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Mid-Atlantic Q3 Lunch Seminar Series: Wood Building Design & Durability

July 9, 2015 – 9:30 am - 12:45 pm


Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA


Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register today to secure your seat.

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 9:00 am
Workshop Begins: 9:30 am
Program Concludes: 12:45 pm

An Overview of Wood Building Design

This presentation will provide a review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. It will begin with a discussion of wood science, including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties. Structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads, including bending, shear, deflection, vibration, tension, compression and connections, will then be introduced, along with common wood-frame lateral force-resisting systems and the components included in wood shear walls. Architectural considerations associated with wood framing will be examined, including fire protection and sprinklers, construction types, acoustics, and building envelope. Design and detailing best practices for wood-frame buildings will also be explained in an effort to highlight elements that play an important role in the construction process and ultimate building performance.

Design Considerations for Durable Wood Structures

With proper design, detailing and specification, wood structures can provide long and useful service lives while also offering a reduced environmental footprint. The key is careful planning and understanding of environmental loads and other external factors likely to impact a building over its lifetime. This presentation provides an overview of considerations related to durable wood design, including moisture management techniques, preservative treatment specification, and details for controlling termites.

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse
1426-28 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 10102
Ph: 215-246-0533

Click here for map and directions.

Parking:  Garages available at 15th and Sansom Streets $28

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits.

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  or 708-204-9578.


9 July 2015
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Event Category:


Del Frisco’s – Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 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.