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2017 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

March 22, 2017 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Irving, TXIrving, 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.

The Exhibit Hall will be open 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

ROOM 1

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

Engineering Mid-Rise Buildings: Wood-Frame Structural Design

Scott Breneman, Ph.D., PE, SE, M.ASCE WoodWorks

As urban infill and transit-oriented developments become more prevalent across America, many developers and designers are looking to mid-rise wood-frame construction for its combination of density and cost-effectiveness. Intended for designers who have limited experience with this type of construction, this presentation introduces aspects of engineering, design and detailing particular to wood-frame buildings between four and six stories. Topics include gravity system framing styles, shear wall design, diaphragm analysis, and code provisions for podium construction.

Scott is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Architectural and Engineering Solutions Team of WoodWorks. He has experience with structural design and peer review of projects varying from single-family homes to high-rise hospitals; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings; and advanced analysis and technology development. At WoodWorks, he provides project support to architects, engineers and other professionals designing buildings, oversees the development of technical educational content and educates designers on effective use of wood framing systems. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. Dr. Breneman is a member of ASCE/SEI and past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California.

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

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MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM

Timber-Frame Design: Structural Timber as an Architectural Feature

Jim DeStefano, PE, AIA, F.SEI, DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc.

There is something inherently spectacular about the look and feel of exposed heavy timber. It’s more than a structural system. It’s a natural at creating architectural drama—and is often the most practical, cost effective, and sustainable choice for achieving that objective. This entertaining and informative presentation will demonstrate how heavy timber has been used to great effect on a variety of projects. Emphasizing the need for form to follow function, it will cover traditional vs. contemporary design approaches, how to select the right species and construction type, and available timber systems.

Jim is the president of DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc. located in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a structural engineer and licensed architect with 40 years of experience designing timber structures. Jim has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a founder and past-chairman of the Timber Frame Engineering Council (TFEC) and has served as a Director of the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA), Timber Frame Business Council (TFBC), and Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA). Jim is also past-chairman of the Structure magazine editorial board.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Timber-Frame Design: The Art of Engineering an Exposed Structure

Jim DeStefano, PE, AIA, F.SEI, DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc.

Timber engineering is just as much an art as science, one that is rarely taught in college or part of a young engineer’s professional education. With this presentation, attendees have an opportunity to learn from a timber specialist involved in award winning timber-frame projects throughout the northeast. Topics will include the design of heavy timber trusses, glulam elements, joinery and connections, as well as exterior wall systems and designing for fire protection.

Jim is the president of DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc. located in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a structural engineer and licensed architect with 40 years of experience designing timber structures. Jim has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a founder and past-chairman of the TFEC and has served as a Director of the NCSEA, TFBC, and SIPA. Jim is also past-chairman of the Structure magazine editorial board.

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ROOM 2

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

Sprinklers in Wood-Frame Construction: What Architects and Engineers Need to Know

Brian D. Kuhn Jr., PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Sprinklers are the most common form of active fire protection in multi-family and commercial buildings. However, there is a misunderstanding among many building designers that sprinkler code requirements apply differently to wood-frame buildings vs. other types of construction. This presentation will cover code provisions related to the use of sprinklers in wood structures, including when and where they’re required, how they work, and a summary of differences between NFPA 13 and NFPA 13R systems. Discussion will include the use of sprinklers in concealed spaces (i.e., floor cavities and attics) and at large roof overhangs, ceiling- vs. side wall-mounted sprinkler heads, and area coverage requirements. The session will end with a look to the future of sprinkler technology, with a focus on the role and effectiveness of sprinklers in wood-frame buildings.

Mr. Kuhn is with the fire engineering group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. He is a practicing fire life safety codes consultant with a focus on smoke control systems, fire and egress modeling, and creative building code compliance solutions.

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

Code Compliant Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction

John “Buddy” Showalter, PE, American Wood Council

Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.

Buddy Showalter joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 1992 and currently serves as Vice President of Technology Transfer. His responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He serves as Editor in Chief of the Editorial Board for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and is a member of the Editorial Board for STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

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

Preservative-Treated Wood: Use and Specification

Kris Owen, Independent Consultant

In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can help ensure a building’s durability. In this presentation, participants will learn about the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products and their differences, and how preserved wood is used in construction. Topics will include types of preservative treatments and the required levels of retention, as dictated by the end-use application, desired service life and exposure conditions. AWPA Use Category standards and ICC-ES Report Evaluations will be reviewed, and current issues concerning treated wood in non-residential and multi-family construction will be discussed. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app.

Kris has more than 35 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 20 years focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations—including the ICC and the American Wood Protection Association—is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.

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ROOM 3

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM

Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

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.

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

Off-Site Wood Construction: What, Why, How and the Future

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, Bensonwood

Due to skilled labor shortages, compressed schedules, and the potential for greater quality control, off-site wood construction has become increasingly popular. This presentation will cover the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. An introduction to the different levels of off-site construction and review of associated products and services will be followed by a demonstration of cost and schedule benefits based on real-world projects. A step-by-step process will be presented for designers new to off-site construction, with information on how to find and utilize partners and resources, the integrated design process, and differences compared to traditional on-site methods. Trends and future projections for the use of off-site construction, as well as its advantages, will also be reviewed.

Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and Company Steward of the design/build firm, Bensonwood. From high-performance homes to schools, restaurants, studios and barns, Randall has created over 200 custom buildings throughout the US. Randall earned a Bachelor of Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Keene State College, teaching design studios, architectural history and a biennial design/build practicum.

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

Energy Efficiency: Designing Wood-Frame Buildings for Occupant Comfort

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

This presentation focuses on options for meeting and exceeding 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements in modern wood-frame buildings. Code provisions and significant changes in recent editions will be addressed, as will compliance path options and design considerations unique to wood-frame assemblies. Finally, options for and potential benefits realized by exceeding energy code requirements will be discussed in the context of specific building systems and features. Example details and projects will be included throughout with an emphasis on practical information and maximizing occupant comfort in commercial and multi-family wood-frame buildings.

Peter Arsenault 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, led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team programs across the US, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the AIA+2030 series

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 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.

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ROOM 4

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

UMass Design Building: Leading the Way with Mass Timber Solutions

Tom S Chung, AIA, LEED BD+C, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the US. At four stories and 87,000-sf, this mass timber project, designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting systems, composite cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor systems, and unconventional cantilevered forms. It also includes an open floor plan, exposed mass timber framing throughout, and a composite glulam zipper truss spanning a central commons, with a green roof courtyard above. This presentation by the project’s principal architect will review the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry. Topics will include design, detailing, procurement of materials, code approvals and construction, with an emphasis on issues and solutions.

Tom S. Chung, AIA, LEED BD+C, is a Principal and design leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of an AIA Firm Award in 2007. In over 20 years with the firm, he has been the primary designer for a number of award-winning projects, including the Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and, most recently, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the US, Tom received his degrees in Architecture at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an educator, Tom has taught design studios at Northeastern University School of Architecture and Wentworth Institute of Technology. As a design critic, he serves on design reviews and design award committees throughout the country.

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

Structural Design of Mass Timber Framing Systems

Tanya Luthi, PE, Fast + Epp

Mass timber structural framing systems have high strength-to-weight ratios, are dimensionally stable, and are quickly becoming systems of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the structural design processes associated with a variety of mass timber products, including glulam, CLT, and nail-laminated timber (NLT). Applications for the use of these products in gravity force-resisting systems under modern building codes will be discussed. Other technical topics will include use of mass timber panels as two-way spanning slabs, connection options and design considerations, and detailing and construction best practices.

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. In 2000, Tanya graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, but decided on a career change before beginning graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and graduated from the Structural Engineering program in 2005. Tanya has designed a wide range of structures in steel, concrete, and wood, including commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. She 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 early 2016.

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

Building the T3 Minneapolis Office: Seven Stories of Success

Brian Woudstra, BSc Eng, StructureCraft Builders

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.

Brian is the Business Development / Pre-construction Engineer for StructureCraft Builders, responsible for coordinating preliminary design, costing and modeling in conjunction with other engineers and project managers. He has carried out structural design for several complex timber structures and has extensive experience in timber design, connection engineering, cost estimating, structural detailing, shop drawing review, and procurement of special materials such as castings, cables and coatings.

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ROOM 5

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM

Mass Timber – The Next Generation of Wood Construction

Tom Williamson, PE, FASCE, F.SEI, Timber Engineering LLC

This presentation provides an overview of two products at the heart of the modern mass timber revolution: glulam and CLT. Advantages and unique design considerations associated with these products will be covered, including specification, code compliance, connections, fire resistance and structural design. Modern glulam and CLT applications in North America will be reviewed using project examples. The potential for expanded applications, including larger and taller mass timber buildings, will also be highlighted in the context of current research, testing, and code and standard development processes.

Tom Williamson is a registered professional engineer with over 45 years of experience related to the design of wood-frame structures. He is the Managing Partner of Timber Engineering LLC, is the retired Vice President for Quality Assurance and Engineering for APA, and past-Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Timber Construction. He also spent 15 years in private practice, during which time he was involved in the design of over 500 wood-frame commercial building structures. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two McGraw Hill Handbooks related to the design of wood-frame structures and Chair of the ANSI CLT Standard Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and received the SEI Dennis Tewksbury Award.

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 MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM

Mid-Rise Engineering Considerations for Engineered Wood Products

William Theobald, PE, Boise Cascade

Wood products take on a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and forms. While many designers are familiar with engineered wood products such as I-joists, wood sheathing and structural composite lumber, it is important to understand the structural requirements associated with each in order to achieve proper performance—especially in mid-rise applications. With an emphasis on products used in commercial and multi-family buildings, this presentation will cover fastening requirements, load capacity and proper detailing.

Regional Engineer for Boise Cascade in the Central Region, Bill is a licensed Professional Engineer in 16 states and a certified building official in the State of Minnesota. He has extensive experience with engineered wood products, wood truss design, manufacturing and installation, and design-build of low-rise wood-frame buildings used for agricultural and commercial end uses. Bill earned a BS degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM

Cross-Laminated Timber: Bridging the Designer-Manufacturer Gap

Allison Standiford, SmartLam

This presentation is intended for building designers interested in the use of CLT who want to take full advantage of its prefabricated, precise nature and potential for construction savings. Unlike some traditional wood products, interaction with the product manufacturer, on elements such as 3D building models and whole building shop drawings, is important to the design of a successful CLT structure. Topics will include CLT design considerations, including those related to cost efficiency, as well as appropriate spans, thicknesses, applications, and specifications. The design team/manufacturer relationship will also be examined, with an emphasis on what project teams can expect from design through construction, information required by each party, and appropriate outputs (e.g., drawings, calculations, specs).

Allison is the Senior Project Manager for SmartLam Architectural CLT product lines. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she relocated to Montana in 2005 after a short family visit introduced her to the grandeur of Big Sky Country. Allison comes to SmartLam from north central Montana where she is a major shareholder in an energy exploration and production (E&P) company. In her time there, she contributed to all aspects of the E&P business including contract negotiation, financial management, field maintenance and management of projects in excess of $1 million. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carroll College.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM

Fire Retardant-Treated Wood: Products, Applications & Code Provisions

Ray A. Miller, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc.

Fire retardant-treated wood (FRTW) is often used in lieu of steel and concrete in applications otherwise restricted to noncombustible materials. This session examines the technical characteristics of FRTW and how different products can be applied under current building codes. Additional topics include fire resistance-rated assemblies that incorporate FRTW, proper FRTW specification and identification, and changes to the definition of FRTW in the 2018 International Building Code.

Ray resides in Colleyville, Texas and represents Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. throughout the United States. Throughout his 40-year career, he has worked with wholesalers and retailers of various building products, including millwork, roofing, insulation and, for the past 25 years, treated wood. He has promoted the application of fire retardant-treated wood to architects, building officials, wholesale distributors and commercial oriented lumber dealers, including 11 years as Hoover’s VP of Marketing. His extensive field experience enables him to effectively assist building designers in the application of treated wood products.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM

Western Red Cedar: Distinctive, Sustainable Design

Jay Poppe, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

This presentation is intended to increase awareness of Western Red Cedar uses, properties and performance characteristics. Western Red Cedar grades and product specifications will be reviewed, as will proper installation, finishing and maintenance for a variety of applications. Through brief case study presentations, attendees will gain an appreciation of design trends that leverage cedar’s versatility and the enhanced appeal it brings to institutional, commercial and residential designs. Demonstrating Western Cedar’s value as one of the ‘greenest’ building material available, discussion will include facts about sustainable forests and forest certification systems along with a brief review of Western Red Cedar Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Jay is a recent addition to the WRCLA staff of cedar specialists. From 1997 to 2003 he served as president of JKR Inspection Services, which provided residential and commercial inspection services for US Inspect in the Chicago market. In 1998 he was named Inspector of the Year by US Inspect on behalf of the relocation industry. For the last 10 years he has served as the Executive Director of an Arkansas Habitat for Humanity affiliate, serving as builder of their last 50 new home projects and leading projects that raised over 5 million local dollars to support building projects and program services.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM

Effective Envelope Design: Mitigating Risk with High-Performance Panels and Acrylic Flashing Systems

Cale Kids, Huber Engineered Woods

This course will explore the importance of effective envelope design to the success of large scale wood-frame projects. Four control layers critical to building envelope performance will be evaluated—including structural integrity, bulk water management, air/vapor management and thermal performance—in the context of high-performance panel solutions. Discussion will also include challenges with penetrations and how they can be addressed with acrylic flashing systems.

Cale is the Regional Sales Manager for North Texas for Huber Engineered Woods, a maker of flooring, roof sheathing and wall sheathing for single-family, multi-family and light commercial projects. Cale, who has nearly 25 years of experience in sales and business development in the building materials industry, is responsible for developing market position for Huber products across Texas. He specializes in air, water and moisture management in building envelopes and new technologies for energy-efficient designs. 

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Irving Convention Center
500 W Las Colinas
Irving, TX 75039

Parking available on site. $8 self-parking,

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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.

Click here to access the presentations – available a couple days prior to the event.

For questions or additional information please contact Dawn Veach at  or 404-394-4197.

Details

Date:
22 March 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039 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.