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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

December 11, 2019 – 8:30 am - 4:15 pm


Falls Church, VAFalls Church, VA


Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

Innovations in mass timber construction are offering new opportunities for the building industry. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) combine multiple laminations of lumber to produce solid timber elements such as floor and wall panels, beams, and columns. These elements have high strength-to-weight ratios, allowing them to replace more traditional construction materials while providing sustainable systems that can meet code criteria for acoustics, fire-resistance, seismic performance, energy efficiency, and more. However, while design and code aspects of mass timber receive a great deal of focus, it is the construction aspects that often decide whether a project goes forward. Mass timber construction has similarities to other systems, but it also has unique attributes—and a complete understanding of the differences is key to efficient project cost estimation and efficient construction. This in-depth, multi-faceted workshop will explore mass timber from design through preconstruction, fabrication, erection, and project close-out. After setting the stage with an overview of mass timber products and sustainability attributes, discussion will focus on construction topics, including risk analysis, cost case studies design team interaction, cost optimization, scheduling, site planning, and other logistics. Intended for construction industry professionals looking to gain a deep understanding of the unique attributes of mass timber construction, this workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.



Terry Pattillo, AIA, WoodWorks

Terry has an accomplished background in both commercial architectural and construction administration, working in most states and across most occupancies.  Terry has strived to bring the strongest solution to the end user based on harmonizing sustainable design within budgetary constraints.  In 2012, he joined WoodWorks as Regional Director to continue to challenge design trends by educating and supporting best practices through smart selection of building materials and methods.  Terry holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and is a licensed architect and active member of the American Institute of Architects.

Melinda Gable, Forest Landowners Association

As Vice President of FLA, Melinda’s passions include taking ideas from conception to execution, bringing federal, private and NGO partners together to advance natural resource policy and achieve common goals, and helping organizations launch successful new programs and major marketing initiatives. Melinda has worked to advance natural resource issues for 25 years, and has helped launch or establish National Public Lands Day, the National Association of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Congressional Casting Call, the US Fish & Wildlife Service Joint Economic Impact Report on Hunters and Anglers, the Archery Trade Association’s Release Your Wild Hunger Games, DOI Sportsmen’s Access to Federal Public Lands, and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Her current focus is promoting the sustainability and economic viability of family forest landowners and dispelling misconceptions regarding stewardship of the natural resources under their care.

Graham Montgomery, PE Swinerton

As Technical Director for Swinerton Builders’ Mass Timber Division, Graham works with clients and project teams to bring a new age of sustainable timber buildings to fruition. With a background in structural engineering, he uses a combination of technical knowledge and construction experience to support projects from preconstruction through completion, coordinating VD&C efforts and shop drawings, reviewing engineering efforts, and assisting with global procurement of materials. An industry leader, Swinerton’s experience with mass timber began with the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oregon, and the company is currently working on the tallest wood building in the U.S. Graham is a registered professional engineer in seven states, and has in-depth knowledge of all types of structural systems and materials. He graduated from Clemson University with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering.

Erica Spiritos, Swinerton Builders

Erica has long been interested in the design of urban environments in ways that honor the natural resources on which our lives depend. Following her Civil & Environmental Engineering studies at Carnegie Mellon University, she worked on projects ranging from the design and fabrication of household-scale solar desalination systems for families in Gaza, to construction management of an industrial-scale drinking water treatment facility in New York City. In her previous position at Structurlam, Erica helped facilitate solutions to deliver eight mass timber projects, including both the tallest and largest CLT projects in the US. For Swinerton, she provides project-specific design expertise to support appropriate and optimal mass timber design. She leads estimating efforts, VD&C/BIM integration, and procurement of mass timber materials.

Greg Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&A Engineers and Builders

Greg is the president and CEO of KL&A Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado, a firm of 95 that includes structural engineers, detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys working on innovative wood structures of all kinds, but especially in mass timber.

Randall Walter, AIA, R.A., Bensonwood

Randall is a company steward and lead architect of the design/build firm, Bensonwood. His career focus for the last decade has been incorporating strategies to design and build using pre-defined components with 3D software for design and construction; the result has been an open-built design system that enables flexible and rapid design exploration with predictable (cost, performance and aesthetic) results.

Randall has a Bachelor of Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an adjunct professor of architecture at Keene State College. His award-winning design/build projects include the Hunter Montessori School in Connecticut, the Living Classroom at Burr & Burton Academy in Vermont, and the Runnemede School in New Hampshire.

Melissa Kroskey, AIA, SE, WoodWorks

A licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has over fifteen years of professional experience spanning architectural design, structural engineering, digital fabrication and public relations. She has a broad perspective on the industry and technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Melissa has worked on a variety of building types, including civic, educational, multi-family residential, luxury single-family residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. She has collaborated with innovative fabricators and encourages designers to engage fabricators early in the design process. Melissa has a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and also studied architecture at SCI-Arc.

Brad Nile, Andersen Construction Co Inc.

As a lifelong builder and student of construction systems, Brad has made this the focus of his academic studies as well as world travels.  In his 25 years with Andersen Construction, Brad has managed the construction of many landmark commercial and institutional buildings in Oregon, including the new mass timber projects at the Oregon State University College of Forestry as well as mixed use, mass timber projects in Portland Oregon.  Brad lead the Andersen Construction teams that were responsible for estimating, procuring and erecting these structures. Coming from a family of forest landowners, Brad has a deep understanding of the timber industry and is passionate about the growing use of mass timber in institutional and commercial projects.


2757 Hartland Road
Falls Church, VA 22043

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Parking: Limited free parking (Dunn Loring nearest metro stop).

*Parking restrictions strictly enforced by the jurisdiction at adjacent properties


$185 – includes lunch


Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6 PDH credits or 0.6 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Jaime Krohn, CMP
Director, Lead Management and Events
Ph: 312-841-8272

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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11 December 2019
8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Falls Church, VA 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.