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Designing and Detailing Mass Timber Projects for Acoustic Performance

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Effective acoustic performance is an essential component of successfully designed buildings; however, designing for acoustics in mass timber structures is unique compared to other construction types. As more mass timber structures have been built, the body of knowledge on proven methods for achieving acoustic performance has also grown. This presentation will provide background on the challenges of achieving appropriate sound control in mass timber structures and an overview of key code considerations. Experts will discuss testing requirements, strategies, results, and practical design techniques for meeting acoustic requirements. They’ll also share examples of proven detailing strategies and potential modifications to the details for future projects.

February 14, 2024 | 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
Attendees can Earn 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credit or 0.15 ICC credit


Jessica Scarlett, Regional Director | WoodWorks

Jessica brings to our team her enthusiasm for the construction industry and over a decade of experience in architectural design, structural engineering, project management, and acoustics—having worked on projects across the U.S. and Canada. In joining WoodWorks, Jessica proudly becomes the third generation of her family to work in the wood products industry. A creative and analytical thinker, Jessica thrives when solving complex problems, creating, and talking “all things design.” She holds a Master of Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNC Charlotte. She is based in the Charlotte area. 

Matt Bolen, (BAS, M.Arch, OAA, MRAIC, CPHD) | mcCallumSather

Matt Bolen is a Managing Principal at mcCallumSather, where he combines a deep understanding of conventional construction with advanced research and innovative development initiatives. As a founding partner of Edge Architects (acquired by mcCallumSather in 2024), Matt led impactful projects, including mass timber affordable housing developments, rapid housing initiatives for supportive services groups, and a mixed-use adaptive reuse project, showcasing his commitment to socially responsible architecture.  

Matt is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a certified Passive House Designer. He is also a lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, where he previously did his Master’s thesis, focused on the urban revitalization of mid-sized cities using Kitchener-Waterloo as a case study city.   

Simon Edwards | HGC Engineering

Simon is with HGC Engineering’s Built Environment Division, with acoustical design experience that spans the permitting, design, construction, and post-occupancy phases of residential and commercial buildings. He has extensive experience with mass timber developments, including the first Toronto mass timber building (R-Hauz pilot project) and the acclaimed YW Supporting Housing project in Kitchener, Ontario. Simon is also an expert on sound transmission and a member of the ISO and ASTM Technical Committees on Building Acoustics and a contributing member to the development of ongoing standards that govern industry-wide measurement and calculation methodologies.   

John Mitchell, RA, LEED AP BD+C | Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

John Mitchell is an Associate Partner at Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), a design firm at the helm of several of the country’s most significant mass timber projects. Since joining HPA in 2004, John has led the design team for several of the firm’s mass timber projects, including INTRO and 1036 West Fulton, one of the first multi-story timber office buildings built in Chicago in a century. He is a frequent speaker on wood construction topics and has juried several wood-design competitions for WoodWorks. John holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.

Timber House / MESH Architectures / Photo Travis Mark