- September 11 2019
- 12:00pm-1:00pm Central
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Structural Mass Timber Design: The Engineer’s Role in Optimization
Achieving the highest level of cost efficiency possible with mass timber requires an understanding of both material properties and manufacturer capabilities. When it comes to laying out a structural grid, the square peg/round hole analogy is pertinent. Trying to force a mass timber solution on a grid laid out for steel or concrete can result in member size inefficiencies and the inability to leverage manufacturer capabilities. Knowing how to best lay out the grid—without sacrificing space functionality—allows the designer to optimize member sizes, but cost efficiency for a mass timber building goes beyond column spacing. This presentation will examine the structural engineer’s role in optimizing a mass timber structural layout by taking a systems vs. product approach. Topics will include known parameters for mass timber design, design challenges, connections, grid spacings, and lessons learned from the structural design of Colorado mass timber projects.
Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&A, Inc. Structural Engineers and Builders
Greg is the president and CEO of KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado, a firm of 65 that includes structural engineers, steel detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys working with design architects on innovative structures, especially in masonry and wood.
Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).
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