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2014 Chicago Wood Solutions Fair

May 22, 2014 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Rosemont, ILRosemont, IL


Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Please note: AIA/CES LUs are HSW unless indicated LU only after the course description.


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. Discussion will include how to prevent shrinkage-induced issues such as drywall cracking, window frame wracking, and compromised plumbing lines.

Douglas R. Steimle, P.E.: Doug is a senior level structural engineer with 17 years of experience at Schaefer, a national structural engineering firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a recognized expert in the design of tall wood and hybrid-frame buildings for multi-story mixed use, residential, and hospitality buildings. Doug fosters the Schaefer culture by always bringing an innovative approach to challenging client ideas while delivering smart solutions. He also has extensive experience investigating existing buildings and recommending reinforcements or modifications for safety and code requirements. Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997 and is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Experience Wood: Empowered to Experiment
Barbara Bell, FPInnovations
The use of wood as a finishing material creates a special connection between the building and its occupants due to its biological context and natural variability. The visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory experience is rooted in the way trees grow. Examining the “experience of wood” from a scientific perspective, this session will provide a guide to the use of wood-based finishes on attributes such as hardness, reflectance of visual surfaces, grain patterns, light conditioning, acoustics, color, humidity control, and more. Attendees will be empowered to experiment and vary the use of wood in their architectural designs.

Barbara is currently working as an Innovation Support Specialist at FPInnovations, Canada’s R&D organization for the forest products sector. Her background is in industrial design specializing in the forest products sector. Barbara has been working within this sector for 14 years in the area of new product development.

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.


Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining
Michael Malinowski, AIA, Applied Architecture, Inc.
This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don’t comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for reasons that include: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries and the resolution of interpretation differences. Project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. Permit streamlining concepts will also be discussed.

Michael F. Malinowski has been providing adaptive historic re-use, urban infill, affordable housing, single family residential, and commercial revitalization design solutions for 34 years as principal of Applied Architecture Inc., Sacramento CA. Some projects of note include the WAL (Warehouse Artist Lofts, 2015), a mixed Use Adaptive Reuse of a National Register Sacramento Landmark; Galt Place (2011), mixed use urban infill with a widely published wood podium design; Globe Mill (Sacramento CA, 2008), historic adaptive reuse of an abandoned grain mill and silo complex. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Mike has been involved with the AIA for more than 35 years. Prior to his election to the National AIA Board, representing some 86,000 members, Michael served as VP Communications for AIA California Council. A volunteer with the City of Sacramento for decades, Michael has chaired its Development Oversight Commission, Preservation Board, and Design Review Boards.

EPDs and HPDs: Opportunities within LEED v.4 and Green Globes
Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners, Inc., Bowyer & Associates, Inc.
User-friendly product transparency and life cycle assessment tools facilitate exploration of design alternatives and lead to environmentally better buildings, while freeing design and
engineering teams from adherence to long lists of prescriptive provisions. Two of these tools, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), are being used to improve environmental impacts and occupant environment. This presentation will provide an overview of these tools, including what goes into their development, what they reveal, and how to use them effectively. Opportunities for applying EPDs, HPDs and LCA provisions within LEED v. 4, Green Globes and other green building standards will also be explored.

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.

Energy Code Compliance: Wood-Frame Buildings and the IECC
Andrew Klein, PE
This presentation focuses on the challenges of meeting 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements in modern wood-frame buildings, as well as related design considerations. Topics will include the code’s scope, content and significant changes since the 2009 edition. Compliance path options will also be discussed in the context of building systems and features.

Andrew Klein is a consulting engineer who specializes in building and energy code compliance. He is involved in national-level committee work and building code development with the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


Wood in Corporate Architecture: Epic Systems Campus
Chad Clow, AIA, Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Epic Systems’ 2 million-square-foot corporate campus includes 13 office buildings occupied by more than 6,000 employees. Epic is one of the world’s largest medical software companies, and the design of its campus was intended to create a playful, creative environment amidst the seriousness of software design. Inspired by rural Wisconsin, timber is used throughout as both structure and finish and contributes to the character and warmth of campus buildings. This case study presentation will demonstrate the use of wood in large-scale corporate architecture, highlighting unique applications, solutions to design challenges, and wood’s ability to create intriguing spaces.

Chad J. Clow, AIA is a Principal of Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Detailing Considerations for Multi-story Wood Frame Construction
Lisa Podesto, PE, MS, WoodWorks
This seminar will provide an overview of detailing issues related to the design of four- and five-story wood-frame buildings under the International Building Code (IBC). Provided by an expert in wood design and engineering, it will cover common detailing choices related to fire and life safety, such as detailing at exterior walls, as well as balconies and shafts. Examples of various building configurations and site layouts will be used to illustrate common detailing choices.

Lisa Podesto is a California licensed professional engineer and Senior Technical Director of Architectural and Engineering Solutions. Prior to joining the WoodWorks initiative, Lisa was a Project Manager and Design Engineer specializing in wood design. She earned her BS in General Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and her MS in Civil Engineering (emphasis in structural engineering) from San Francisco State University. She is the past State Chair of the Structural Engineers’ Association of California Sustainable Design Committee, and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute and the In

ternational Code Council.

Durable Design: Lessons from Historic Wood Structures
Matthew B. Bronski, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
While modern construction techniques are helping designers achieve increasing levels of building performance, durability is one objective that can benefit from lessons of the past. This presentation is based on an independent research project that examined the durability of historic wood buildings in Rome in the context of their construction details. Undertaken by the speaker, Matthew Bronski, over ten months, the project included hands-on study of about two dozen historic buildings ranging in period from the first century B.C. to the early 1900s. Through project examples, Bronski will offer a compelling diagnosis of durability successes and failures, while sharing a series of lessons and principles that can be used to design more durable enclosures.

Matthew Bronski P.E. is an Associate Principal in the Boston office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), and serves as the national Practice Leader for Preservation Technology across SGH’s six nationwide offices. Since joining SGH in 1995, his practice has focused on investigating and diagnosing the causes and consequences of building envelope and structural problems in historic and contemporary buildings, and designing sensitive and appropriate repairs, restorations, or rehabilitations to solve those problems. Matthew is an instructor in the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and served for 13 years as co-chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the Boston Society of Architects. In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to be awarded the Rome Prize. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of Architecture and M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.


Code Conforming Wood Design
Paul Coats, PE, CBO, American Wood Council
This presentation is based on a new publication which summarizes allowable wood use in buildings in accordance with the 2012 IBC. Titled Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), the document features an overview of the design flexibilities permitted for wood in non-residential and multi-family construction and should not be considered a replacement for the building code. However, CCWD and this presentation will help engineers, architects and building officials better understand how wood can be used in a variety of applications related to heights and areas, use of sprinklers, fire resistance, and exterior and interior finishes per Chapters 5 through 9 of the IBC. Participants may download a complimentary copy of the CCWD at:

Paul Coats, PE, CBO, is the Southeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces recognized design standards such as the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. Experienced in building inspection, plan review, consulting, and engineering, Paul routinely assists designers and code officials while staying active in national and regional 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.

Significant 2012 IBC, NDS and 2008 SDPWS Changes
Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, M.ASCE, American Wood Council
This course will provide a brief overview of significant building code and standard changes

related to non-residential and multi-family wood building design and will give context to current allowances as well as future code pursuits. Topics will include recent International Code Council (ICC) and American Wood Council efforts related to code advancement, and the latest changes to the IBC, National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®) and Special <Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS).

Michelle Kam-Biron joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2012. She currently serves as Director of Education. Before joining AWC, she was Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for WoodWorks. She has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects in various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Michelle has authored and contributed to several publications on the use of structural wood products as well as presented throughout the nation on the topic. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. She is the current Treasurer and past Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and a volunteer on the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Board.

Offset Diaphragms and Shear Walls
Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks
Lateral force resisting systems in today’s structures are more complex than they were several decades ago, incorporating multiple horizontal and vertical offsets in the diaphragms, multiple irregularities and fewer lateral resisting elements. This two part presentation will provide a brief review of the method used to analyze these complex structures.

Part I (morning) – Topics will include code requirements, how to recognize diaphragm irregularities and discontinuities, how shears are distributed through complex diaphragms, the method of analysis used to solve the transfer of forces across areas of discontinuity, and the analysis of flexible wood sheathed or untopped steel decking diaphragms with horizontal offsets.

Part II (afternoon) – This session will cover how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that are typically created by these diaphragms.

Terry Malone is a licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon, conducted third-party structural plan reviews and has served as a faculty member at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 35 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. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill and ICC. He is a member of the Structural Engineers’ Association of Arizona and the International Code Council.


Architectural Alternatives: Post-Frame Building Systems
Dr. Harvey Manbeck, PE, National Frame Building Association
Architecturally, post-frame buildings can resemble any other building, so much so that it’s increasingly difficult to identify a post-frame structure. This presentation will provide an overview of post-frame construction and its benefits,

such as cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, durability and sustainability. Topics will include structural features that make post-frame systems unique, two basic design approaches, and design resources. Project examples will be used to illustrate key performance characteristics and architectural alternatives.

Dr. Harvey Manbeck, P.E., is professor emeritus at Penn State University, where he taught wood structural engineering and building systems engineering for nearly 30 years. He has published over 340 technical articles, and chaired the standards-writing committee that developed the first nationally-recognized engineering practice on diaphragm design of post-frame buildings.

Preservative-Treated Wood: Use and Specification
Butch Bernhardt, Western Wood Preservers Institute
In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can help ensure a building’s durability. This presentation will focus on the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products, and how preserved wood is used. Topics will include types of treatments and 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 discussion will cover current issues concerning treated wood in construction.

Butch Bernhardt is the program and communications manager for the Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI) based in Vancouver, Wash. Bernhardt has provided product support and education on wood products for nearly three decades. His responsibilities at WWPI include product education, technical publications, standards, distance learning and digital design tools for preserved wood products. Bernhardt holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is the third generation in his family to work in the wood products industry.

Connection Solutions for Wood-Framed Structures
Robert Clark, APA – The Engineered Wood Association
This seminar will feature a discussion of common fastener types, how design values are determined for each, and relevant wood connection philosophies. Topics will include the orthotropic nature of wood, commodity and specialty connectors and the use of small diameter fasteners in portal frames and combined shear and uplift systems. Techniques for designing efficient, durable and structurally safe connections will also be discussed, along with tips for minimizing environmental effects on wood connections.

Robert Clark, is a Senior Engineered Wood Specialist for APA – The Engineered Wood Association based in Dundee, Michigan. Bob holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining APA in 1999, he worked for architectural product companies designing and manufacturing SIPs, clean-room systems, medical support systems, and recreational buildings. During his tenure at APA, Bob has specialized in training and education on building durability and moisture management techniques, IRC wall bracing requirements, engineered wood floor framing, green building and advanced framing techniques.

An Introduction To Structural Design Of Post Frame Buildings
Dr. Harvey Manbeck, PE, National Frame Building Association
This program begins with an overview of post-frame building systems and key concepts for their structural design. Information is presented from a conceptual as opposed to equation/computational standpoint. Design methods for post-frame systems with and without diaphragm action will be discussed, wi

th a focus on the former. The presentation will show how a simple yet powerful and readily available computer program, DAFI, determines the proportion of design lateral loads that are carried to ground by the individual post frames and the proportion carried to ground by the roof diaphragm and shear walls. The program then shows how the isolated post foundations are designed to resist lateral and uplift forces.

Dr. Harvey Manbeck, P.E., is professor emeritus at Penn State University, where he taught wood structural engineering and building systems engineering for nearly 30 years. He has published over 340 technical articles, and chaired the standards-writing committee that developed the first nationally-recognized engineering practice on diaphragm design of post-frame buildings.

Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood: A Primer
Butch Bernhardt, Western Wood Preservers Institute
For some applications, building codes allow the use of wood providing it is fire-retardant-treated (FRT). This presentation offers an overview of FRT wood in the U.S., including specific references under the IBC, available products and examples of typical use. It will explore how treatments are impregnated into the wood, how the preservatives offer fire 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.

Butch Bernhardt is the program and communications manager for the Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI) based in Vancouver, Wash. Bernhardt has provided product support and education on wood products for nearly three decades. His responsibilities at WWPI include product education, technical publications, standards, distance learning and digital design tools for preserved wood products. Bernhardt holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is the third generation in his family to work in the wood products industry.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of six credits (one per attended seminar). Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.
Please note: AIA/CES LUs are HSW unless indicated LU only after the course description under the Program tab.

Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 692-2220

Parking: 9600 William St, Rosemont (West of Convention Center) $13

Enter through north doors marked “Conference Center”

For questions or additional information , please contact Jaime Krohn at or (312) 841-8272.


22 May 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.