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Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: May

May 20, 2015 – 11:00 am - 2:10 pm





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

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 10:30 am
Workshop Begins: 11:00 am
Program Concludes: 2:10 pm

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural 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 in Europe are already using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S.

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 Canada, New Zealand and Europe will also be used to demonstrate how to use and apply these products and systems. 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. By showing how architects in Europe and Canada are pushing the boundaries, we hope to help architects here gain inspiration to blend structure back into architecture using mass timber and other wood systems.

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

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. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood frame schools.

Aberdeen Barn
2018 Holiday Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Ph: 434-296-4630

Click here for map and directions.

Free Parking at restaurant.

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.


20 May 2015
11:00 am - 2:10 pm
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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.