 2017—Nashville, Tennessee
August 24, 2017—Salt Lake City, Utah

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 or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


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

July 18, 2017—Charlotte, North Carolina
August 8, 2017—Jacksonville, Florida
August 9, 2017—Tallahassee, Florida
August 10, 2017—Birmingham, Alabama
September 5, 2017—Marlborough, Massachusetts

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 or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

August 15, 2017—Seattle, Washington
August 16, 2017—Portland, Oregon
August 17, 2017—San Diego, California
August 24, 2017—Salt Lake City, Utah

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This course focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on design options for connection solutions ranging from commodity fasteners, pre-engineered wood products and custom-designed connections. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs 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.


Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

August 23, 2017—Houston, Texas

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 or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

September 7, 2017—Richmond Heights, Missouri

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.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Exposed Connections in Timber Trusses and Structures: Designing for Beauty and Function

September 12, 2017—Austin, Texas
September 13, 2017—Houston, Texas
September 14, 2017—Plano, Texas

In timber designs where the structure is an integral part of the architecture, detailing for trusses and member intersections can be particularly challenging. Presented by renowned timber specialists, this workshop will provide insight relevant to both engineers and architects on heavy timber trusses, glulam post and beam and mass timber component connections. Timber truss topics include an overview of heavy timber truss configurations, guidance on their applications and important design considerations. An introduction to modern timber connections will review guiding principles of mass timber connections, custom and prefabricated hardware, codes, and design considerations using project examples. Among topics included are methods for achieving fire resistance, design simplicity and construction efficiency.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs 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.


CONSTRUCT 2017

September 13-15, 2017—Providence, Rhode Island

The world-class, education program is carefully crafted in collaboration with an advisory council of industry thought-leaders to ensure the most immersive, applicable, relevant program possible. Choose from 40+ sessions featuring solutions-based content presented by recognized industry experts.

CONSTRUCT is the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products. CONSTRUCT links thousands of industry professionals who are looking to procure real-world, practical knowledge for building success. This is your opportunity to meet with hundreds of manufacturers face-to-face and explore their products first-hand.

Informa Exhibitions (owner/producer of CONSTRUCT) is an approved AIA CES Provider. All CONSTRUCT educational sessions and tours are AIA CES Registered for General Learning Units (LU) or Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW). Earn 18.5 AIA LUs/HSW at CONSTRUCT 2017, plus additional credits if you participate in the Connect & Learn Program.


The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges

September 19, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts

Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Now available to North American building designers, it offers the structural simplicity needed for cost-effective projects, as well as benefits such as fast installation, reduced waste, improved thermal performance and design versatility. This presentation will introduce CLT through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources such as the new US CLT Handbook.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

September 20, 2017—San Diego, California
September 21, 2017—Anaheim, California

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many U.S. architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinars

Fire Protection During Construction

July 13, 2017—1:55pm - 3:30pm EST

This 90-minute webinar will introduce attendees to several of the recent major fires and their causes, the many fire-related hazards that exist on a construction site, the International Building and Fire Code and NFPA requirements for fire protection safeguards during construction and solutions for developing simple fire safety strategies. There also will be information on building materials and construction industry efforts to reduce fire losses.

ICC/AIA credits awarded.


More with Less: An Overview of the First CLT Hotel in the US

August 9, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

The availability of cross laminated timber (CLT) in the U.S. is causing some designers to rethink traditional construction practices—and one progressive development company is helping to lead that charge. For the recently completed Candlewood Suites Hotel on the Army Installation at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Lendlease explored the use of CLT for improved construction efficiency, enhanced performance, and blast resistance. The four-story, 62,688-sf project utilized CLT for nearly all floor, roof and wall framing, making it the first mass timber hotel in the country. This presentation will review the economic, environmental and social benefits realized through the use of CLT on this project, and address CLT’s viability as a market changing technology. Lessons learned during the design and construction processes will be discussed, as will some of the perceived hurdles and associated solutions related to using CLT as a whole building system.

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


Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings

August 17, 2017—1:55pm - 3:30pm EST

An overview of the Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO) shear wall design approach, recent research in this area, and a side-by-side comparison of design results between segmented, perforated, and FTAO design methods.

Attendees will qualify for Education credits.


Timber-Concrete Composite Floor Systems

September 13, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Many commercial, mixed-use and multi-family buildings utilize long-span floor systems that allow for open and flexible interior floor plans. Competitive long-span floor systems made with mass timber-concrete composite panels are an opportunity to expand the use of wood framing in a variety of occupancy and building types, including high-rises. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been researching timber-concrete composite floor systems that can satisfy the structural, serviceability, acoustic and fire requirements of high-rise buildings and has recently completed a physical testing program with Oregon State University. This presentation will showcase the results, including the effect of shear connector type on composite action, two-way spanning behavior of composite timber panels, long-term behaviors, and full-scale verification of a typical long-span bay.

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