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September 9, 2014 – 8:00 am - September 12, 2014 5:00 pm


Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD


WoodWorks to present at CONSTRUCT Baltimore!

Show Dates & Hours

Education: September 9-12, 2014

Exhibits: September 10-11, 2014

On-Site Registration Hours

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Event Description

September 9, 1:30-3:00 pm Education Session

Maximizing Value for Mid-Rise Construction

Lisa Podesto, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks

There is a nationwide increase in the demand for mid-rise buildings, including senior living, apartment/condominium, and affordable and mixed-use commercial/residential developments. Wood-frame construction is attractive for these buildings because it offers high density at relatively low cost, while providing other benefits such as construction speed, adaptability and a low carbon footprint. This presentation focuses on how to achieve maximum value for a variety of mid-rise configurations—such as walk-up with tuck-under parking, wrap-around (also known as the Texas donut), and the ever-popular podium design. Common structural design challenges are considered, as is the need for coordination related to fire/life safety, acoustic, building envelope and constructability requirements. The presentation begins with a discussion of heights and areas, including base tabular amounts as well as increases allowed under various provisions of the International Building Code. It introduces best practices for accommodating wood shrinkage and focuses on how common challenges affect structural detailing. Detail examples include an exterior wall-to-floor intersection and balconies.

Learning Lounge Schedule

Introducing CLT: New Opportunities for Timber Construction

Lisa Podesto, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks

Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code-related considerations will also be discussed.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-frame Schools

Archie Landreman, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks

Through a series of case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how schools districts across the US have shown leadership in their choice of structural material and imagination in their building designs to achieve both performance and cost objectives. The choice of materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment—which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. Among the case study projects is El Dorado High School in Arkansas. When the initial steel and masonry design came in well over budget, the project team switched to wood construction, saving $2.7million. In Washington State, the Bethel School District’s use of wood framing for 23 facilities allowed it to reduce construction costs while achieving national recognition as an ENERGY STAR leader. Another example, the Duke Lower and Middle Schools in North Carolina, exemplifies the use of exposed wood to create a warm and enriching learning environment while achieving goals related to energy and acoustics. Through these and other inspirational projects, this highly pictorial presentation will showcase The range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood-frame schools.

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems

Terry Pattillo, Regional Director, WoodWorks

There is a quiet revolution going on in Europe, Canada and now the US—a revolution that will likely change the way architects here view structural wood building systems. As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Architects are using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems. Case study examples of innovative projects in throughout the world will be used to demonstrate how and why these products and systems are providing exposed wood structural solutions. Make no mistake—these examples are not your grandfather’s traditional heavy-timber-style buildings. These are creative, imaginative structures designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits.

Mid-Rise and Beyond: The Growing Landscape for Mid-Rise and Taller Wood Buildings

Archie Landreman, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks

The use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is innovative in its ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the issue of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant urban environments. A renewable resource, it can also help meet the sustainability requirements of even the most stringent green building rating systems, while offering the additional benefit of carbon sequestration.

The innovative use of wood is in fact changing the skyline. Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of case studies, this session will showcase recently completed projects that illustrate this trend. Topics will include current code allowances for mid-rise wood buildings, design strategies and environmental performance. Discussion will also touch on the international trend toward even taller wood buildings, made possible by emerging research and the development of advanced wood products and technologies.


Baltimore Convention Center

1 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21201

WoodWorks Learning Lounge is Booth #149

Learning Lounge Credits:

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 1 HSW credits per Learning Lounge session.

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.


Contact Mary Schramka at .


9 September 2014 @ 8:00 am
12 September 2014 @ 5:00 pm
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Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD 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.