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2015 Northeast Wood Solutions Fair

September 16, 2015 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Danvers, MADanvers, MA

Free

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.

Click here to download the Fair Brochure.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

ROOM 1

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

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 environmentally-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.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Building as Teacher:  Designing with Nature

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, Bensonwood

Built and opened to students in 2012, Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus is an innovative model for place-based environmental education. From campus and building design and construction to curriculum design, topics will include concepts that helped the campus achieve “net zero” targets, biophilic wood-based design inspirations, student experiences monitoring the buildings’ energy performance, living in and caring for the space, and the ripple effects of student experiences during the first two years of operation.

Randall Walter, AIA LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and Company Steward of the design/build firm, Bensonwood. From high-performance homes to schools, restaurants, studios and barns, Randall has created over 200 custom buildings throughout the US. Randall earned a Bachelor of Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Keene State College, teaching design studios, architectural history and a biennial design/build practicum.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Durable Design: Lessons from Historic Wood Structures  (This course replaces Energy and Environmental Performance of 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 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. Since joining SGH in 1995, his practice has focused 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 BS in Civil Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of Architecture and MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

ROOM 2

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM

Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options

Bernhard Gafner, P.Eng, MIStructE, CEng, Dipl. Ing., Fast + Epp

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. This presentation provides an overview of available mass timber systems, with an emphasis on their advantages and unique design considerations. Topics will include connections and fasteners, which differ from those used in light-frame wood construction, including available options and code requirements. Practical design considerations with regard to project location, climate, material sourcing, weather and fire protection, as well as detailing for dimensional variability, will also be reviewed. Cost estimating will be discussed, as successful mass timber projects require a complete understanding of both the system itself and impact on trades.

Bernhard has a decade of international building design and construction experience, having worked in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. He has a degree in Timber Engineering from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers in BC, and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK. He offers a unique skill set in the field of structural engineering due to his hands-on experience as licensed carpenter. While possessing expertise in timber engineering, Bernhard is proficient in all major building materials. He believes in using the right material for the right project. He has an excellent track record in developing concepts for structural systems and connection details—creating innovative and cost-efficient solutions.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM

Building Enclosure Fundamentals and Best Practices for Wood-Frame Buildings

Colin Shane M.Eng., P.Eng., RDH Building Sciences Inc.

Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures for mid-rise buildings using traditional light wood-frame construction. Differences in enclosure design associated with taller wood-frame buildings using mass timber products will also be reviewed.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Engineer at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Sciences Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America. He has broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

John “Buddy” Showalter, P.E., American Wood Council 

Based on the new American Wood Council/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 American Wood Council design standards and other publications in relation to the IBC. Participants may download a complimentary copy of the CCWD at: http://www.awc.org/codes/ccwdindex.html.

Buddy Showalter joined AWC staff in 1992 and currently serves as Vice President of Technology Transfer. His responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Mass Timber Building Systems: Case Studies

Tanya Lüthi, M.SC.ENG., P.E.(CA), Fast + Epp

Mass timber construction uses large prefabricated wood members such as cross laminated timber and glue-laminated timber. These products, combined with a heightened awareness of wood’s carbon benefits, have focused attention on the possibility of “tall wood” and large area wood buildings. Mass timber building systems and techniques have been successfully proven in projects worldwide. This presentation provides an analysis of three recently built mass timber projects in Canada: a 30,000-square-foot commercial building; a 10,500-square-foot hospital addition; and a 110,000-square-foot commercial building—which underwent a cost comparison with steel and concrete alternatives. The solutions used in each building illustrate the adaptability of mass timber to a variety of design considerations and constraints.

Tanya graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor in Politics in 2000 and proceeded to graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Tanya worked as a teaching assistant for the Engineering Department and as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas while completing her Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and graduated from the Structural Engineering program in 2005. Tanya gained experience working with New York-based Leslie E. Robertson Associates R.L.L.P as a Design Engineer, and was promoted to Associate in 2009. She joined Fast + Epp in 2011 and was appointed Associate in 2015

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Building Enclosure Details and Assemblies for Wood-Frame Buildings

Colin Shane M.Eng., P.Eng., RDH Building Sciences Inc.

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices with references from technical guidelines and case studies. Finally, the critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies (i.e., walls, roofs, balconies, windows, foundations) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. A series of details and case studies will be presented for each.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Engineer at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Sciences Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America. He has broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

ROOM 3

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, APA

A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. Test results from the (8’x 12′) full-scale wall configurations, in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC, were used to develop and refine rational design methodologies in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). This presentation provides an update of that research with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. Rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC (and California Building Code) will be shared.

Karyn Beebe is an APA Engineered Wood Specialist serving the Southwest. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, Beebe graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Her duties include consulting with designers on the efficient specification of engineered wood products in construction. She is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and the US Green Building Council, and serves as Past President for the San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC. Prior to joining APA, Beebe worked as a structural engineer and structural plan reviewer for the San Diego building department.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM

Fire Retardant-Treated Wood: The Basics

Kris Owen, Independent Consultant

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 International Building Code, available products and examples of typical use. This session will explore how treatments are impregnated into the wood, how some FR Treatments offer preservative 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 has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 years 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.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

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 structural engineer with expertise in the design of multi-story wood-frame buildings for residential and hospitality occupancies. He also has extensive experience with existing building investigation, retrofit and modification. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, and is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and South Carolina.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Preservative-Treated Wood: Use and Specification

Kris Owen

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 current issues concerning treated wood in non-residential and multi-family construction will be discussed. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app.

Kris Owen has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 years 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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923

Parking:  The Doubletree Boston North Shore offers complimentary parking.

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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.

For questions or additional information , please contact Jaime Krohn at  or 312-841-8272.

Details

Date:
16 September 2015
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

DoubleTree Boston North Shore
Danvers, MA 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.