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CEUs – Video

Umass Building DesignUMass Design Building: Elevating Mass Timber with Innovative Solutions – WoodWorks (2018)

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building. From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

Optimized designOptimized Design, Efficient Construction: How One Company Successfully Constructed a Massive Timber Project – WoodWorks (2018)

This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US – a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, shares information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources. Insights will cover preconstruction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details are also discussed.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

Building Enclosure Design imageBuilding Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components, and Assemblies – WoodWorks (2018)

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.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

offsite-wood-construction-clipOff-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future – WoodWorks (2017)

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.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

aspen-art-clipAspen Art Museum: Design and Construction of the Wood Roof Structure – WoodWorks (2017)

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shiguru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame rook. 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. This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

mt-building-systems-clipMass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options – WoodWorks (2017)

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, practical design considerations, and cost estimating.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

evolution-fire-life-safety-clipThe Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes – WoodWorks (2017)

This presentation will cover techniques for mitigating fire damage and reducing fire spread while describing how an understanding of code intent can be used to demonstrate equivalent fire performance when wood solutions lie outside typical code-approved applications.

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

nlt-solution-clipExploring Efficient Design for a Mass Timber Office: The Nail Laminated Timber Solution – WoodWorks (2017)

Presented by the timber specialists responsible for such iconic structures as the Richmond Olympic Oval, this presentation explores the aesthetic potential and efficiency of nail-laminated timber systems, while touching on relevant engineering, manufacturing and erection techniques used in other timber projects. Examples demonstrate opportunities for prefabrication and erection techniques, while emphasizing the importance of efficient structural engineering, product choice, connections and fasteners to creating economical timber structures. Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

nlt-solution-clipThe Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge – WoodWorks (2017)

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. Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit

forests-and-forest-products-clipForests and Forest Products – WoodWorks (2017)

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?

Earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit