Events

2014 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

Date:
January 29 2014
Time:
8:00am-5:00pm
Venue:
Charlotte Convention Center
Cost:
Free
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Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

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ROOM 1

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Fire Safety of Tall Wood Buildings: A Research Review
Robert Gerard, MSc, PE, Arup

Recent architectural trends in sustainable urban densification have spurred a movement toward increasingly tall buildings made from mass timber products or a combination of wood and other materials. Many tall timber building concepts are motivated by their suggested advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable and low-carbon construction material. However, to ensure occupant safety and the protection of property, the next step is to fully assess the fire performance of these buildings. This presentation will discuss results of an initial study performed in coordination with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, as well as recommendations for future research and testing.
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Robert Gerard is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in California. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His thesis, Fire Resistance of Connections in Pre-Stressed Heavy Timber Structures, is focused on structural performance of timber buildings under fire conditions. Currently based in Arup’s San Francisco office, Robert was involved with fire safety research in timber buildings while on secondment at Arup in London.


MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Timber Skyline: The Rise of Tall Wood Buildings
Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks

In North America, the idea of high-rise wood construction using mass(ive) timber systems is getting a lot of attention. This presentation will provide examples of eight, nine and 10-story timber buildings recently completed in Sweden, Germany, Italy, Austria, the UK and Australia. It will also examine several concepts for timber hybrid buildings up to 40 stories, discussing both the architectural layouts and structural systems proposed. An introduction to the mass timber products and systems that are making these advances possible will also be provided.

Scott Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Architectural and Engineering Solutions Team of WoodWorks. Scott received a bachelors and masters from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise frame buildings. Scott has experience with structural design of new single family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is the 2013-2014 Vice President/President-Elect of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California and is member of the SEAOCC sustainable design and existing buildings committees.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Design is in the Details: Solutions to Common Mid-Rise Design Challenges
Matthew S. Church, PE, Davis & Churc

h, LLC

This session will use recent mid-rise projects to examine a variety of design solutions for multi-story wood construction. Discussion will focus on areas of design and detailing that often challenge designers of Type III and Type V mixed-use projects—such as designing wood and masonry shaft walls, connecting 2-hour rated walls to 1-hour rated floor/ceiling systems, and balcony construction—and offer possible solutions. Opportunities and advantages to using cross laminated timber in mid-rise buildings will also be explored.

Mr. Church is a licensed Professional Engineer in the field of Structural Engineering with an extensive background in multi-family and mixed-use projects. He was awarded a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Brigham Young University and currently holds registration in several states including California, New York, Texas and Florida. He is a Principal Partner in the firm of Davis and Church, LLC established in 2003 and located in Alpharetta, GA.

ROOM 2

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge
Brian Court, AIA, LEED AP, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLC

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building recently competed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after one year of occupancy prior to certification, against criteria that include 100% of energy demands met with on-site renewable energy generation and 100% of water needs met by on-site rainwater collection. In this presentation, Project Architect Brian Court will give a short overview of the LBC, discuss the design strategies for the Bullitt Center, and highlight structural and environmental virtues of the heavy timber structural system such as renewability, contribution to energy efficiency and light carbon footprint.

Bringing a strong sense of design to projects and a passion for buildings that are finely tuned to their regional and climatic influences, Brian Court led the performance-based design effort for the Bullitt Center. An Associate at The Miller Hull Partnership, Brian has served as the Project Architect for numerous single and multi-family residential projects, urban infill projects, large institutional projects, higher education projects and waterfront projects. Brian attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia for his undergraduate degree and the University of Washington for his Master’s degree in Architecture.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Modern Forestry: Growing Sustainable Bio-Materials
Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners Inc.

This presentation will address land management techniques associated with agriculture (organic and non-organic) and forestry, including natural forest management as well as plantation forestry. These systems are used to grow bio-based materials such as wood products, agricultural foods and fibers, and the raw materials for bio-energy. The presentation will compare and contrast common forestry and agricultural practices and include discussion of the diverse challenges and benefits associated with each system.

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Kathryn Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Ce

nter, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.


MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Innovation in Wood Construction: A Comparison of Two Projects
Jana Foit, AIBC, LEED AP, BD+C, Perkins+Will

Recent investigations into and discussions about solid wood construction in British Columbia, Canada are resulting in many projects looking at heavy timber as a viable structural material. Furthermore, the benefits of wood are becoming increasingly relevant in the context of global warming and non-renewable resource depletion, and its use can have a large impact on a project’s carbon footprint through both carbon sequestration and avoided greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation will focus on the use of panelized wood in two innovative Perkins+Will projects, both located at the University of British Columbia: the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and the Earth Sciences Building (ESB).

Jana is a Senior Associate and Higher Education Practice Leader for the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. For three years, she led the design and was involved in the construction of the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Involved in this project since the beginning of schematic design, she has been a primary supporter of the wood solutions in the project and has gained a great deal of knowledge in the successful application of wood products from design through construction.

ROOM 3

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Energy-Efficient Facilities: Building Envelope Design Considerations
Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates Inc.

While new energy codes and green building programs are placing greater emphasis on energy efficiency, many “green buildings” are being criticized because their energy performance has failed to live up to expectations. This presentation will focus on cost-effective design recommendations for high performance building enclosures. It will explore why many buildings fail to perform as expected, and provide recommendations on envelope detailing, insulation and air sealing techniques for various climates, and information to include in specifications.

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Cross Laminated Timber Technology: Manufacturing, Materials and Specification
Bryan Readling, PE, APA

While cross laminated timber (CLT) technology originated in Europe as a proprietary system, considerable advances have been made to establish CLT as a material capable of competing with concrete and steel in US non-residential and multi-family construction markets. Among the most notable, a new product standard developed by APA and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI/APA PRG 320) lays out the requirements and test methods for CLT certification and quality assurance, and recently approved code changes will see CLT recognized in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). With an emphasis on manufacturing and specification, this session will provide an overview of current North American CLT production as well as practical

information related to its use.

Bryan Readling, PE, is a Structural Engineer, author and lecturer representing APA’s Field Services Division in Charlotte, NC. Before joining APA in 1990, Bryan worked as a consulting Structural Engineer after completing a Master’s degree at Clemson University where he measured wind tunnel forces on low-rise structures. His article, “In the Path of the Storm, A firsthand look at the damage inflicted on new wood-frame homes by the April 2011 tornados in North Carolina and Alabama” appears in the September 2011 Journal of Light Construction. An authority on storm-resistant design and engineered wood systems, he is a member of the American Association for Wind Engineering and FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Healthy Building: The Case for Visual Wood
David Fell, PhD, FPInnovations

Recent studies, along with evidence emerging from Europe and Asia, suggest that the use of wood indoors lowers stress reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system—which is associated with lower blood pressure, lower heart-rate, lower psychological stress, lower susceptibility to illness and a better ability to focus attention. This is relevant both in the context of evidence-based design, which studies the effects of building design on occupants (among other things), and biophilic design, which considers the general affinity humans have for nature and addresses it through design elements and materials. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence and mechanisms through which wood can affect human health and its increasing use in educational, office and other environments.

David Fell is the Research Leader for Market Research at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked as a market researcher in the field of building products for close to 20 years. In recent years he has focused on the visual applications of wood inside and outside buildings, which led to his most recent field of study, the health effects of wood and other natural materials in the built environment. David completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in wood science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from the University of Alberta.

ROOM 4

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Offset Diaphragms and Shear Walls
Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Lateral force resisting systems in today’s structures are more complex than they were several decades ago, incorporating multiple horizontal and vertical offsets in the diaphragms, multiple irregularities and fewer lateral resisting elements. This two part presentation will provide a brief review of the method used to analyze these complex structures.
Part I – Topics will include code requirements, how to recognize diaphragm irregularities and discontinuities, how shears are distributed through complex diaphragms, the method of analysis used to solve the transfer of forces across areas of discontinuity, and the analysis of flexible wood sheathed or untopped steel decking diaphragms with horizontal offsets.
Part 2 – This session will cover how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that are typically created by these diaphragms.

Terry Malone is a licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon, conducted third-party structural plan reviews and has ser

ved as a faculty member at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 35 years of wood design experience and has taken an active role as a presenter providing seminars at state and local International Code Council (ICC) chapters and professional engineering organizations. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill and the ICC. He is a member of the Structural Engineers’ Association of Arizona and the ICC.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Code Conforming Wood Design
Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, M. ASCE, American Wood Council

This presentation is based on a set of new publications summarizing allowable wood use in buildings in accordance with the 2012 IBC. Titled Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), the documents feature an overview of the design flexibilities permitted for wood in commercial construction and should not be considered a replacement for the building code. However, it should help engineers, architects and building officials better understand how wood can be used in a variety of applications. The CCWD series includes a comprehensive document summarizing wood use in the IBC. A series of eight smaller documents are specific to different use groups such assembly, business and educational buildings. Participants can download a complimentary copy of the CCWD at: http://www.awc.org/codes/ccwdindex.html

Michelle Kam-Biron joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2012. She currently serves as Director of Education. Before joining AWC, she was Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for WoodWorks. She has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects in various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Michelle has authored and contributed to several publications on the use of structural wood products as well as presented throughout the nation on the topic. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering. She is the current Treasurer and past Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and a volunteer on the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Board.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining
Michael Malinowski, AIA, Applied Architecture, Inc.

This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don’t comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries, code conundrums, political problem solving and the resolution of interpretation differences. Successful project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the ‘public’ side of the counter in a project’s ultimate success.

Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, is Principal of Applied Architecture Inc. in Sacramento, where he specializes in residential, mixed-use and historic adaptive reuse work. A current member of the Woodworks Advisory Panel and aecKnowledge Editorial Committee, he was also the 2009/2010 VP Communications/Public Affairs for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council, founded the long-running AIACV Code Conversation program, and has served over a decade on Sacrame

nto’s Development Oversight, Preservation and Design Review Commissions.

ROOM 5

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM
Using Software to Design Multi-Story Wood Buildings
Matt Brown, PE, RISA

See how engineering software can be used to design multi-story buildings featuring wood walls, wood diaphragms, glued laminated timber (glulam) and dimension lumber. Learn how wind and seismic loads are automatically generated and applied to the structure and how finite element analysis offers improved accuracy over conventional hand calculation methods. A special emphasis will be placed on the design of an entire building for both strength and serviceability requirements.

Matthew G. Brown, PE, joined RISA Technologies in 2008 and is responsible for technical support, sales, training, specifying new product features and testing new products. Prior to RISA Technologies, he was a Project Engineer for Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), a large A/E firm in Detroit. Matt has designed and modeled a number of structures ranging from steel-frame hospitals to a concrete flat slab high-rise. He has a BS in Civil Engineering, a BS in Architecture and an MS in Civil Engineering (Structural), all from Lawrence Technological University.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM
Sustainable Designs: Western Red Cedar
Steve From, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

This presentation will include information basic to lumber and forest products while focusing on the nature of western red cedar lumber products, their unique benefits and why they are appropriate for incorporation into any sustainable design. The presentation will also touch on information about western red cedar lumber grades, installation and finishing. Forest certification will be discussed, as will reasons why using western red cedar affords your clients the best environmental and sustainable products for their design requirements.

Steve From has been employed in the lumber industry in varying capacities since 1972, when he began working in sales at a British Columbia sawmill. For the past four years, he has worked for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA), where he provides training to design and building professionals as well as wholesale distribution and lumber retail staff. He has specialized in education related to western red cedar since 1987 and also completed the WRCLA Cedar School in Vancouver. Prior to joining the WRCLA, he held a variety of sales, product management and purchasing director positions..

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM
Meeting Fire Codes with OSB
Bob Palardy, LP Building Products

This presentation will provide an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing for wall and roof sheathing applications. Topics will include its structural and performance properties and contribution to enhancing the sustainable built environment.

Bob Palardy is Manager of Corporate Quality and Technology at LP Building Products in Nashville, TN, where he is a part of developing new and innovative products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of structural wood composite panel products, code compliance, and fire resistance. Before joining LP in 2003, Mr. Palardy held positions at Michigan Technological University and J.M. Huber Corporation.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood and the International Building Code
Jim Gogolski, Hoover Treated Wood Products

This presentation takes an in-depth look at fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) focusing on: FRTW characteristics, properties and performance in a fire; preparation, treatment, inspection and labeling; fire tests, standards and building code requirements; how and where

FRTW is used; and the impact of FRTW on construction and insurance costs.

Jim Gogolski is a Marketing Representative with Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. promoting the many uses of fire-retardant treated wood in construction to architects, engineers and building code officials. Before Hoover, Jim worked with APA – The Engineered Wood Association as a Field Representative, and also administered their field inspection service. Jim also worked for a wood preservative chemical supplier and the Southern Forest Products Association. His technical knowledge as well as experience in the uses of wood in construction and field inspections brings a unique perspective to his pro¬grams. In addition, he is a member of the International Codes Council. Jim holds a B.S. degree in Wood Products Technology from The Ohio State University, Columbus, and an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Treated Wood and Design
Eddy Longshore, Western Wood Preservers Institute

The durability of all structures relies on effective design—which, for wood buildings, includes the use of preservative-treated wood where excessive moisture or termite infestation is likely. This course offers practical advice for specifying the chemical alternatives used to protect wood’s durability in these circumstances. Topics will include determining the appropriate type of treatment based on the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Use Category Standards and ICC-ES Report Evaluations, labeling required under the IBC and best management practices for sensitive or aquatic environments. Considerations related to treated wood in multi-residential and commercial structures, fasteners and connectors, safe handling and environmental protection will also be discussed.

Eddy Longshore grew up near Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked for his father’s roofing business from the age of 10, gaining decades of experience in construction practices. He is now the Continuing Education Manager for Cox Industries, providing learning units for architects, engineers, builders, contractors and code officials throughout Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.

AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Quality Assurance in Architectural Woodwork
William A. Munyan, AIA, CSI, CDT, AWI

Take the mystery out of architectural woodwork projects by learning the best way to communicate with contractors from design to finish. Learn to use the Architectural Woodwork Standards to visually identify compliant vs. noncompliant products and how to identify the differences between premium, custom and economy-grade woodwork. Proper construction of drawers, countertops, cabinets, veneer and wall panels will also be discussed.

William Munyan is a past Secretary/Treasurer for CSI’s South East Region, Past President of the Charlotte Chapter of CSI, a Registered Architect and Principal for R & M Group, PLLC in Charlotte, NC. He is a Past President of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) Quality Certification Corporation, and a member of the AWI Technical Committee, AWI Joint Standards Committee, and the AIA MASTERSPEC review committee. Bill has been teaching construction courses at Central Piedmont Community College for twenty-seven years, and has taught CSI certification programs for Construction Document Technician (CDT) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). He holds an AA degree from Louisburg Junior College, a BA in Architecture from UNC-Charlotte, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado in Denver.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of six HSW credits (one per attended seminar).

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

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

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-339-6000

Parking: There are a number of affordable garages located throughout downtown Charlotte.


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For information about sponsoring or exhibiting this or any Wood Solutions Fair, please contact elizabeth@woodworks.org

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