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2016 Midwest Wood Solutions Fair

Date:
March 23 2016
Time:
8:00am-5:00pm
Venue:
Minneapolis 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.

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.

SCHEDULE

Check in begins 7:00 am
Seminars begin 8:00 am
Seminars conclude 5:00
Exhibit Expo 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

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SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

ROOM 1

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

Aspen Art Museum: Wood Roof Structure Case Study

Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame roof. Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. The space frame was to have two planes of intersecting diagonal webs of curved members that undulated up and down to touch the planes of the top and bottom chords with no visible connectors. This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, is the president and CEO of KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado, a firm of 65 that includes structural engineers, steel detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys working with design architects on innovative structures, especially in masonry and wood.

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

Building the Hines T3 Office: Seven Stories of Success

Gerald A. Epp, MEng, PEng, StructEng, PE, M.IABSE, FIStructE, StructureCraft Builders Inc.

One response to the growing cultural demand for local authenticity, sustainability and social connectivity in urban office environments is the Hines T3 (Timber, Transit and Technology) project—a seven-story office building with six stories of mass timber, located in the Minneapolis warehouse district. Presented by the timber specialists responsible for such iconic structures as the Richmond Olympic Oval and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, this presentation explores the structural efficiency, cost effectiveness and aesthetic potential of mass timber systems and introduces the use of nail laminated timber. The T3 project demonstrates how quickly timber structures can be erected with component prefabrication and careful engineering of connections.

Having consulted with leading architects for 35 years, Gerald has developed a keen sense for good architecture in expressed structure. Using the constraints of aesthetics, physics and construction to shape the efficient solution, he has sought to push new frontiers and an experimental approach to engineering, often involving physical testing to prove a connection or concept. Gerald founded StructureCraft in 1998, and has since delivered numerous highly acclaimed structures involving all conceivable types of wood, combined with other materials. Gerald’s projects span three continents, and have won numerous national and international awards. He was named an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in 2010, and recently a Fellow of the IStructE. Gerald is registered as a professional engineer in Canada, and in many American states.

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

The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builder’s Perspective

Charles Judd

The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross laminated timber (CLT). With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

A timber framer for more than 20 years, Charles has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina for the past 10 years. He also recently completed the CLT installation at the Franklin Elementary School project in Franklin, West Virginia. He has participated in national and international timber-frame projects, teaches workshops in the US and abroad, and is a member of the Timber Framers Guild.

ROOM 2

MORNING SESSION 8:00AM

Building Enclosure Fundamentals and Best Practices for Wood-Frame Buildings

Colin Shane, MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures for mid-rise buildings using traditional light wood-frame construction. Differences in enclosure design associated with taller wood-frame buildings using mass timber products will also be reviewed.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Engineer 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. He has broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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

Code Compliance for Fire Resistance-Rated Assemblies in Light-Frame Buildings

James B. Smith, PE, American Wood Council (AWC)

Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.

Jim Smith joined AWC staff in 2014 as the Midwest Regional Manager, and serves as a resource for code officials in the States of ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH and KY. He is also a member of the International Code Council (ICC) Building Code Action Committee (BCAC). Prior to joining AWC, Jim was the Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Administrator for the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Before Waukesha he was with the State of Wisconsin’s Safety and Buildings Division as the Program Manager responsible for their Commercial Building Code program. Jim is a graduate of Madison College.

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

Energy Efficient Wood-Frame Assemblies: Options for Compliance with the IECC

Matthew Brown, APA

While it’s fairly well known that wood products sequester carbon and tend to require less energy to manufacture than other building materials, their performance related to operational energy efficiency is sometimes overlooked. From a thermal perspective, wood-frame building enclosures are inherently more efficient than steel-frame, concrete, or masonry construction—because of the insulating qualities of the wood structural elements, including studs, columns, beams and floors, and because wood stud walls are easy to insulate. Using real-world project examples, this presentation will examine options for utilizing wood-frame assemblies to achieve compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Matt is an engineered wood specialist at APA – The Engineered Wood Association, where he provides education, consulting and product assistance related to energy efficiency, energy codes and the advantages of wood construction. Prior to joining APA, he was Director of Research and Development for Energy Diagnostics Inc., an energy rating firm in Northern Indiana serving the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Having been involved in code development, training and education in all three states, he became involved with the development of energy codes at the national level, attending ICC hearings and becoming an ICC Certified Residential Energy Code Inspector and Plans Examiner, Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater, and Certified Green Professional (CGP).

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Assembly and Detailing Considerations for Wood-Frame 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, foundations) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. A series of details and case studies will be presented for each.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Engineer 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. He has broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

ROOM 3

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

Detailing for Wood Shrinkage

Douglas R. Steimle, PE, Schaefer

For condominiums, apartments, hotels and dormitories, multi-story wood construction is viewed by many as a way to achieve higher density at lower cost, while reducing the project’s carbon footprint. One of the challenges, in designing these taller buildings, is how to calculate and address wood shrinkage, which occurs as the wood dries from its ‘green’ state to its in-service equilibrium state. This session will examine shrinkage associated with wall and floor design, and demonstrate how to minimize effects of both shrinkage and differential movement with proper detailing. The discussion will include solutions to shrinkage induced construction issues such as drywall cracking, window frame wracking, and compromised plumbing lines.

Doug is a structural engineer with expertise in the design of multi-story wood-frame buildings for residential and hospitality occupancies. He also has extensive experience with existing building investigation, retrofit and modification. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, and is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and South Carolina.

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

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.

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

Lateral Design of Mid-Rise Wood Structures for Wind Loads

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks

As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives with mid-rise structures—one of which is effective performance when subject to wind forces. This presentation examines design processes for lateral framing components, which are critical to the design of code-compliant mid-rise wood structures subject to wind loads. Topics in this highly technical presentation will include wind loads paths, stacked multi-story shear walls, accumulated shear wall forces and deflections, discontinuous shear walls, and anchorage of shear walls to concrete podium slabs.

Ricky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is a Technical Director of Architectural & Engineering Solutions for the WoodWorks program. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer for a New England-based consultant, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and is a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.

ROOM 4

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

Carbon Implications of Construction Material Selection

Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners, Inc., Bowyer & Associates, Inc.

Carbon emissions have come to the forefront of public discourse and increasingly, of public policy. This presentation will focus on the objective of minimizing carbon emissions associated with building construction and operation. The carbon implications of building material selection will be examined, using examples of real world projects and material comparisons to illustrate the extent to which a building’s carbon footprint is influenced by the construction materials used. Emissions linked to buildings will be discussed in the larger context of carbon and climate, with consideration of the current vs. historical situation, tools for assessing carbon liberation, carbon equivalency, fossil vs. atmospheric carbon, CO2 sequestration, and implications of potential carbon regulation for materials selection and building design.

Dr. Jim Bowyer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. He is Director of the Sustainable Materials Program at Dovetail Partners, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, and President of Bowyer & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to improving the environmental performance of organizations of all kinds.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM

Preservative-Treated Wood: Use and Specification

Kris Owen, Independent Consultant

In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can help ensure a building’s durability. In this presentation, participants will learn about the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products and their differences, and how preserved wood is used in construction. Topics will include types of preservative treatments and the required levels of retention, as dictated by the end-use application, desired service life and exposure conditions. AWPA Use Category standards and ICC-ES Report Evaluations will be reviewed, and current issues concerning treated wood in non-residential and multi-family construction be discussed. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app.

Kris has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 years focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations—including the ICC and the American Wood Protection Association—is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.

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

Timber Framing: Applications in Commercial Construction

James “Mack” Magee, MS, Fire Tower Engineered Timber

Designed to answer questions about use of heavy timber as both structural material and exposed architectural feature in commercial construction, this presentation will cover topics such as specification, structural design, joinery, code compliance paths, and fire resistance. The role of the architect and structural engineer in heavy timber design and specification will be discussed, and case studies will be presented to illustrate a range of applications. Traditional and modern joinery options will be explored with an emphasis on aesthetics, structural capacity, and design routes. Heavy timber’s role as a building material in the International Building Code, AWC’s National Design Specification® for Wood Construction, and Timber Frame Engineering Council’s (TFEC) Engineering Standards & Loading Criteria will also be covered.

Mack’s career includes a variety of tasks associated with wood construction such as working as a union carpenter in Washington DC, Charlottesville, and Chicago, a project engineer, production manager, and global safety leader for Owens Cornings, director of operations with Riverbend Timber Framing, and general manager of Cascade Joinery. His current position is engineer and co-founder with Fire Tower in Providence, Rhode Island. Fire Tower is known as one of the field’s preeminent engineering and design firms.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Fire Retardant-Treated Wood: The Basics

Kris Owen, Independent Consultant

For some applications—such as exterior walls in Type III Construction—building codes allow the use of wood providing it is fire retardant-treated (FRT). This presentation offers an overview of FRT wood in the United States, including specific references under the International Building Code, available products and examples of typical use. This session will explore how treatments are impregnated into the wood, how some FR treatments offer preservative protection and the testing required to confirm fire-retardant capabilities. Topics will also include understanding the labels on FRT wood products for interior and exterior uses, and occupant safety.

Kris has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 years focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations—including the ICC and the American Wood Protection Association—is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.

 

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403

Directions and Parking 

The event will be on the Level One of the MCC through the 2nd Avenue South entrance.

Multiple Parking Garages connected or in close proximity to the Convention Center.

Parking is available on Third Avenue directly east of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Early Bird 6:00-8:00 am $7.50

Parking usually costs $6-20. Visitors can catch a cab from any hotel or hop on our public transportation system. METRO light rail and bus fares range from $1.75 to $3 based on time of day. If you’d rather stay inside while walking, our eight-mile, climate-controlled skyway system is perfect.

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.

Midwest Wood Solution Fair – Minneapolis, MN

For questions or additional information , please contact Dawn Veach at 404.394.4197 or .