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Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Insights on Design and Construction

June 9, 2015 – 8:15 am - 1:00 pm


Boston, MABoston, MA


7:45   Onsite check-in
8:15   Program begins
1:00   Program concludes

Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Insights on Design and Construction

Speaker:  Ron Anthony, Wood Scientist, Anthony and Associates

Understanding the effects of moisture on construction materials is important when designing high-performing, long-lasting buildings. This seminar reviews the response of both structural and finish wood products to various forms of water, and explains how relative humidity and liquid water can impact dimensional stability and durability. The discussion will include means of controlling wood shrinkage and swelling by considering pre- and post-installation environmental conditions and how to reduce the risk of decay. Learn appropriate design considerations for your projects and how to refine your specifications accordingly.

Ron Anthony received an MS in Wood Science and Technology and a BS in Forest Management and Wood Science and Technology from Colorado State University. Prior to forming Anthony & Associates in 1999, he conducted research and consulted on wood properties and the use of wood in construction applications. His efforts have led to applications of resistance drilling and digital radioscopy for quantifying decay in structural timbers and the investigation of hidden conditions. Author of over 100 publications, he has consulted throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the South Pacific. He is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International, Colorado Preservation, Inc., Society of Wood Science and Technology, RILEM, and the Forest Products Society, and chairs the Committee on Forensic Investigation for the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

BSA/Atlantic Wharf
Fort Point Room
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Parking is directly under the building, with the parking entrance off of Congress Street between 280 and 290 Congress Street. After parking, guests should take the 290 elevator to the 2nd floor.

The closest MBTA (subway)/Commuter Rail/Amtrak stop is South Station.

Pay parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage at 280 Congress Street. To inquire about current parking rates, call the garage office at 617-603-7195. Discounted parking is available to BSA Space visitors on weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; before paying for parking at the pay kiosk, bring your ticket to the second floor reception desk. Discounts cannot be applied after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am.

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Click here to download a PDF of the presentation.

Attendees will qualify for 3 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.


9 June 2015
8:15 am - 1:00 pm
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BSA/Atlantic Wharf
Boston, 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.