Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

Miami Resilience: Strategizing On Timbers Role in Sustainable Urbanism (WoodWorks)

February 4, 2020—Miami, FL

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 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1 PDH credits or 0.1 ICC credits.

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

February 5, 2020—Atlanta, GA

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.

Tall Mass Timber in the Midwest: Designing Two of the Country’s Tallest Wood Projects (WoodWorks)

February 11, 2020—Minneapolis, MN

Changes to the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) have created opportunities for mass timber buildings that are much larger and taller than prescriptively allowed in past versions of the code. The new version includes three new construction types, based on the previous Heavy Timber construction type but with additional fire protection requirements, which allow up to 18 stories of timber construction. With the 2021 code for context, this workshop will highlight two projects being proposed in the Midwest—TMBR in Minneapolis and Market Square in Cleveland. Starting with an introduction of the new code provisions and design steps for topics such as fire resistance, acoustics and structural detailing, attendees will then hear from the design and development teams working on these projects. They’ll discuss their motivations for using mass timber, interactions with building officials, architectural and structural building design strategies, prescriptive code compliance vs. alternative engineered approaches, design lessons learned, details, and much more.

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

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.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

64th Annual Institute for Building Officials

January 8–23, 2020—Minneapolis, MN

Continue your education and get up-to-date information on Minnesota code rules and amendments, best practices for inspection and code administration, innovative products on the market and useful professional development skills.

Texas Gulf Coast Mass Timber Conference

February 11 and 12, 2020—Pasadena, TX

Learn about mass timber projects currently in design, contractor experiences with this technology, unique safety concerns with timber construction, mass timber under IBC 2012 & 2015, design of timber connections and design for fire, wind and seismic resistance. Up to 12.5 hours of continuting education available to participants.

Texas Wood Design Symposium

February 25, 2020—Houston, TX

With a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, the Texas Wood Design Symposium will pack an informational punch for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, code officials and anyone interested in wood’s exciting design possibilities. During the day, access wood design experts, informative seminars, technical information from manufacturers, engineering consultants and industry associations, and exhibits featuring a wide range of structural and finishing products.

Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar).


Wood Shear Wall Seismic and Wind Design Example per 2018 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS (AWC)

January 23, 2020—10:00–11:00 am EST
January 23, 2020—1:55–3:30 pm EST

Two AWC standards utilized throughout the nation for a code-compliant design of wood shear walls are 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). The WFCM has recently been updated and contains both a prescriptive and engineering design approach. Although the prescriptive design will tend to provide more conservative results than the more efficient engineered design, designers may arrive more readily at a solution. This seminar includes examples of seismic and wind shear wall designs for segmented and perforated shear walls, utilizing the WFCM and the SDPWS along with a comparison of the results.

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

Cantilever Diaphragms: Code Requirements and Relative Stiffness Issues (WoodWorks)

February 4, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Part 1 of the series will address code requirements and relative stiffness issues associated with cantilever diaphragms in wood structures. Traditionally, wood-frame diaphragms are designed as flexible, meaning that shear forces are transferred to vertical-resisting systems based on tributary widths. However, cantilever diaphragms are required to be analyzed as semi-rigid or rigid, where distribution of shear forces is a function of relative stiffness of the supporting walls rather than tributary widths. This webinar will introduce unique conditions often found in structures that utilize cantilever diaphragms, including increased building heights, multi-story shear wall effects, and torsional irregularities. Current and future code provisions relative to cantilever wood diaphragms will also be discussed.

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

Shear Wall Design in Cantilever Diaphragm Structures (WoodWorks)

February 6, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

Part 2 of this series will introduce an open front diaphragm design example that will be worked through in the remaining webinars. Topics addressed will include seismic force calculation and distribution, and preliminary shear wall design taking into account nominal shear wall stiffness. The impact of factors such as horizontal and torsional irregularities on force distribution to shear walls will be examined, and design of elements contributing to shear wall rotation and overturning will be discussed. The effect of gravity loads on shear walls will also be reviewed.

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

Cantilever Diaphragm Design, Flexibility Check, and Drift Calculations (WoodWorks)

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

Part 3 of this series will take an in-depth look at cantilever diaphragm design processes. Using calculation steps per ASCE 7 and the 2015 edition of the American Wood Council’s Special Design Provisions for Wind & Seismic (SDPWS), diaphragm force distribution will be used to illustrate diaphragm design procedures in an open front structure. Diaphragm chord forces, chord slip, and chord design and detailing will all be examined. Diaphragm flexibility will also be analyzed, reviewing options proposed for the 2021 SDPWS and other rational, engineering judgement-based approaches. Finally, diaphragm deflection and story drift calculations will be explained, emphasizing factors that contribute to story drift in a cantilever diaphragm, and measurement criteria.

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

Sustainable Choices–Wood Products in Industrial Applications

February 12, 2020, 10:00–11:00 am PST

This webinar for industrial product and systems designers, packaging professionals, and purchasing and facilities managers will outline what makes wood sourced from North America a green material and clear up misconceptions on the environmental impacts of harvesting wood. There are many types of materials that can be used as components of products or systems, and the environmental impact of using several of these will be evaluated. Presented by Kathryn (Katie) Fernholz of Dovetail Partners.

Torsional Irregularity and Design Example Checks of an Open Front Building (WoodWorks)

February 13, 2020—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CST

This webinar will conclude the open front diaphragm design example by analyzing the degree of torsional irregularity and amplification of accidental torsion. ASCE 7 and SDPWS irregularity code triggers and design impacts will be explained, and verification of the redundancy factor will be reviewed. Other topics will include requirements for the use of overstrength factors for struts and collectors, and new concepts on the connectivity of stacked, multi-story shear walls in wood-frame buildings.

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

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).