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2014 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

November 12, 2014 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Arlington, TXArlington, TX


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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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.

Douglas R. Steimle, PE 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.


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 (ICC) 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 AWC, where she oversees and develops continuing education 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 the Wood Products Council initiative 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 is President-elect of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California.


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 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).



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. Mary is a graduate of University of Nebraska with a MS 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 as well as bridges.


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 ICC.


All-Wood and Hybrid Panelized Roof Systems

Hoppy Post, Panelized Structures Inc.

Although panelized roof systems are especially popular in industrial building applications on the west coast, they can be used to reduce building costs in retail, commercial and office applications all over the US. Learn why panelized roof systems are so cost-effective, where they’re most advantageous, and how to efficiently design and install them. Other topics will include detailing for structural considerations, fire protection, performance, and constructability.

Peter (Hoppy) Post is President of Panelized Structures Inc., which is the largest industrial wood roof construction company in the western US. Having founded Panelized Structures in 1989 to focus on all-wood roof systems, he approached Vulcraft in the early ’90s and developed a hybrid steel/wood roof system that is now used on more than 75% of the flat warehouse/commercial/industrial roofs on the west coast. He is active with the American Institute of Timber Construction, and a founding member of the Roof Erector’s Association.



Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining

Michael F. 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 for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries, code conundrums, political problem solving 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. Mike has been active with Permit Streamlining for nearly two decades; including Chair of the City of Sacramento’s Development Oversight Commission. During Mike’s tenure the City went from dead last in regional customer surveys to number one. He has also served on the Preservation Board, Design Review Boards, and in AIA leadership for decades, presently a member of the National Board of Directors. In 2012, Michael launched a PermitStreamline.Com to support and promote the leadership role of architects across the country in implementing streamlining measures appropriate to their local communities, complementing his public speaking on the topic in cities across the country.


The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builder’s Perspective

Charles Judd, Blue Heron Timber Works

The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross laminated timber (CLT). With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

A timber framer for more than 20 years, Charles is the owner of Blue Heron Timber Works in East Tennessee. For the past 10 years, Charles has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. He also recently completed the CLT installation at the Franklin Elementary School project in Franklin West Virginia. He has participated in national and international timber-frame projects, teaches workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and is a member of the Timber Framers Guild.


The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems

Scott Lockyear, 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 will be used to demonstrate how and why these products and systems are providing exposed wood structural solutions.

Scott Lockyear is Senior National Director of WoodWorks, where he has held a number of roles since the program’s inception. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he managed technical support for Weyerhaeuser’s Southeast Division. Scott has been involved in codes and standards development with the American Wood Council—for example in roles such as, lead engineer in the development of the 2001 Wood Frame Construction Manual and implementation of a performance-based code for use in Taiwan. He is an associate member of the ASCE 7 wind and main committees, and has been published in Structure, Wood Design Focus and the Building Safety Journal.



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, PE, 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.


Sustainable Designs: Western Red Cedar

Paul Mackie, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA)

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.

Paul Mackie is the Western District Manager for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. Known as “Mr. Cedar,” he is a fourth-generation lumberman and one of North America’s foremost authorities on western red cedar as a building material.


Meeting Fire Codes with OSB

Bob Palardy, LP Building Products

This presentation will provide an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing for wall and roof sheathing applications. Topics will include its structural and performance properties and contribution to enhancing the sustainable built environment.

Bob Palardy is Manager of Corporate Quality and Technology at LP Building Products in Nashville, TN. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of structural wood composite panel products, code compliance, and fire resistance. Before joining LP in 2003, Mr. Palardy held positions at Michigan Technological University and J.M. Huber Corporation.


Modern Post-Frame Structural Design Practices: An Introduction

Dr. Harvey Manbeck, PE, National Frame Building Association

This session is intended for architects and designers who want to understand basic structural design methods for an engineered post-frame building system. Without delving into engineering details or calculation procedures, it covers components of the post-frame building system, as well as key structural design concepts. Two approaches are highlighted in particular: one for post-frame systems without diaphragm action, the other for post-frame systems with diaphragm action. Procedures for designing isolated pier foundations for post-frame buildings are also discussed, as are technical resources available to design professionals.

Dr. Harvey Manbeck, PE, 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.

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX  76011

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The Arlington Convention Center offers 600 on-site parking spaces at $5.00/Car. Additional parking adjacent is also available.

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12 November 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Arlington Convention Center
Arlington, TX 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.