2018 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

August 28 2018
Austin Convention Center
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Wood Solutions Fairs are multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.  Attendees can earn up to 5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, PDH credits, or 0.5 ICC credits (one per attended seminar).Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Onsite Check-in begins: 8:00 am
Fair Begins: 9:00 am
Fair Concludes: 4:45 pm
Free Reception: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm (beverages and light appetizers will be served)
Exhibit Hall Open: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm



From Forest to Frame: Innovations in Wood Architecture

Ulrich Dangel, AIA, The University of Texas at Austin

Technological innovations in engineered wood products and building systems have enabled the construction of larger and taller timber structures, in some applications replacing traditional materials like steel and concrete. This session will explore potential benefits realized through the increased use of wood in construction. Topics will include wood’s ability to serve as a renewable and sustainable building material, its role in addressing housing needs nationwide, technology and its impact on how wood projects are designed and built, and major changes on the horizon in architectural practice.

Ulrich Dangel is a registered architect and associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus on the use of wood in construction, its influence on building culture and craft, and how it contributes to the advancement of sustainable practices at the scale of local and global economies. He is the author of two books, Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg (2010) and Turning Point in Timber Construction (2017), published by Birkhäuser Basel of Switzerland.

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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 glued-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (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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Better, Faster, Safer: Experiences of a Tall Timber Builder

Jeff Morrow, Lendlease

The concept of taller wood structures has captured widespread attention. Some see expanding timber use as one of the few ways to reach ambitious carbon reduction goals; others are inspired by new aesthetic opportunities—but Lendlease, an international construction and development firm, sees the use of mass timber for mid- and high-rise structures as a way to build higher quality buildings, faster and safer. As one of the most experienced contractor of mass timber buildings in the US, Lendlease will offer insights on a proposed change to the 2021 International Building Code that would see increased height and story allowances for mass timber structures.

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, Kentucky, where he pioneered new approaches to energy and resource conservation in Lendlease’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.

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Multi-Family Wood Construction: Engineering Mid-Rise Buildings

Ricky McLain, P.E., S.E., WoodWorks

This presentation is intended for structural engineers who are seeking a full system understanding of unique design considerations associated with 4- to 6-story multi-family wood buildings. Developed in response to growing interest in these projects, this presentation goes beyond code provisions and focuses on the “how-to” associated with their structural design. Topics will include structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis. Shrinkage will be covered in detail, including its cause, effect on structural components, and detailing best practices that minimize and accommodate shrinkage where it occurs. Gravity framing design will be discussed with an emphasis on two commonly overlooked topics: floor vibration and stacked bearing wall loads. Lateral design topics will include diaphragm design and flexibility analysis, shear and overturning force transfer mechanisms, and lateral displacement checks for stacked, multi-story wood-frame structures.

Ricky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and a Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions for WoodWorks. 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, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee, SEI Blast Protection of Buildings Standards Committee, and NIBS Offsite Construction Council Board. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.

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Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

Jared S. Hensley, P.E., 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.

An expert in residential and commercial design, Jared spent eight years as a Professional Engineer in Colorado, Wyoming and Washington before joining APA as an Engineered Wood Specialist in the Pacific Northwest. His design and construction management experience includes structural design of new and renovated buildings incorporating steel, masonry, timber and concrete, and consulting related to structural design and rough framing inspection for large residential builders.  Jared holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in structural design from the University of Wyoming.

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Code-Compliant Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, American Wood Council

Determining the proper code application for fire-resistant wood-frame assemblies and exposed wood structural members 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 wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floors/ceilings and roofs/ceilings, interior and exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will also include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. type of construction.

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California-licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she oversees and develops continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials. She has over 20 years of experience managing, designing and plan reviewing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering, is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She volunteers on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education and California Building Officials Structural Safety Committees, and is Chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee, SEAOC Past Director, SEAOSC Past-President, and Interim Chair of the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Task Group.

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Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

Colin Shane, P.E., M.Eng., P.Eng., 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 Principal 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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Detailing Continuity in Building Enclosure Systems

Huber Engineered Woods LLC

The role of the building enclosure is to provide proper separation between the interior and exterior of a building. Beyond the structural enclosure, separation is accomplished through the use of four primary types of barriers: water-resistant barriers, air barriers, thermal barriers, and vapor retarders. While this can seem fairly straightforward along flat, continuous surfaces, non-continuous conditions can be challenging. This presentation explores the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure. Discussion will focus on methods for identifying areas where continuity can be disrupted, and solutions for maintaining control layer continuity in these areas.

Huber Engineered Woods LLC continually strives to create innovative products that suit customer needs. Each one delivers outstanding performance, easy installation and strength in single family, multi-family and light commercial projects. Huber’s ZIP System Roof and Wall Sheathing are structural wood panels with built-in protective barriers, eliminating the need for building wrap or felt and providing a continuous rigid moisture and air barrier that optimizes energy efficiency. Additionally, Huber’s AdvanTech subflooring product is proven to achieve both strength and moisture resistance—for subflooring that won’t swell, cup, delaminate or bounce even under the toughest conditions.

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Fire-Resistive Design of Exposed Mass Timber Members

Bevan Jones, PE, Holmes Fire

For many years, exposed heavy timber framing elements have been permitted in the building code due to their inherent fire-resistance properties. The predictability of wood’s char rate has been well-established for decades and has also been recognized for years in U.S. building codes and standards. One of the exciting trends in U.S. building design is the growing use of mass timber—i.e., large solid wood panel products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber (NLT)—for floor, wall and roof construction, or to create innovative, beautiful buildings. The 2015 editions of the International Building Code and the American Wood Council’s National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction provide code-compliant paths for the implementation of these materials in many building and construction types, including exposed applications where fire-resistance ratings of the structural elements are required. This presentation provides information on the current status of code provisions, char calculation processes and successful tests associated with mass timber’s use in fire resistance-rated construction.

Bevan Jones is CEO and Principal of Holmes Fire’s US operations, based in San Francisco. With a background in structural engineering and over 15 years of international experience in performance-based fire safety design, he has consulted on a vast array of projects from residential design to large infrastructure projects. Bevan enjoys the challenge of applying first-principle-design, holistically, to achieve practical and efficient design solutions. 

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Higher Education Facilities in Focus: The Versatile Nature of Mass Timber Construction

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

Higher education campus buildings often require a balance of urban design, community building and versatile functionality. Using two distinct projects—the University of Massachusetts Design Building, a 4-story, 87,000-square-foot academic classroom building in Amherst, MA completed in early 2017, and a proposed student housing facility at the University of Arkansas—this session will examine the unique aspects of designing academic buildings with extensive amounts of exposed timber. The versatility, aesthetic appeal and design benefits of mass timber construction will be discussed, as will reasons that the use of mass timber is gaining momentum on university campuses in the US.

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 U.S., 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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Mid-Rise Engineering Considerations for Engineered Wood Products

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.

Boise Cascade has a proven track record of providing quality wood products and a nationwide building materials distribution network for its customers. Boise Cascade prides itself on being a consistent and stable partner with a strong sense of urgency to help its customers achieve success. Boise Cascade manufactures plywood, engineered wood products, lumber, and particleboard and supplys a broad line of wood products and building materials through 33 distribution locations.

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Framing Techniques for Builders: Lessons Learned and Best Practices


This interactive session builds on the idea that builders can improve framing techniques through the lens of others’ challenges and solutions. Recent commercial and multi-family construction hurdles related to issues with building framing schemes will be reviewed through case studies and lessons learned. Best practices that builders can employ to avoid similar issues on their own projects will be discussed, and the audience will be asked to participate and apply practices reviewed during the session. Attendees will leave prepared with design strategies to produce high-performing structures and methodologies that can be considered and applied in construction immediately.

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. The company’s wood products business offers leading structural frame materials and OSB products, software, and technical support for residential, multi-family, and light commercial construction under the Weyerhaeuser and Trus Joist brand names. Weyerhaeuser is also one of the largest building products distributors in the US, offering products through more than 300 suppliers. Weyerhaeuser manages its timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally-recognized forestry standards; all of the company’s structural wood products are certified to the SFI standard. At the end of 2016, the company employed approximately 10,400 people who serve customers worldwide and generated more than $6.4 billion in net sales.

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Western Red Cedar: Distinctive, Sustainable Design

The 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).

The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association is a Vancouver (Canada) based non-profit association representing 70 North American producers and distributors of quality Western Red Cedar Lumber products. Founded in 1954 and known as “The Voice of the Cedar Industry”-the WRCLA operates an architect specifier/designer and select builder customer service program throughout North America to support its members’ cedar products with information, education and quality standards.

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Integrated Air & Water Barrier Systems


This course provides guidance for architects, specifiers, waterproofing contractors, and other professionals regarding the selection, specification and installation of integrated systems for air and water barriers and wood structural panels. Topics covered include an introduction to air and water barriers, wood structural panels, code requirements and design best practices for energy code compliance, common design and installation practices and techniques, and potential benefits realized through the use of integral air and water barrier systems.

Georgia-Pacific was founded in 1927 as a hardwood lumber wholesaler, and through nine decades has maintained its roots in the wood products industry. With 38 plants across the US and Canada, GP is currently one of the largest wood products manufacturers in North America, producing a wide array of wood products for the construction industry as well as specialty applications.

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Mass Plywood Panels: Designing with the Newest Mass Timber Structural Product

Freres Lumber Co

Mass plywood panels (MPP), a veneer-based engineered wood product, are a recent addition to the mass timber line-up of product options. This presentation will introduce MPPs with an outline of the manufacturing technologies, testing and certification that led to their development, followed by an in-depth look at the applications and requirements associated with their use. Topics will include methods of structural design, code compliance, product size options, and availability.

Freres Lumber Co. is an industry leader in the production of grade lumber, speciality veneer, plywood, and its latest offering, mass plywood panels (MPP). A family-owned and operated business since 1922, Freres also produces and sells a variety of wood by-products derived from its primary manufacturing processes, including small dimension lumber, wood chips, shavings, bark dust, and electricity. Throughout the company’s long life, it has focused on maintaining modern manufacturing facilities, providing high-quality wood products, and providing family-wage jobs in its local communities.

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Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701


There are 2 parking garages available for parking near the Austin convention center.  Rates are: 3-7 hours $9; 7-9 hours $13; 9-12 hours $18.  Street parking is available within a 3-block radius.

  • 201 EAST 2ND STREET – 10-story, 1,000-space garage just two blocks west of the facility. Entrances on Brazos and San Jacinto. Clearance Height: 6’9”
  • 601 EAST 5TH STREET – 5-story, 685-space garage just north of the facility. Entrance on 5th Street. Clearance Height: 6’11”

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Attendees earn up to 5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, PDH credits, or 0.5 ICC credits (one per attended seminar).

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

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Mary Schramka, Event Manager
Email: Ph: 708-204-9578