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How to: Intermediate Level Course on Type III and Type V Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Design

February 25, 2016 – 8:15 am - 2:15 pm


Portland, ORPortland, OR


Onsite check-in:  7:30 am
Program begins:  8:15 am
Program concludes: 2:15 pm

How to: Intermediate Level Course on Type III and Type V Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Design

This course is intended for structural engineers and architects who are familiar with the design of low-rise wood buildings up to three stories, or taller buildings constructed of other materials, but are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with 4-6 story, Type III and Type V wood structures. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis will be covered. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to fire and life safety will also be reviewed at length, including floor-to-wall details, shaft walls, fire walls, and the intersection of two rated assemblies. Developed in response to a growing interest in mid-rise Type III and Type V projects, this course goes beyond code provisions and focuses on the “how-to” associated with the design of these wood-frame buildings.

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Scott Breneman, PE, SE, PhD, WoodWorks
Ethan Martin, PE, Northwest Regional Director, WoodWorks
Jon Hall, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C, GGLO Design


Scott Breneman, PE, SE, PhD, is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Architectural and Engineering Solutions Team of WoodWorks-The Wood Products Council. Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise-frame buildings. Scott has experience with the structural design of new single-family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is a Director on the Executive Board of the Structural Engineers Association of California, Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an Associate Member of the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Seismic Sub-committee and Member of the ASCE/SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee.

As the Northwest Regional Director for the U.S. WoodWorks program, Ethan Martin’s directive is providing project assistance, education, and resources for developers, architects, engineers, and contractors for code-compliant design, engineering, and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings.  Ethan is a licensed engineer and joined WoodWorks when the pilot program went nationwide in 2011.  Prior to that Ethan had his own engineering firm for eight years and is a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate of Cornell University specializing in structures.

Jon Hall’s passion for design is driven by a desire to improve our community by creating affordable, environmentally sustainable urban housing. His focus on mixed-use in-city housing complements his interest in working with neighborhoods to design aesthetically pleasing, livable communities. Jon has been with GGLO since 1995 and is certified as a Sustainable Building Advisor and LEED Accredited Professional. In his role as Quality Management Lead, he provides assistance to all project teams on issues of constructability, sustainability, and design implementation.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Portland
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204

Parking: $7 for day parking

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Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH 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 Jaime Krohn at or 312-841-8272


25 February 2016
8:15 am - 2:15 pm
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, OR 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.