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2015 Northwest Wood Solutions Fair

November 19, 2015 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Seattle, WASeattle, WA

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.

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SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

ROOM 1

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

Western Red Cedar: Durable, Sustainable, and Beautiful

Paul Mackie, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

Western Red Cedar is a material of choice for many building designers due to its natural durability and aesthetic appeal. This presentation will review Western Red Cedar building products and discuss appropriate applications in sustainable building design. As Western Red Cedar can be used as both structure and finish material, a review of structural properties, lumber grades, appearance options, installation and finishing will be included. Recent case study projects will be featured throughout the presentation in order to highlight the versatility of Western Red Cedar both in terms of its use and capabilities.

Paul Mackie is the Western Area Manager for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. Known as “Mr. Cedar,” he is a fourth-generation lumberman and one of North America’s foremost authorities on Western Red Cedar as a building material.

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

Forests and Forest Products

Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director, 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?

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 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 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.

ROOM 2

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

International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, M. ASCE, Director of Education, American Wood Council

Based on the new American Wood Council (AWC)/International Code Council publication, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), this presentation provides insight into the 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 during 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: http://www.awc.org/codes/ccwdindex.html.

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California-licensed structural engineer and Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC), where she is in charge of providing continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials.  Prior to joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for WoodWorks-The Wood Products Council.  She also has over 20 years of experience managing, designing and plan reviewing a wide range of projects in various structural materials.  Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering and serves on the ARCE department’s Advisory Board.  She is President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California.

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

Heights & Areas: Using Software to Ease Building Code Analysis

Ara Sargsyan, CBO, PE, LEED AP, City of Los Angeles

This session will focus on the “Check Height and Area” software that reviews and analyzes building height and area compliance with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), for buildings up to six stories, with up to four occupancy groups at each level. This user-friendly application is created for design professionals and building officials to ease building code analysis. Step-by-step instructions will be provided and common issues related to height and area limitations will be illustrated with examples of actual mixed occupancy group, multi-story buildings.

Ara Sargsyan is an ICC Certified Building Official, Professional Civil Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional and California Licensed General Contractor. He has 15 years of experience with city building departments and over 30 years in the construction industry. Mr. Sargsyan has worked as a Plan Check Engineer/Supervisor, Training Officer, and District Office Manager, and he is currently Chief of the Development Services Case Management office at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. His professional experience also includes building code analysis, structural design, teaching civil engineering courses, and research related to the acoustical properties of building materials. A number of his research works in noise control and building construction have been published and some have been utilized as textbooks. Mr. Sargsyan is a graduate of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.

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

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. Successful project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design.   In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined, with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the ‘public’ side of the counter in a project’s ultimate success.

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 a PermitStreamline.Com 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.

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 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 • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

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.

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.

ROOM 4

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

The Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes

Keith Calder, MEng, PEng, Jensen Hughes

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 argue 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 stories in building height.

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

Meeting Fire Codes with Oriented Strand Board

Bob Palardy, LP Building Products

Building code requirements related to fire and life safety can be challenging for designers, particularly when it comes to proving fire resistance and maintaining structural performance. As such, understanding the applicability of available products can be helpful for designers. This presentation will provide an overview of fire-rated cementitious-coated oriented strand board (FRCC OSB) sheathing for wall and roof sheathing applications. Topics will include its structural and fire performance, available wall assemblies, and contribution to enhancing the sustainable built environment.

Bob Palardy is Manager of Corporate Quality and Technology at LP Building Products in Nashville, TN. 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.       

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

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 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.

ROOM 5

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

Aspen Art Museum – Wood Roof Structure Case Study

Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame roof. Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. The space frame was to have two planes of intersecting diagonal webs of curved members that undulated up and down to touch the planes of the top and bottom chords with no visible connectors. This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, is the president and CEO of KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado, a firm of 65 that includes structural engineers, steel detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys working with design architects on innovative structures, especially in masonry and wood.

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

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.

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.

AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Mass Timber Building Systems: Case Studies

Bernhard Gafner, P.Eng, MIStructE, CEng, Dipl. Ing., 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.

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.

Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA  98101

PH: 206.694.5000

Parking, Metro and Directions:

http://www.wscc.com/parking-directions

Parking at the WSCC is approximately — $18.00 per day (8-10 hours)

Parking is also available at the Hilton Seattle for a fee of $18.00 per day. The Hilton is connected to the WSCC via the Concourse.

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 Dawn Veach at  or 404.394.4197.

Details

Date:
19 November 2015
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 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.