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2016 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

September 14, 2016 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Houston, TXHouston, TX

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.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

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PLENARY SPEAKER – Sustainable Forestry in Texas: Generating Revenue, Creating Jobs

Hughes Simpson, Texas A&M Forest Service

Hughes Simpson coordinates the agency’s Water Resources and Ecosystem Services programs. In this position, he provides statewide leadership on water resource and environmental issues, forest sustainability, and market-based conservation initiatives. This includes pursuing funding mechanisms, maintaining contact with the regulatory community, monitoring forest policy issues, strategic planning, and directing personnel and resources to achieve program objectives. Hughes earned a BS in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University.

ROOM 1

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

From Isolated Pavilions to Boutique Hotels: The Power of Wood Solutions

Tenna Florian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Lake|Flato Architects, Michael Britt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,Lake|Flato Architects

Tasked with designing an open-air pavilion for the Dixon Water Foundation, Lake|Flato Architects utilized wood to create a structure that reflected both the natural prairie surroundings and the client’s resource conservation ideals. Chosen for its simplicity, beauty and sustainability, exposed timber framing helped the 5,400-sf Betty & Clint Josey Pavilion in Decatur, Texas, achieve Living Building Challenge certification, widely regarded as one of the highest hallmarks of sustainability. Lake|Flato also decided to incorporate wood—and mass timber in particular—into a 70,000-sf hotel/condominium complex in Austin, which includes three Type V mass timber buildings of two, three and four stories. This presentation will focus on the design and details of these unique structures, as well as the code approval process.

Tenna Florian has over 18 years of experience designing highly sustainable projects that successfully merge with their natural environment. She has been active in developing green initiatives for many communities and for the firm. As an AIA Board Member, she initiated the first Sustainable Urban Design Luncheon, now in its sixth year, and she is also currently the District 1 Representative and Chair for the City of San Antonio’s Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee. Tenna’s work includes the Naples Botanical Garden Visitor Center in Florida; the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve Master Plan in West Virginia; and the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion in Decatur, Texas — the ninth certified Living Building Challenge project in the world.

Michael is a Project Architect at Lake|Flato. He earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Gifted with a keen eye for detail, Michael oversees projects in the firm’s Eco-Conservation sector. He draws design inspiration from photography and considers cycling, fly fishing, and bird watching to be some of his favorite hobbies. Michael’s current projects include the Comal Springs Conservation Center in New Braunfels, Texas and the Magdalena Hotel and Condominiums in Austin, Texas.

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

Building the T3 Minneapolis Office: Seven Stories of Success

Lucas Epp, BASc, StructureCraft

One response to the growing cultural demand for local authenticity, sustainability and social connectivity in urban office environments is the T3 (Timber, Transit and Technology) Minneapolis 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.

Lucas leads the engineering department at StructureCraft. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, he spent several years working for StructureCraft, where he was responsible for modeling large-scale timber projects such as the iconic roof structure of the Richmond Olympic Oval. Following a desire to work abroad, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he designed projects that included cable nets for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and a 300-meter (984-foot) tower in Kuwait. He then moved to New Zealand, where he worked on several seismically challenging projects prior to returning to Canada. Lucas’s expertise with complex geometry and challenging structures has led him to be involved in projects where the close interaction of architecture and structure is critical to success.

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

More with Less: An Overview of the First CLT Hotel in the US

Jeff Morrow, Lend Lease

The availability of cross laminated timber (CLT) in the US is causing some designers to rethink traditional construction practices—and one progressive development company is helping to lead that charge. For the recently completed Candlewood Suites Hotel at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Lend Lease explored the use of CLT for improved construction efficiency and performance. The four-story, 62,688-sf project utilized CLT for nearly all floor, roof and wall framing, making it the first mass timber hotel in the country. This presentation will review the economic, environmental and social benefits realized through the use of CLT on this project, and address CLT’s viability as a market changing technology. Lessons learned during the design and construction processes will be discussed, as will some of the perceived hurdles and associated solutions related to using CLT as a whole building system.

Jeff Morrow is a Program Manager for Lend Lease specializing in construction. Prior to leading the construction of new Lend Lease hotels for the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, he was Senior Project Engineer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he pioneered new approaches to energy and resource conservation in Lend Lease’s groundbreaking Zero Energy Homes project. This project provided a creative and viable strategy for achieving real change in the environmental impact of Lend Lease buildings. Jeff earned a BS and MS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University. In 2013, he was recognized by Professional Builder Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ awards.

ROOM 2

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 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 International Code Council (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

The Role of Control Layers in Building Enclosure Design

Colin Shane MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc.

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM

International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

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

Based on the American Wood Council (AWC)/ICC publication, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), this presentation provides insight into the 2012 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, 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 Senior Director of Education for the 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 and has served on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. 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. She is the incoming Chair of the ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee and is the Past-President of the SEA of Southern California.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Advanced Detailing Techniques for Building Enclosures

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 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) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. 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.

AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Introduction to the American Wood Council’s 2012 NDS® and 2008 SDPWS

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

The AWC’s 2012 National Design Specification® (NDS) for Wood Construction and 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) are referenced in US building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. The current editions, designated ANSI/AWC NDS-2012 and ANSI/AF&PA SDPWS-2008, were approved as ANSI American National Standards in 2011 and 2008 respectively. This presentation will provide an overview of design provisions included in these documents, including those related to connections, gravity load design and shear walls and diaphragms.

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California-licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the 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 and has served on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. 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. She is the incoming Chair of the ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee and is the Past-President of the SEA of Southern California.

ROOM 3

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

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 CLT) 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.

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

Lateral Design of Mid-Rise Wood Structures for Wind Loads

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks

As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives with mid-rise structures—one of which is effective performance when subject to wind forces. This presentation examines design processes for lateral framing components, which are critical to the design of code-compliant mid-rise wood structures subject to wind loads. Topics in this highly technical presentation will include wind loads paths, stacked multi-story shear walls, accumulated shear wall forces and deflections, discontinuous shear walls, and anchorage of shear walls to concrete podium slabs.

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 from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the SEA 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.

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

Construction of Large Low-slope Roofs: Faster, Safer, Lower Cost

Peter “Hoppy” Post, Panelized Structures Inc.

Panelized construction techniques are often used to improve quality and tighten schedules for a variety of project types. This presentation highlights a specific type of panelization for large commercial structures with low-slope roofs, one that has transformed warehouses and distribution centers throughout the western US. These panelized roof technologies are growing in popularity in the southwest as industrial infrastructure anticipates a shift in maritime trade routes with the Panama Canal expansion. Learn how the country’s largest industrial panelized roof contractor uses this system to dramatically reduce a project’s schedule while improving job site safety and minimizing costs.

Peter “Hoppy” Post is President of Panelized Structures Inc., which is the largest industrial wood roof construction company in the western US. Having founded Panelized Structures in 1989 to focus on all-wood roof systems, he approached Vulcraft in the early ’90s and developed a hybrid steel/wood roof system that is now used on more than 75% of the flat warehouse/commercial/industrial roofs on the west coast. He is a founding member of the Roof Erector’s Association.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

Parking:

Multiple Parking Garages are in close proximity to the Convention Center.  Attendee Driving Directions & Parking Map.  Prices range from $10 – 22.

The event will be on the Level 3 of the George R. Brown CC through the Avenida de las Americas entrance.

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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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For questions or additional information please contact Dawn Veach at  or 404.394.4197.

Details

Date:
14 September 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

George R. Brown Convention Center
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.