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2015 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

March 4, 2015 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA


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). CEUs are FBPE board-approved.  AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


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The Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes

Keith Calder, MEng, PEng, Sereca

Over the last 80 years, prescriptive height and area limitations have remained relatively unchanged in North American building codes while technological advances and fire service capabilities have improved considerably. Through an examination of historical code development and identification of the risk factors on which codes are based, we can set the stage for a re-examination of public perception with regard to combustible construction. This presentation will cover techniques for mitigating fire damage and reducing fire spread while describing how an understanding of code intent can be used to demonstrate equivalent fire performance when wood solutions lie outside typical code-approved applications.

Keith Calder has over 15 years of experience in the application of building codes, fire safety standards, performance-based design and forensic analyses. He has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia in Fire Protection Engineering and is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Use and Egress and Joint Task Group on Combustible Construction for the National Building Code of Canada. With a focus on research and the development of complex alternative solutions, he has amassed a vast knowledge of the development, interpretation and application of North American building codes. Keith has provided code analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a site specific building regulation for a tall wood building constructed in British Columbia, as well as changes to the 2006 British Columbia Building Code to allow for buildings of combustible wood frame construction to be 5 and 6 storys in building height.


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.


Building Enclosure Design: Best Practices for Wood-Frame Buildings

Colin Shane, MEng, PEng, RDH Building Sciences Inc.

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

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. Colin has a 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.



Wood-Framed School: A Case Study of Possibilities

Blake Dunn, AIA, NCARB, CADM Architecture, Inc.

This case study presentation will review the possibilities of wood-frame schools by providing an in-depth look at the design and construction of a 322,500-square-foot, $44 million high school in El Dorado, Arkansas, completed in 2011. Attendees will learn how wood framing impacted not only the pedagogy of the new school but also assisted to alleviate financial constraints in the project. A thorough review of how wood framing was used to create large, open, inviting spaces—including a 165-foot primary gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium, dining area, and two-story “main street corridor” with 23-foot-wide hallways and skylights that bring in natural light—will be provided. Safety considerations will be discussed, and the unique visual appeal that exposed wood framing provides will be demonstrated.

Blakely C. Dunn, NCARB, AIA, is president of CADM Architecture, Inc., a seven-person, 78-year-old architectural firm in El Dorado, Arkansas, specializing in educational, institutional, healthcare, and senior living design. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he has designed projects in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. He was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Architects between 1999 and 2010, and served as its president from 2002–2006. He has been a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) since 1999, and was elected to their Board of Directors in 2007. Blake served as the 2013–2014 President and Chair of the Board of NCARB, and served a two-year term on the Board of the Arkansas AIA.


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 building’s 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.


Design is in the Details: Solutions to Common Mid-Rise Design Challenges

Matthew S. Church, PE, Davis & Church, LLC

This session will use recent mid-rise projects to examine a variety of design solutions for multi-story wood construction. Discussion will focus on areas of design and detailing that often challenge designers of Type III and Type V mixed-use projects—such as designing wood and masonry shaft walls, connecting 2-hour rated walls to 1-hour rated floor/ceiling systems, and balcony construction—and offer possible solutions. Opportunities and advantages to using cross laminated timber in mid-rise buildings will also be explored.

Mr. Church is a licensed Professional Engineer in the field of Structural Engineering with an extensive background in multi-family and mixed-use projects. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Brigham Young University and currently holds registration in several states including California, New York, Texas and Florida. He is a principal partner in the firm of Davis and Church, LLC established in 2003 and located in Alpharetta, Georgia.



The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builders Perspective (This course replaces Redux: Re-Examining Wood’s Role as a Sustainable Material)

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. 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 former 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 Application of Traditional and Modern Heavy Timber Connections

R.L. “Ben” Brungraber, PhD, PE, Fire Tower Engineered Timber

The selection of heavy timber connections can be challenging, even for designers experienced with these types of building projects. This presentation will provide a thorough discussion of traditional and modern heavy timber connectors and connections, including their design and application. Topics will include some of the connection types and methods used to repair or reinforce existing heavy timber members, such as wooden pegs, wooden wedges, and fully-threaded screws. Discussion will also include a review of European connectors and their selection for specific design applications including cross laminated timber.

Ben Brungraber has a Master of Science from Colorado State University in Timber Structures and a PhD in Mortise and Tenon Joinery from Stanford, which to his clients’ collective relief, explains the nickname Dr. Joint. Before partnering in his own design and engineering firm, Fire Tower Engineered Timber, he taught at the University of Connecticut and worked as an engineer for Benson Woodworking Co. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Timber Frame Guild of North America.


Energy Code Compliance: Wood-Frame Buildings and the IECC

Andrew Klein, PE, CEM, A S Klein Engineering, PLLC

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, PE, is the principal of A S Klein Engineering, PLLC, a professional engineering firm located in Pasco, Washington. As a Chemical Engineer, Andrew’s career began with plans examinations and inspections for code compliance of high-hazard occupancies and the processes and storage that occur within them. As energy management grew as a primary focus of facility managers and developers, Andrew’s responsibilities expanded to include energy code compliance. Now a Certified Energy Manager, he has helped facilities understand and manage their energy costs as well as obtain compliance with applicable energy codes and desired above-code programs. Andrew is involved in national-level committee work and code development with the International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Plumbing and Manufacturing Officials.



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 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.


LEED v4 and Credits for Wood Use

Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners, Inc., Bowyer & Associates, Inc.

This presentation examines changes in the latest version of LEED (LEED v4) and their implications for wood use. Particular attention is given to the Materials and Resources section of the standard, where the greatest changes have been made. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs)—both of which are prominent within LEED v4—are explained, and their use, as well as potential issues associated with their use, are discussed.

Dr. Jim Bowyer is Professor Emeritus, 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.


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.



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 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 at

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Director of Education for the AWC where she oversees and develops continuing educational 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 is President-elect of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California.


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.


Sustainable Designs: Western Red Cedar

Jay Poppe, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

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, as will reasons why using western red cedar affords your clients the best environmental and sustainable products for their design requirements.

Jay Poppe is a recent addition to the WRCLA staff of cedar specialists. From 1997 to 2003 he served as president of JKR Inspection Services where his company provided residential and commercial inspection services for US Inspect in the Chicago market. In 1998 he was named Inspector of the Year by US Inspect on behalf of the relocation industry. For the last 10 years he has served as the Executive Director of an Arkansas Habitat for Humanity affiliate, acting as the builder for their last 50 new home projects and leading projects that raised over 5 million local dollars to support building projects and program services.


Wind Resistant Design Considerations for Wood-Frame Structures

Bryan Readling, PE, APA

The overall strength of a building is a function of all of the components—roof, walls, floors, and foundation—working together as a unit. This session will provide a top-to-bottom overview of lateral design for wood-frame structures with a focus on wind resistant detailing. Topics will include lessons learned from natural disasters, load path continuity, and updates to the IBC affecting structural design. The course will feature damage photos taken by the speaker after numerous field observations after hurricanes and tornados.

Bryan Readling, P.E. represents the engineered wood products industry through the trade association APA, where he provides support to builders, architects and engineers on proper design and construction of structural wood systems. In over 25 years representing APA, Bryan has observed and reported on more than 250 call-backs related to improper installation of engineered wood products, and has spoken to thousands of builders and about avoiding construction defects. His articles on construction defects and wind-resistant construction have appeared in Fine Homebuilding, JLC, and Builder magazine. Bryan is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. Before joining APA in 1990, Bryan worked as a consulting structural engineer designing waterslides and large custom homes.


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, Tennessee. 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.

Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

Getting to the GICC from MARTA

If you take the MARTA rail, you will want to disembark at the Atlanta airport station. From the Atlanta airport station, walk outside and across the street to the ATL SkyTrain station, and board the free ATL SkyTrain. Make the quick ride on the ATL SkyTrain to the GICC station, take the elevator down and you will be steps from our front door.

The GICC offers a discounted rate on Self-Parking Rates — $8.00 per day

Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). CEUs are FBPE board-approved.  AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

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For questions or additional information , please contact Dawn Veach at  or (404) 394-4197.


4 March 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, GA 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.