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Breaking Convention with Timber Offices/ Designing Modern Wood Schools

May 16, 2017 – 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Akron, OHAkron, OH


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

On-site Check-in and breakfast buffet: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 11:00 am

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

Great solutions often lie beyond convention. Consider that most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structure yet very few are, meaning that few take advantage of the speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact associated with wood construction. Many assume the tradition of concrete and steel offices was born of necessity, when in fact wood can accommodate space and performance needs of an office occupancy. Focusing on common design considerations—e.g., layout flexibility, land-use constraints and market classification—this presentation will examine the potential for light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions. Topics will include building code opportunities related to fire and life safety, structural design and layout, and cost.

Designing Modern Wood Schools: A Guide for Architects and Structural Engineers

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers who are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame schools. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to school performance criteria such as durability, fire and life safety, and allowable building size will be discussed. Schools space planning needs will be highlighted as will construction type selection and opportunities for wood use. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will also be covered, along with options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. With an emphasis on budget, this course will present designers with the information necessary to utilize wood framing as a cost savings tool.

Speaker: Terry Pattillo, AIA, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, WoodWorks

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
4000 Medina Rd
Akron, OH 44333
(330) 670-5200

Click here for map and directions.

Parking: Complimentary self parking

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

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


Contact Courtney Rouse at or 803-804-4918.


16 May 2017
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


Fleming’s – Akron
Akron, OH 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.