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2014 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

August 27, 2014 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Washington, DCWashington, DC


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

Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar).  AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

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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.



The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

Brian Court, AIA, LEED AP, The Miller Hull Partnership

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building recently completed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy-efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after one year of occupancy prior to certification, against criteria that include 100% of energy demands met with on-site renewable energy generation and 100% of water needs met by on-site rainwater collection. 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.

Bringing a strong sense of design to projects and a passion for buildings that are finely tuned to their regional and climatic influences, Brian has served as the lead architect for numerous single and multi-family urban infill projects, large institutional and higher education projects. Brian led the performance-based design effort on The Bullitt Center and in 2013 received the AIA Seattle Young Architect Award. Brian attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia for his undergraduate degree and the University of Washington for his Master’s in architecture.


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.



Forests and Forest Products

Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.

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 environmental-friendly choice?

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Kathryn Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.


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 (LCA) 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 specific 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).



Experience Wood: Empowered to Experiment

David Fell, PhD, 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.

David is the Research Leader for Market Research at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked as a market researcher in the field of building products for close to 20 years. In recent years he focused on the visual applications of wood inside and outside of buildings, which led to his most recent field of study, the health effects of wood and other natural materials in the built environment. David completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in wood science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from the University of Alberta.


Walls that Work: Detailing for Performance

Mary Uher, MS, APA

With wall systems serving so many functions in a building, they can be a challenge to effectively design. As a part of the structural and thermal envelopes, wood-frame walls are vital to building performance. Structural design must be balanced with the need for door and window openings and, at the same time, detailed to limit water and air infiltration. This program focuses on how to maximize wall performance while reducing cost through a combination of new design methods and time-tested details.

Mary Uher is an Engineered Wood Specialist for APA – The Engineered Wood Association, serving the Mid-Atlantic states. She is a graduate of University of Nebraska with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structures. Her duties include consulting with designers and end users on the efficient specification, selection and use of engineered wood products. Prior to joining APA, Mary worked as a consulting engineer on a variety of projects, including commercial structures and bridges.


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, PE, 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. His practice focuses 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 MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.



International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, M.ASCE, American Wood Council (AWC)

Based on the new AWC/International Code Council publication, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), this presentation takes the mystery out of International Building Code (IBC) parameters for wood in non-residential and multi-residential construction. Topics will include maximum building sizes (participants will receive pre-calculated tables for eight occupancies, with and without frontage and sprinkler increases); alternatives for establishing required fire resistance; special provisions for pedestal buildings; precautionary recommendations for buildings under construction; criteria for finishes, exterior coverings, appendages, and other wood features; and the use of AWC design standards and other publications in relation to the IBC. Participants may download a complimentary copy of the CCWD

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she is in charge of providing continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials. Prior to joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for WoodWorks. She also has over 20 years of experience managing, designing and plan reviewing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering and currently serves on the ARCE department’s Advisory Board. In addition, she will be the President-elect of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California in July 2014.


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. The discussion will include solutions to shrinkage-induced construction issues such as drywall cracking, window frame wracking, and compromised plumbing lines.

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 occupancies. Doug fosters the Schaefer culture by bringing an innovative approach to challenging client ideas while delivering smart solutions. He 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.


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 2 (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. More than 20 project examples will be showcased 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

Kris Owen, 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. In this presentation, participants will learn about the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products and their differences, and how preserved wood is used in construction. Topics will include types of preservative treatments and the required 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 residential and commercial construction. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app.

Kris Owen is Manager, Codes and Standards for Arch Wood Protection, Inc. He has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the National Association of Home Builders, National Frame Builders Association and Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.


Sustainable Designs: Western Red Cedar

Steve From, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

This presentation will include some information basic to lumber and forest products while it features the nature of the western red cedar lumber, the benefits unique to these products, and how they are appropriate for incorporation in any sustainable design. The presentation will also touch on information about western red cedar lumber grades, installation and finishing. Forest certification will be discussed, and reasons why using western red cedar affords your clients the best environmental and sustainable products for their design requirements.

Steve From has been employed in the lumber industry in varying capacities since 1972, when he began working in sales at a British Columbia sawmill. For the past four years, he has worked for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA), where he provides training to design and building professionals as well as wholesale distribution and lumber retail staff. He has specialized in education related to Western Red Cedar since 1987 and also completed the WRCLA Cedar School in Vancouver. Prior to joining the WRCLA, he held a variety of sales, product management and purchasing director positions.


An Introduction to Structural Design of Post-Frame Buildings

Dr. Harvey Manbeck, PE, National Frame Building Association

This program begins with a description of post-frame building systems and overview of key concepts for their structural design. Information is presented from a conceptual standpoint as opposed to an equation and computational standpoint. Two design methods are addressed: for post-frame systems with and without diaphragm action, focusing mostly 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. It then shows how the isolated post foundations are designed to resist lateral and uplift forces. Technical resources available to design professionals will also be discussed.

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

Kris Owen, Western Wood Preservers Institute

For some applications—such as exterior walls in Type III Construction—building codes allow the use of wood providing it is fire-retardant-treated (FRT). This presentation offers an overview of FRT wood in the United States, including specific references under the IBC, available products and examples of typical use. This session 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.

Kris Owen is Manager, Codes and Standards for Arch Wood Protection, Inc. He has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the National Association of Home Builders, National Frame Builders Association and Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001


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27 August 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Walter E Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC 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.