Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

2018 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

April 25, 2018—Atlanta, Georgia

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2018 Chicago Wood Solutions Fair

May 23, 2018—Rosemont, Illinois

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


International Woodworking Fair 2018

August 22-25, 2018—Atlanta, Georgia

The International Woodworking Fair 2018 will be one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries.


2018 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

August 28, 2018—Austin, Texas

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Symposiums

2018 Seattle Wood Design Symposium

July 19, 2018—Seattle, Washington

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


2018 Boston Wood Design Symposium

September 26, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts

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


2018 Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium

October 18, 2018—Washington, DC

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


2018 Bay Area Wood Design Symposium

November 7, 2018—San Francisco, California

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

Seminars and Workshops

Shear Wall and Diaphragm Design

June 21, 2018—St. Louis, Missouri

Intended for structural engineers 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 and diaphragm 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 include 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; and a new method of analysis for a shear wall with force transfer around an opening.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

May 1, 2018—Marlborough, Massachusetts
May 2, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts

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, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

May 1, 2018—Fort Worth, 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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber

May 8, 2018—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 9, 2018—Baltimore, Maryland
May 10, 2018—Washington, DC

Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Introducing CLT: Opportunities and Solutions to Common Design Challenges

May 8, 2018—Coral Gables, Florida
May 9, 2018—Tampa, Florida
May 11, 2018—Winter Park, Florida

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.

Now available to North American building designers, cross laminated timber (CLT) 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 cover some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design, including fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Resources available to design and construction professionals, such as the new US CLT Handbook, will also be discussed.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Rational Design Methods for Shear Walls

May 9, 2018—Denver, Colorado
May 10, 2018—Scottsdale, Arizona

Intended for structural engineers who would like a deeper understanding of advanced shear wall design principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at shear wall designs commonly used for low-rise and mid-rise wood-frame buildings, including those with rectangular, skewed and offset plans. Topics will include the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood-frame shear walls; options for designing shear walls with openings, including the new APA method of analysis for shear walls using the force transfer around openings (FTAO) approach; and detailing to accommodate shear wall hold down and base anchorage forces.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Wood Design Solutions: Shaft Walls, Exterior Walls, Intersections, Balconies

May 10, 2018—Houston, Texas

It is fairly common for light wood-frame commercial and multi-family 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.

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.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

May 15, 2018—Cincinnati, Ohio
May 16, 2018—Columbus, Ohio
May 17, 2018—Cleveland, Ohio

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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

May 15, 2018—San Francisco, California
May 17, 2018—Oakland, California
June 19, 2018—Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Webinars

UMass Design Buildings: A Firsthand Account from Design through Owner Occupancy

May 9, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building. From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

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


Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator

May 10—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO) is a popular method of shear wall analysis for wood-framed buildings. Join APA Engineered Wood Specialist Alese Ashuckian, PE, for Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator. The presentation will include an overview of APA’s free design tool, the FTAO Calculator, and explain how it can help engineers and code officials in the design and implementation of FTAO shear walls, with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings.

This course has been approved for ICC and AIA continuing education credits.


Optimized Design, Efficient Construction: How One Company Successfully Constructed a Massive Timber Project

June 13, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US—a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, will share information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources. Insights will cover pre-construction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details will also be discussed.

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


Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

July 11, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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


Advanced Detailing Techniques for Building Enclosures

August 8, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices with references from technical guidelines and case studies. Finally, the critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies (i.e., walls, roofs, balconies, windows) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. Details and case studies will be presented for each.

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


Keeping it Under Wraps: Achieving Passive House with Affordable Multi-Family Designs

September 12, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When many building owners, contractors and other design and construction professionals hear the term ‘passive house,’ they immediately think of increased construction costs. However, several examples exist to demonstrate that passive house wood-frame multi-family projects can be just as affordable as similar non-passive house projects. Drawing on experiences and insights gained from three multi-family passive house projects in cold climates, this presentation will highlight methods of reducing costs—both upfront and long term—that provide the budget containment necessary for the design of affordable housing.

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


Noise and Vibration Control in Wood-Frame Multi-Family Buildings

October 10, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Learn to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls in wood-frame multi-family projects. Presented by an acoustics and vibration expert, this webinar will cover practical information related to code requirements, acoustical barriers, and high-performing, acoustically-rated wall and floor assemblies. Recommendations to avoid common pitfalls such as flanking paths will be presented along with example projects featuring real-world acoustical issues and solutions. Vibration and associated noise issues related to mechanical equipment will also be addressed, with an emphasis on how to avoid them through proper isolation design.

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