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Modern School Construction: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood

June 17, 2016 – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Houston, TXHouston, TX


Onsite check-in:  8:00 am
Program begins:  8:30 am
Program concludes: 1:00 pm

Modern School Construction: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood

This course is intended for structural engineers and architects seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame school construction, as well as a demonstration of the benefits realized through the use of wood in school facilities. Architectural design and detailing topics relevant to school construction will be discussed, including durability, fire and life safety, and allowable school sizes, configurations and construction types. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will be covered, as will options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. Following this discussion, a former school district Director of Construction and Planning will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings. High-energy performance and associated cost benefits will be reviewed in the context of wood’s thermal performance and use in optimal building envelope systems. Developed in response to the frequent need for budget reduction measures in school construction, this course will present designers with the information necessary to confidently utilize wood framing as a cost-saving measure in school projects.

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Presentations & Speakers

An Architectural and Engineering Guide to Design of Modern Wood Schools – Ricky McLain, MS, PE, SE, 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. 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.

Implementing Budget Solutions for Schools: Construction Cost, Schedule and Energy Efficiency – Jim Hansen, RJH Solutions

Jim is Director of Construction and Planning Emeritus for Bethel Public Schools, the 14th largest school district in Washington State. During his 42 years’ experience in public school construction and planning, he has been a project manager and estimator for private construction firms, project manager with the Alachua Public Schools in Gainesville, Florida, and Facilities Planner and Assistant for Support Services with the Puyallup School District in Pierce County Washington. Jim was also part of a core team of professionals in the State of Washington that helped develop green building standards for public schools. Under his leadership, Bethel School District has constructed school projects exceeding $1 billion, including 10 schools built to the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
2019 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056


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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 Dawn Veach at  or 404.394.4197


17 June 2016
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Maggiano’s Little Italy – Houston
Houston, TX 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.