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Modern School Construction in the PNW: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood

March 15, 2017 – 8:30 am - 1:30 pm


Portland, ORPortland, OR


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

Course Description

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers 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. Recent PNW school projects, both new facilities and additions, will be used to illustrate common challenges and successful solutions. Following this discussion, an experienced contractor will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings realized on PNW wood-frame school projects.

Content Rating: 1 (low) to 5 (high)

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Topics & Speakers

An Architectural and Engineering Guide to Design of Modern Wood Schools

Ricky McLain, P.E., S.E., 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 from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and is 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.

Successful Solutions: Examples of Wood Frame School Projects – New Construction and Addition

Joseph Mayo, AIA LEED AP, Mahlum Architects

Joseph Mayo is an architect in Seattle and author of the book Solid Wood: Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design. His portfolio encompasses AIA award winning schools and student housing projects, as well as university academic and health care projects. An advocate for the use of mass timber, Joe has worked with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development and Washington State non-profit Forterra to lead investigations into the use of wood that transcend current building codes. He has also been a jury member for wood design awards, served on local and national AIA Committees, co-authored a research paper exploring the economic viability of tall wood buildings, and assisted in teaching mass timber courses.

Implementing Budget Solutions for Schools: Construction Cost and Scheduling Benefits of Using Wood

Mitch Neeley, Neeley Construction

Mitch began his construction career at 16 years old working as a laborer on project sites for his family firm, Neeley Construction. After high school he earned a Construction Management degree from WSU and then worked for Lydig Construction in Spokane for 10 years. While there, he developed his management knowledge and leadership skills first in the role of project manager and eventually in management of the Special Projects Group, generating annual revenue of over $20MM. In 2009 he returned to Puyallup to help manage Neeley Construction and continue the family legacy. Equipped with the foundational appreciation of honesty and hard work and strong management skills, he has focused on steady growth and consistency in delivery of projects, as well as company modernization.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204

Parking is $7 per day

Map & Directions

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:

Courtney Rouse, Event Manager
Email: Ph: 803-804-4918


15 March 2017
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, OR 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.