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Mixed-Use & Multi-Family: Designing Wood-Frame Buildings for Occupant Comfort

March 9, 2017 – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA


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

Course Description

Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the International Building Code, but it’s very important to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover designing high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, minimizing floor vibration and methods for meeting or exceeding energy-efficiency objectives. Details and code provisions will be presented for each topic, along with example projects featuring real-world issues and solutions. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

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Scott Harvey, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Phoenix Noise & Vibration

Founder and president of Phoenix Noise & Vibration, Scott has been working in the field of acoustics for 31 years. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he began his career with Bruel & Kjaer instruments as a field applications engineer. Since 1990, he has been devoted to the field of acoustical engineering as it applies to the building industry. He is board-certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineers, a licensed professional engineer in Maryland and Virginia, and holds memberships with the Acoustical Society of America, the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and the National and Maryland Societies of Professional Engineers.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED®, Architect

Peter is a registered architect, sustainability consultant, author, and speaker based in Greensboro, North Carolina. A 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, his multi-faceted work has focused on principles of energy, environment, and sustainability since the 1980s, well before “green” architecture was popularized. His 38-year career includes design and planning for a wide range of public and private clients on governmental, educational, health care, residential, and religious buildings. He shares his experience regularly at seminars and conferences, and has published hundreds of articles. Mr. Arsenault has served at local, state, and national levels of the American Institute of Architects and US Green Building Council (USGBC), led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) programs across the U.S., and is a member of the Advisory Board of the AIA+2030 series.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
1426-28 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Parking: Several parking garages available nearby.

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You can find the presentations at our Presentation Slides Archive page just prior to the event.

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

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


For questions or additional information please contact:

Mary Schramka, Event Manager
Email: Phone: 708-204-9578


9 March 2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 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.