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Big Buzz on Tall Wood in Massachusetts

May 10, 2016 – 9:00 am - 1:45 pm


Waltham, MAWaltham, MA


Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register today to secure your seat.

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 8:30 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Program Concludes: 1:45 pm

Big Buzz on Tall Wood in Massachusetts

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many architects in the Northeast are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of tall mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support. Finally, members of the design team for the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, an 87,500-sf mass timber project currently under construction on the Amherst campus, will share insights regarding the design process and lessons learned to date for one of the first mass timber projects in Massachusetts.


Marc Rivard, PE, SE, New England Regional Director, Woodworks

Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in the State of California, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer in California with 13 years of experience primarily involving seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications and construction administration services for a wide variety of projects including public schools and libraries, churches, state park facilities, multi-family and single family custom homes, universities, commercial and retail buildings, NASA operational facilities, and military housing and operational facilities.

Tom S Chung AIA LEED BD+C , Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Tom S. Chung AIA, LEED BD+C is a Principal and design leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of AIA Firm Award in 2007. In over 20 years with the firm, he has been the primary designer for a number of prominent award-winning projects, including the Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and most recently the Design Building at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which will be the first composite CLT Mass Timber building in the United States. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the US, Tom received his degrees in Architecture at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Tom has taught design studios at Northeastern University School of Architecture and currently teaches a graduate design studio at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Peggi L. Clouston, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Clouston has been working in the field of structural wood design and engineering for over twenty-five years. As an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, she teaches structural timber design, bio-based building composites and material mechanics/tectonics for architects, engineers and construction technologists. With over 60 publications to her credit, she conducts research on the structural behavior and efficient use of sustainable, bio-based composite materials. Current topics include wood-concrete composite systems, laminated veneer bamboo connections, innovative timber design, and computational modeling of structural bio-based composites. Dr. Clouston has been a registered professional engineer (APEGBC) since 1992 and Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 2001. She serves on numerous national review panels and committees and is founder and coordinator of the UMass Wood Structures Symposium.

Alexander C. Schreyer,, dipl.-ing., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Combining backgrounds in structural engineering, wood science and digital design, Mr. Schreyer’s interests span the entire range of planning and design of buildings and structures. He specializes in the design and construction of heavy timber structural systems. This is complemented by a strong interest in computer applications and web-based solutions in structural engineering, construction and architecture. Mr. Schreyer is Program Director and Senior Lecturer in the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recently, he published the book Architectural Design with SketchUp (John Wiley & Sons), which provides a beginner- to intermediate-level overview of various techniques to “do more” with the popular 3D modeling application, Trimble SketchUp.

Embassy Suites Waltham
500 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451

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Free Parking.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Contact Mary Schramka at  or 708-204-9578.


10 May 2016
9:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Embassy Suites – Waltham
Waltham, 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.