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Practical Considerations for Shear Wall Connections and Details

In Light-Frame Wood Structures

Light-frame wood structures typically rely on wood-sheathed shear walls as the lateral force-resisting system to withstand wind and seismic forces. While many resources exist to help engineers determine the load demand on these walls, specific connections and details are often rooted in conventional framing practices that can vary regionally. Whether you are new to multi-story light-frame wood construction or seeking a better understanding of typical shear wall details, this presentation will provide useful information for determining appropriate connections and addressing common challenges. Using a typical exterior shear wall detail, an example shear wall schedule will be developed, showing additional options for consideration. The presentation will conclude by showing how this detail can be extrapolated to other shear wall conditions. 

April 19, 2023 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST
Earn 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credits or 0.15 ICC credits


Ashley Cagle

Ashley Cagle, PE, SE, Technical Director, WoodWorks

Ashley is a licensed professional and structural engineer in the state of California, having worked as a structural consultant in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Spokane, Washington before joining WoodWorks in 2020. While her experience includes a wide range of building types and materials, her specialty during her consulting career was midrise wood-frame construction over podium structures. Throughout her career, Ashley has also been involved in various professional and code-development committees. Ashley received a bachelor’s of science from Cornell University and a master’s of science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Terry Malone

Terry Malone, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director, Mass Timber, WoodWorks

Terry Malone is a licensed civil and structural engineer in the State of Washington and Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions Division. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon and also conducted third party structural plan reviews. He also served as a faculty member at St. Martin’s College (University) in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 40 years of wood design experience and has taken an active role as a presenter providing seminars at state and local ICC chapters and professional engineering organizations with focus on understanding lateral force resisting systems. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Wood Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill, ICC SKGA, and ICC. 

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