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2016 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair

May 17, 2016 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Oakland, CAOakland, CA


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.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – NUDGE: Dramatic and Lasting Change One Small Step at a Time 

Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, President of the American Institute of Architects California Council, Applied Architecture Inc.

Current president of the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC), architect Michael Malinowski will discuss how designers can act as agents of change, making small, consistent movements over time to achieve a more sustainable, efficient and beautiful built environment. For more than 40 years, Michael has provided adaptive historic re-use, urban infill, residential/affordable housing, and commercial revitalization design solutions as principal of Applied Architecture Inc. A number of his projects have been ‘city shaping’ and widely recognized, including, most recently, Sacramento’s historic/adaptive mixed-use project, Warehouse Artist Lofts. He has held numerous positions within AIA, including National Director and AIACC Vice President Communications and Public Affairs. He also founded the Streamline Institute, a 501c3 non-profit devoted to facilitating more efficient and effective regulatory processes for shaping the national built environment.



Code Compliance for Fire Resistance-Rated Assemblies in Light-Frame Buildings

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

Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California-licensed structural engineer and Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she oversees and develops continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials. She 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. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and member of the ICC. She serves on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education Committee and Continuing Education Committee as well as the ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee. She is President of the SEA of Southern California and serves on the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Industry Advisory Council.


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 the 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.


Walls, Balconies and Assembly Intersections: Advanced Enclosure Detailing Techniques

Colin Shane MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Beginning with a brief review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices for wall assembly design 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 Manager at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science 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.


Low-Slope Wood-Frame Roofs: Enclosure Design for Durability

Colin Shane MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

This seminar focuses on the effects of design decisions for enclosure components such as insulation and control layers on low-slope wood-frame roofs. Venting requirements and detailing approaches to provide appropriate venting paths will be covered for roofs with attic insulation. Differences associated with roofs having continuous insulation on top of the roof deck will also be reviewed, as will methods for ensuring durability of both the structure and insulation. Presented with a California-focused approach to building enclosure design, discussion will include code requirements, details and case studies in order to illustrate best practices for selecting control layer placement while providing moisture protection and allowing evaporation, with the goal of achieving maximum durability of low-slope wood-frame roofs.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science 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.



Building the Hines T3 Office: Seven Stories of Success

Gerald A. Epp, MEng, PEng, StructEng, PE, M.IABSE, FIStructE, StructureCraft

One response to the growing cultural demand for local authenticity, sustainability and social connectivity in urban office environments is the Hines T3 (Timber, Transit and Technology) project—a seven-story office building with six stories of mass timber, located in the Minneapolis warehouse district. Presented by the timber specialists responsible for such iconic structures as the Richmond Olympic Oval and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, this presentation explores the structural efficiency, cost effectiveness and aesthetic potential of mass timber systems and introduces the use of nail-laminated timber. The T3 project demonstrates how quickly timber structures can be erected with component prefabrication and careful engineering of connections.

Having consulted with leading architects for 35 years, Gerald has developed a keen sense for good architecture in expressed structure. Using the constraints of aesthetics, physics and construction to shape the efficient solution, he has sought to push new frontiers and an experimental approach to engineering, often involving physical testing to prove a connection or concept. Gerald founded StructureCraft in 1998, and has since delivered numerous highly acclaimed structures involving all conceivable types of wood, combined with other materials. Gerald’s projects span three continents, and have won numerous national and international awards. He was named an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in 2010, and recently a Fellow of the IStructE. Gerald is registered as a professional engineer in Canada, and in many American states.


The Bigger Picture: Insight from America’s First CLT Hotel

Doug Steimle, PE, Schaefer

With heavy timber structures on the rise worldwide, the limits of cross laminated timber (CLT) in North America are continually being pushed and new applications found. Join us as we delve into the story of the Candlewood Suites Hotel at Redstone Arsenal, the first CLT hotel in the United States. Learn how the design team utilized the material’s strength, speed of construction, labor advantages and sustainable qualities to achieve success. For those who haven’t had an opportunity to use CLT, this presentation will provide insight on the process, from working with manufacturers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction, to design and detailing considerations, and the potential impacts of CLT on the bigger picture of North American building design.

Doug Steimle, PE, Principal at Schaefer, was challenged by the firm’s vision to “lead the field” in wood construction, becoming a recognized thought leader in cross laminated timber (CLT). In partnership with Nordic Structures and other innovative firms, Doug designed the first CLT hotel in the United States—the Candlewood Suites at Redstone Arsenal. He looks forward to breaking more CLT barriers with multiple projects currently in various stages of design.


The Rising Potential of Mass Timber: Research Results of High-Rise Study

Matthew Timmers, SE, John A Martin & Associates, Andrew Tsay Jacobs, Perkins+Will and Bevan Jones, PE, Holmes Fire

Mass timber high-rise construction is gaining momentum in the United States. Developers are finding that, along with its beautiful aesthetic and sustainable appeal, mass timber is a cost-competitive and schedule-friendly structural material. This presentation reviews a study demonstrating the code-compliant design of a high-rise mass timber apartment tower in Los Angeles. Using the city’s existing 20-story, reinforced concrete Museum Tower as a basis for comparison, the study examines architectural, structural, fire performance, cost, schedule improvements and trade-offs of the mass timber design compared to the original building.

Matthew Timmers, SE, serves as Structural Project Manager for John A. Martin and Associates (JAMA), an internationally recognized structural engineering firm founded in 1953 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. A member of the JAMA staff since 2004, Matt has more than 11 years of experience in structural engineering design and project management of a diverse array of project types and building materials.

Andrew Tsay Jacobs is Director of the Building Technology Lab at Perkins+Will. Originally trained as a structural engineer, he brings a well-rounded design sense and technical acumen to research and projects. Andrew’s research is focused on low-to-no carbon solutions for the built environment. He specializes in tower design and long-span structures for Perkins+Will’s global practice.

Bevan Jones, PE is CEO and Principal of Holmes Fire’s US operations, based in San Francisco. With a background in structural engineering and over 15 years of international experience in performance-based fire safety design, he has consulted on a vast array of assignments from residential design to large infrastructure projects. Bevan enjoys the challenge of applying first-principle-design, holistically, to achieve practical and efficient design solutions.



Lessons in Specifying Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses

Norman Scheel, PE, SE, SECB, Fellow ASCE, Fellow SEAOC, Norm Scheel Structural Engineering

This course is intended for engineers and architects who specify metal plated wood trusses for use in commercial and multi-family building projects. Metal plate connected wood trusses (MPCWT) have long been used as a cost effective method to achieve long spans in roof and floor applications. This presentation will cover shared responsibilities between the design professional of record and the truss designer: the proper specification of design loads, including examples of trusses used as diaphragm chords, and shop drawing reviews. Bracing, large cantilevers, over-framing, sectional trusses, and shear transfer scenarios will also be discussed.

Mr. Scheel’s background includes 10 years with Gang Nail Systems in roles from truss design engineer to Chief Structural Engineer and eight years with Truss Com, a California-based, multi-plant truss fabricator. While working at Truss Com he pioneered the use of prefabricated trusses to resist lateral loads imposed by wind and seismic events. He has more than 34 years of experience as a California structural engineer and has owned his own structural engineering firm since 1989. Scheel is the immediate past president of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). He chaired the NCSEA code committee for 3 years and served on the IBC structural committee. His accolades also include the NCSEA’s 2001 Distinguished Service Award. He is a registered engineer in 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Designing Wood Schools in California: A Perspective from the Division of the State Architect

Ron LaPlante, SE, California Division of the State Architect

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has jurisdiction over all public K–12 schools and community colleges in California. This presentation by a DSA supervising engineer will cover code provisions and design considerations that architects and engineers need to be aware of for wood school projects in the state. Also covered will be lessons learned from a decade of DSA construction oversight that can help attendees successfully navigate the design and construction process for California wood schools.

Ron LaPlante, SE, is a Supervising Structural Engineer with the Codes and Policy Standards Unit with DSA California. He has been at the organization for 10 years, serves as the lead member of DSA’s Structural Statewide Team, and is a DSA Academy instructor. He is active in building code development and is currently a member of the ASCE 7 Seismic Subcommittee. Prior to joining DSA, Ron was a practicing structural engineer focused on seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings and new building design. He earned a BS from California Polytechnic State University Pomona and an MS from University of California Berkeley.


Designing for Wind Loads in High Seismic Regions

Ricky McLain, MS, PE, SE, WoodWorks

In regions of the country where high seismicity tends to control lateral building design, wind loads and their effects on a structure can easily be overlooked. Intended for structural engineers who are well versed in seismic design, this presentation will address the design of wood-frame buildings for wind loads in high seismic regions, with a focus on time saving design tips and best practices associated with the effects of out-of-plane wind forces on wall design and roof uplift. Differences between seismic and wind loads will be highlighted, along with several rules of thumb that can be applied when considering which force should control. Wall design for out-of-plane wind loads will be presented as a straightforward three-step process with unique considerations and options for wood-frame tall walls. Calculations for magnitude of roof uplift wind loads will be reviewed, as will tips for minimizing their effects on the structure below while maintaining load path continuity.

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. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and 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.



Durable Design: Lessons from Historic Wood Structures

Matthew B. Bronski, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

While modern construction techniques are helping designers achieve increasing levels of building performance, durability is one objective that can benefit from lessons of the past. This presentation is based on an independent research project that examined the durability of historic wood buildings in Rome in the context of their construction details. Undertaken by the speaker, Matthew Bronski, over ten months, the project included hands-on study of about two dozen historic buildings ranging in period from the first century B.C. to the early 1900s. Through project examples, Bronski will offer a compelling diagnosis of durability successes and failures, while sharing a series of lessons and principles that can be used to design more durable enclosures.

Matthew Bronski PE is an Associate Principal in the Boston office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), and serves as the national Practice Leader for Preservation Technology across SGH’s seven nationwide offices. Since joining SGH in 1995, his practice has focused on investigating and diagnosing the causes and consequences of building envelope and structural problems in historic and contemporary buildings, and designing sensitive and appropriate repairs, restorations, or rehabilitations to solve those problems. Matthew served for 13 years as co-chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the Boston Society of Architects. He has served as an invited guest lecturer or guest critic in architecture or historic preservation courses at numerous universities, including Harvard, MIT, and Yale. In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to be awarded the Rome Prize. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of Architecture and MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.


Exposed Wood in Fire-Resistive Applications

David Barber, Arup

For buildings, the fire resistance of structural elements is a code-stipulated requirement often dictated by the construction type chosen rather than building materials used. Wood structures are unique in that they can be unprotected while still providing a level of fire resistance. However, both designers and jurisdictions tend to be unfamiliar with this approach. This presentation will cover the use of a variety of exposed structural wood products (solid sawn lumber, nail-laminated timber, glue-laminated timber and cross laminated timber) in different fire-resistant applications for construction Types III, IV and V. Discussion will include implementation of char calculations, considerations for connections, and information on when calculations or fire tests are required for proving fire resistance in these scenarios. With a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions, attendees will be able to confidently pursue exposed wood for their projects.

David is a Principal with Arup, based in Washington, DC, where he works as a fire protection engineer. He has been involved in the research and design of timber structures for over 20 years, assisting with testing and development of new timber technologies, authoring fire safety design guides for construction, working with wood product suppliers and completing fire safety design for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. David assists architects, engineers and contractors with timber designs, and also works with timber product developers. He is currently working with the project teams for the two US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winners, Framework in Portland, OR and 475 W 18th Street, in New York.


Carbon Implications of Construction Material Selection

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

Carbon emissions have come to the forefront of public discourse and increasingly, of public policy. This presentation will focus on the objective of minimizing carbon emissions associated with building construction and operation. The carbon implications of building material selection will be examined, using examples of real world projects and material comparisons to illustrate the extent to which a building’s carbon footprint is influenced by the construction materials used. Emissions linked to buildings will be discussed in the larger context of carbon and climate, with consideration of the current vs. historical situation, tools for assessing carbon liberation, carbon equivalency, fossil vs. atmospheric carbon, CO2 sequestration, and implications of potential carbon regulation for materials selection and building design.

Dr. Jim Bowyer is Professor Emeritus at the 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.



RMI’s Progressive Office Design: Efficient, Sustainable and Adaptable

Justin Brooks, LEED AP BD+C, ZGF Architects LLP

When the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an entrepreneurial nonprofit think-and-do tank driving the efficient use of energy and resources, determined to build a new office building, wood was a natural choice. Completed in 2015, RMI’s new Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado was required to meet ambitious goals: utilize sustainable construction materials while providing a net-zero, adaptable, commercial office building with a 100-year design life in one of the country’s harshest climates. Both light-frame wood construction and mass timber were chosen for their ability to simplify and reduce structural systems, meet energy efficiency and natural daylight requirements, and utilize locally sourced materials. This case study presentation will examine wood’s role as both structure and finish in this 15,600-sf office building.

During his 12 years of professional experience, Justin Brooks has been involved with projects of varied scales and types ranging from laboratories and hospital towers to embassies and ambassadorial residences for the US Department of State. Most recently he was the project designer for RMI’s high-performance Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado. Since graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Justin has held leadership and mentoring positions including: co-chair of the Young Designers Core of Boston; advisory board member of the Community Design Resource Center; team leader for pro-bono services provided to the Griffin House, a nonprofit women’s rehabilitation center in Boston; and co-chair of the Young Design Professionals group of ZGF.


Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, Bensonwood

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, off-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of off-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to off-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of off-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed.

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.


Aspen Art Museum: Design and Construction of the Wood Roof Structure

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.

Greg 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.

Oakland Marriott City Center/ Oakland Convention Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607


Discounted parking rate of $24 at the Oakland Convention Center. Parking garage entrances are on 11th Street and Clay Street. Valet parking is available at the Oakland Marriott City Center entrance.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)0.1 miles from the Oakland Convention Center.

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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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17 May 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94607 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.