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2016 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

Date:
November 2 2016
Time:
8:00am-5:00pm
Venue:
Rosen Centre Hotel
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.

Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar).  CEUs are FBPE board-approved. AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

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ROOM 1

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM

Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options

Tanya Luthi, PE, Fast + Epp

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. This presentation provides an overview of available mass timber systems, with an emphasis on their advantages and unique design considerations. Topics will include connections and fasteners, which differ from those used in light-frame wood construction, including available options and code requirements. Practical design considerations with regard to project location, climate, material sourcing, weather and fire protection, as well as detailing for dimensional variability, will also be reviewed. Cost estimating will be discussed, as successful mass timber projects require a complete understanding of both the system itself and impact on trades.

Tanya Luthi is a licensed Professional Engineer and an Associate at the structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp. Although fluent with all structural materials, Fast + Epp is known for projects that incorporate a significant amount of timber. In 2000, Tanya graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, but decided on a career change before beginning graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and graduated from the Structural Engineering program in 2005. Tanya has designed a wide range of structures in steel, concrete, and wood, including commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. She initially gained experience working with the New-York-based firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Tanya joined Fast + Epp’s Vancouver head office in 2011, and started the firm’s New York branch office in early 2016.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, Bensonwood

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, off-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of off-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to off-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of off-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed.

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and Company Steward of the design/build firm, Bensonwood. From high-performance homes to schools, restaurants, studios and barns, Randall has created over 200 custom buildings throughout the US. Randall earned a Bachelor of Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Keene State College, teaching design studios, architectural history and a biennial design/build practicum.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

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

Jeff Morrow, Lend Lease

The availability of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the US 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 at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Lend Lease explored the use of CLT for improved construction efficiency and performance. 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.

Jeff Morrow is a Program Manager for Lend Lease specializing in construction. Prior to leading the construction of new Lend Lease hotels for the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, he was Senior Project Engineer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he pioneered new approaches to energy and resource conservation in Lend Lease’s groundbreaking Zero Energy Homes project. This project provided a creative and viable strategy for achieving real change in the environmental impact of Lend Lease buildings. Jeff earned a BS and MS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University. In 2013, he was recognized by Professional Builder Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ awards.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Innovative Solutions for Mass Timber Projects: Structural Concepts and Case Study Examples

Tanya Luthi, PE, Fast + Epp

Mass timber construction uses large prefabricated wood members such as CLT and glue-laminated timber. These products, combined with a heightened awareness of wood’s carbon benefits, have focused attention on the possibility of “tall wood” and large-area wood buildings. Mass timber building systems and techniques have been successfully proven in projects worldwide. This presentation provides an analysis of three recently built mass timber projects in Canada: a 30,000-sf commercial building; a 156,000-sf student residence; and a 110,000-sf commercial building. The solutions used in each illustrate the adaptability of mass timber to a variety of design considerations and constraints.

Tanya Luthi is a licensed Professional Engineer and an Associate at the structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp. Although fluent with all structural materials, Fast + Epp is known for projects that incorporate a significant amount of timber. In 2000, Tanya graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, but decided on a career change before beginning graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and graduated from the Structural Engineering program in 2005. Tanya has designed a wide range of structures in steel, concrete, and wood, including commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. She initially gained experience working with the New-York-based firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Tanya joined Fast + Epp’s Vancouver head office in 2011, and started the firm’s New York branch office in early 2016.

ROOM 2

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Forests and Forest Products

Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as: Where do our trees and forests grow? How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests–now and in the past? How are forests managed—and are they being managed responsibly? Are our forests and forest products sustainable? Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?

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 Center, 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 9:45 AM

The Role of Control Layers in Building Enclosure Design

Colin Shane MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

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.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America. Colin has a broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00

Urban Acoustics

Steve Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, CTS-I, CTS-D, Thorburn Associates

As with any issue of building performance, the acoustics of a mixed-use wood-frame structure can be designed to meet or far exceed minimal requirements. It is the responsibility of the design team to determine acoustical expectations for the project and meet them within the available budget. Through the use of case studies, this fast-paced, interactive session will explore how multi-story wood systems can be used to meet acoustical privacy goals. Discussion will focus on the detailing and construction of units, and how consideration of the construction process can help keep acoustical costs down. With the objective of providing implementable solutions, the session will include construction details and photos showing what has and hasn’t worked in actual buildings.

Principal Consultant with Thorburn Associates, Steve enjoys helping others understand the principals of acoustics and audiovisual technology. His dual degrees in electrical engineering and technical theatre give him a balanced left brain/right brain approach to project solutions. In addition to experience on more than 2,800 projects, he is an author and teacher, a past INFOCOMM Educator of the Year, and recipient of two International Communications Industries Association Facility Design Awards. He routinely speaks and writes for the AEC industry on acoustical issues.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50

Advanced Detailing Techniques for Building Enclosures

Colin Shane MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

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.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America. Colin has a broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures.

ROOM 3

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, APA

A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. Test results from the (8′ x 12′) full-scale wall configurations, in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC, were used to develop and refine rational design methodologies in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). This presentation provides an update of that research with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. Rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC will be shared.

Karyn Beebe is an APA Engineered Wood Specialist serving the Southwest. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, Beebe graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Her duties include consulting with designers on the efficient specification of engineered wood products in construction. She is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and the US Green Building Council, and serves as Past President for the San Diego Area Chapter of the International Code Council (ICC). Prior to joining APA, Beebe worked as a structural engineer and structural plan reviewer for the San Diego building department.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Multi-Family Design and Detailing: An Orlando Perspective on Mid-Rise Construction

Russel Goliath, Slocum Platts Architects

Developed in response to a growing interest in mid-rise wood-frame projects, this course will provide an in-depth look at design and detailing considerations associated with multi-family buildings in particular, both on grade and on a podium. Architectural topics specific to fire and life safety will be reviewed at length, including floor and wall assembly selection, shaft walls, fire walls, and the intersection of rated assemblies. The recently completed Lexington Court project in downtown Orlando will be used to illustrate common design challenges and solutions for mid-rise structures. Presented by Slocum Platts’ Director of Architecture, who has designed and overseen many four-story, wood-frame projects in Florida, this presentation goes beyond code provisions and focuses on the “how-to” associated with their design.

Russel Goliath is the Director of Architecture for Slocum Platts Architects. Having spent more than 18 years with the firm, his knowledge of construction documents and architectural detailing is extensive. Russel’s responsibilities include site visits, shop drawings and RFI’s, proposals, and management of over 20 employees. He has worked on many multi-family projects including apartments, townhomes, timeshares, and condo/hotels, during which time he has completed over 20,000 award-winning units. Russel has also developed valuable relationships with clients, consultants and general contractors, which reflects the number one priority of Slocum Platts.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM

International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

Paul Coats, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

Based on the American Wood Council (AWC)/ICC publication, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), this presentation provides insight into the 2012 IBC parameters for wood in non-residential and multi-residential construction. Topics will include maximum building sizes (participants will receive pre-calculated tables for eight occupancies, with and without frontage and sprinkler increases); alternatives for establishing required fire resistance; special provisions for pedestal buildings; precautionary recommendations during construction; criteria for finishes, and other wood features; and the use of AWC design standards and other publications in relation to the IBC. Participants may download a complimentary copy of the CCWD at: http://www.awc.org/codes/ccwdindex.html.

Paul is the Southeast Regional Manager for AWC, which produces code-referenced design standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®). A graduate of Purdue University, Paul’s experience includes inspection, plan review, engineering, and consulting. He routinely assists code officials and designers and participates in national and state-level code development activities. Prior to joining AWC, Paul was on the Code Development Staff of BOCA International, a legacy organization of the International Code Council.

AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Designing for Permanence: Protecting Wood-Frame Structures from Insects and Decay

Paul Coats, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

When properly designed and constructed, wood-frame structures are able to resist damage by moisture and living organisms. This presentation focuses on four steps to achieving maximum service life with wood-frame structures: 1) controlling moisture content of wood, 2) providing effective termite controls, 3) using durable materials such as naturally durable or preservative-treated wood, and 4) instituting quality assurance. With an emphasis on best practice details and material specification, this session will present techniques for mitigating decay, insect infestation, and durability issues in new and existing wood construction.

Paul is the Southeast Regional Manager for AWC, which produces code-referenced design standards such as the NDS®. A graduate of Purdue University, Paul’s experience includes inspection, plan review, engineering, and consulting. He routinely assists code officials and designers and participates in national and state-level code development activities. Prior to joining AWC, Paul was on the Code Development Staff of BOCA International, a legacy organization of the International Code Council.

Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Parking available on site: $15 self-parking, $20 valet
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Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). 

CEUs are FBPE board-approved.

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

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For questions or additional information please contact Jaime Krohn at  or312-841-8272.