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Achieving High Performance Structures and Happy Clients: Acoustics, Shrinkage and Floor Vibration

February 7, 2018 – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA


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

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 1:00 pm

Achieving High Performance and Happy Clients: Acoustics, Shrinkage and Floor Vibration

While the ‘look’ of a building gets most of the attention, effective detailing has just as much impact on client satisfaction over the long term. This workshop brings together three experts to discuss areas of multi-family and commercial wood design where effective design and detailing techniques can improve performance and mitigate occupant complaints. First, a WoodWorks expert will discuss best practices for accommodating wood shrinkage with a focus on effective detailing at wood framing to finish interfaces. An acoustics expert will then discuss acoustical design in light-frame wood structures, with a focus on assembly options, detailing techniques, material selection and proper installation. Finally, a structural engineer with expertise in wood design will examine floor vibration design parameters and strategies that result in effective mass timber floor systems.




Bruce Lindsey, WoodWorks

Based in Charlotte, NC, Bruce is a 20-year veteran of the wood products industry. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in construction technology, concentrating in architectural design, and a minor in physics. His multi-faceted career experience has included architectural design, structural design and roles within the engineered wood products industry related to marketing, product management, distribution, consulting, and sales.

Steve Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, CTS-I, CTS-D, Thorburn Associates

Principal Consultant with Thorburn Associates, Steve enjoys helping others understand the principals of acoustics and audiovisual technology. His dual degrees in electrical engineering and technical theater give him a balanced left brain/right brain approach to project solutions. In addition to experience on more than 2,800 projects, he is an author and teacher, a past INFOCOMM Educator of the Year, and recipient of two International Communications Industries Association Facility Design Awards. He routinely speaks and writes for the AEC industry on acoustical issues.

Adam Gerber, MASc, ASPECT Structural Engineers

Adam comes with a breadth of hands-on and technical experience which is largely unique in the field of structural engineering. Prior to and throughout his formal engineering training, he gained experience in the design and construction of timber structures as a carpenter, estimator, and designer. This comprehensive experience allows him to view projects from different perspectives, leading to cost-effective, constructible, and efficient solutions. Adam’s technical interests revolve around structures that push the limits of design, while finding new and efficient ways to combine traditional materials and technologies. Extending his master’s research, Adam has focused on the development of timber-concrete composite technology and vibration performance of floors, and has translated this research into several realized projects as he continues to explore ways to expand and enhance the technology.

Cumberland Mall
1601 Cumberland Mall SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

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Parking: Free parking

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

For questions or additional information, please contact:
Courtney Rouse at or 803-804-4918.


7 February 2018
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Maggianos Little Italy – Cumberland
Atlanta, GA 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.