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Structural Design for High Winds: Engineering Course for Non-Residential and Multi-Family Wood Buildings

October 7, 2015 – 7:45 am - 3:30 pm


Orlando, FLOrlando, FL


On-site check-in: 7:00 am
Workshop begins: 7:45 am
Workshop concludes: 3:30 pm

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Course Description

This course is intended for structural engineers and building designers seeking a full system understanding of design steps, considerations and detailing best practices related to the wind-resistive design and analysis of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. Developed in response to the fact that engineering curricula does not typically include a wood design course, it provides an overview of relevant 2014 Florida Building Code (FBC) provisions and American Wood Council (AWC) referenced standards, a discussion of common design errors, and guidance related to load path continuity, shear walls, diaphragms, and uplift restraint. Topics covered in detail include:

  • Lateral load path continuity and detailing
  • 2014 FBC and AWC referenced standards applicable to wood-frame wind-resisting systems
  • Design and stiffness assumptions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible diaphragms
  • Diaphragm deflection and design of components such as chords and collectors
  • Shear wall design methods, including segmented, perforated and force transfer around openings
  • Design of shear wall components, including holdowns and drag struts
  • Prescriptive wood-based lateral framing options
  • Uplift-resistant design solutions, including combined shear and uplift
  • Out-of-plane wall design for wind loads, including tall walls, gable end walls, and tall walls with large openings, as well as deflection criteria for a variety of wall finishes
  • Multi-story wood-frame design example for high winds, including accommodation of accumulated forces and deflections as well as design and detailing for wood’s interface with concrete podiums and foundations

Attendees can expect a top-to-bottom discussion of all aspects of wood-frame wind-resisting systems.


Lori Koch, P.E., American Wood Council 

Lori is a Project Engineer with the American Wood Council, where she assists in the development of codes and standards, answers helpdesk inquiries, provides outreach and education, and generally promotes the use of wood in safe and sustainable buildings. After earning a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and an MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, Lori worked as a forensic structural engineer with SK&A in Washington, DC. She then enrolled at Virginia Tech, where she earned a Master of Forestry degree in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products (now the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Bryan Readling, P.E., APA

Bryan represents the engineered wood products industry through the trade association, APA, where he provides support to builders, architects and engineers regarding the proper design and construction of structural wood systems.  During over 25 years representing APA, Bryan has observed and reported on more than 250 callbacks related to improper installation of engineered wood products, and has spoken to thousands of design and building professionals about how to avoid construction defects.  Bryan is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina with an MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. Before joining APA in 1990, he worked as a consulting structural engineer designing waterslides and large custom homes.

Ricky McLain, P.E., S.E., WoodWorks

Ricky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is a Technical Director of Architectural and Engineering Solutions for the WoodWorks program. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer for a New England-based consultant, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and is a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.

Maggiano’s Little Italy – Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr
Orlando, FL  32819

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Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.  CEUs are FBPE board-approved.

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 Dawn at or 404.394.4197.


7 October 2015
7:45 am - 3:30 pm
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Maggiano’s LIttle Italy – Orlando
Orlando, FL 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.