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Southeast Mass Timber Symposium presented by Georgia Forestry Foundation and WoodWorks

September 26, 2017 – 8:30 am - 4:40 pm


Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA

$1 – $125

Onsite check-in:  8:00 am
Symposium begins:  8:30 am
Symposium concludes: 4:40 pm
Lunch: Included in the price

Exploring Mass Timber Construction in the Southeast

With 22 million acres of commercially available private timberland—more than any other state—Georgia has an opportunity to leverage the growing interest among progressive designers who are looking to timber as a low-carbon alternative to traditional construction materials. This seminar will explore a number of topics associated with the design and construction of mass timber structures. Discussion will cover the structural and fire design of various mass timber systems, as well as two recently-completed projects. Finally, the potential impacts of mass timber on the southeast economy will be examined by considering how forestry, legislation, higher education and infrastructure will all factor into increased use.


Keynote Address – Thomas J. Cunningham, Chief Economist, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Dr. Cunningham manages an internal team that supports the research and advocacy roles of the economic development and public policy departments at the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). A specialist in open economy macroeconomic policy and regional analysis, he joined MAC following a 30-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta—starting as an economist in the Macro policy group and retiring as Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive. A native of Reedley, California, Tom received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master’s degree, master of philosophy, and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

Structural Design of Mass Timber Framing Systems – Tanya Luthi, PE, Fast + Epp

Tanya Luthi is a licensed Professional Engineer and an Associate at the structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp. Although fluent with all structural materials, Fast + Epp is known for projects that incorporate a significant amount of timber. Tanya has designed a wide range of structures in steel, concrete, and wood, including commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Having initially gained experience working with the New York-based firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates, Tanya joined Fast + Epp’s Vancouver head office in 2011 and started the firm’s New York branch office in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Exposed Wood in Fire-Resistive ApplicationsDavid Barber, Arup

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 team for the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winner, Framework in Portland, Oregon.

More with Less: An Overview of the First CLT Hotel in the USJeff Morrow, LendLease

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

Building the T3 Minneapolis Office: Seven Stories of SuccessLucas Epp, StructureCraft

Lucas Epp is a structural engineer with 10 years of experience working in Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. While in London he designed a range of projects and sculptures with world class architects, and developed an expertise in complex geometry and challenging structures. Lucas leads the engineering department at StructureCraft and has been involved in many large-scale timber structures including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Speed Skating Oval. He was lead engineer for the T3 Minneapolis office building and is serving in the same capacity on the 12-story Framework building in Portland.

Georgia Forestry Panel Discussion

William J. de St. Aubin, AIA, LEED AP , Sizemore Group

Bill de St. Aubin has over 25 years of experience leading successful designs involving complex sustainable environments. His process is to collaborate in an open manner with multi-disciplined teams to ensure that aspiring sustainable projects and studies are completed within constraints of the market. He directs each project or town plan to realize the highest aspirations of the community. The results are sustainable environments which provide a sense of heritage, civic pride and community. Often these projects and studies are catalysts for the redevelopment of an entire urban/suburban district.

Andres Villegas, President & CEO, Georgia Forestry Association

Andres Villegas has more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in a variety of positions with Weyerhaeuser, Langdale Industries and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Prior to serving as plant manager for Weyerhaeuser beginning in April 2014, he was the president of Catchlight Energy LLC, a joint venture between Chevron and Weyerhaeuser. He also previously worked for Weyerhaeuser in North Carolina and Uruguay in harvesting logistics and industrial development management roles. Andres received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from The University of Georgia and an Executive Certificate of Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.

Lauren Stewart, PhD, PE, Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Lauren K. Stewart, a renowned expert in blast research, comes to CEE from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Stewart earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where she was a postdoctoral scholar and lecturer. She is also a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow and holds a PE license. Stewart has been involved with many blast and earthquake experimental projects, and also conducted advanced finite element analysis for the World Trade Center 7, AFRL Munitions Directorate small munitions program and programs supported by the Technical Support Working Group. She is considered by many to be among the top blast researchers in the US.

Presented by WoodWorks and the Georgia Forestry Foundation, and sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission and Warnell School of Forestry.


Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center
250 14th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Parking: Parking is available in the parking deck that is located between the GTRI Headquarters Building and the Georgia Public Broadcasting building.

Maps and Directions

You can find the presentations here a day or two prior to the event.

Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits (FBPE-approved)

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

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


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Jaime Krohn, CMP, National Event Manager
Email: Ph: 312-841-8272


26 September 2017
8:30 am - 4:40 pm
$1 – $125
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Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center
Atlanta, GA United States

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