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Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium

September 19, 2019 – 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

 

Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA

$100

With a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, the Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium will pack an informational punch for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, code officials and anyone interested in wood’s exciting design possibilities. During the day, access wood design experts, informative seminars, technical information from manufacturers, engineering consultants and industry associations, and exhibits featuring a wide range of structural and finishing products.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

OPENING PLENARY SESSION 8:15 AM

Progressive Wood Construction: The Evolution from Low-Rise to Tall Wood

Terry Pattillo, AIA, WoodWorks

As a structural building material, wood has been a staple in the US for hundreds of years. However, recent decades have seen a dramatic change in the type and scale of wood projects. As codes have evolved due to recognition of the fire and life safety, structural, and resilient capabilities of wood-construction, new doors have opened that allow larger and taller wood buildings. Concurrently, advances in the technology behind the production of wood products and components have led to the introduction and increased use of off-site construction and mass timber. This opening plenary will take attendees through the progression of wood construction—from light-frame low-rise, to mid-rise, to mass timber and tall wood. With an emphasis on design topics and code provisions applicable to all these building scales, this session will set the stage for the in-depth technical talks taking place throughout the day.

A licensed architect, Terry is responsible for providing technical support to design professionals in the Mid-Atlantic states. He has worked on a wide range of building projects throughout the US, including commercial developments, mid-rise construction, shopping centers and other retail, resorts, schools, convention centers and restaurants.

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ROOM 1 – Design & Applications

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Thinking Inside the Box: Modular Construction Demystified

Kendra Halliwell, AIA, LEED AP, ICON Architecture, and Owen Huisenga, Tocci Building Corporation

Modular construction is touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address skilled labor shortages, and reduce jobsite waste. However, some architects and engineers are hesitant to embrace the modular approach because they don’t want their designs to be compromised, and they don’t think it has the flexibility or functionality to execute certain project typologies. This session will examine modular wood-frame multi-family projects through the lens of Boston’s largest example to date—The Graphic, which features five stories of wood over a concrete podium. Discussion will focus on unique design considerations, detailing and sourcing techniques, and the design/delivery process. The project architect and contractor will offer their insights on this project, as well as the pros and cons of off-site fabrication, quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

Skilled as an architectural designer, artist and illustrator, Kendra brings strong delineation and visualization skills to each project. She manages a wide variety of multi-family projects through city zoning and community engagement, working to achieve consensus along the way. She has designed key elements of major redevelopment projects such as Orient Heights and Washington Beech, mixed-income artist’s live-work spaces at Artblock in Boston’s South End, and a market-rate Maxwell’s Green in Somerville. Kendra is currently Project Manager for The Graphic, the largest modular construction project in Boston to date. She received a BA from Hendrix College and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas.

Owen is Tocci’s Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager, coordinating between architects, planning and cost engineering, and operations. In this role he manages the digital coordination process across multiple phases of design and construction, and identifies and implements innovative, project-specific VDC deliverables and methods. With backgrounds in both architecture and construction, Owen brings enhanced communication to his projects, helping to ensure that the owner, architect, and contractor team members are informed and aligned through BIM/VDC.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

Duncan Bourke, PEng, BSc, ASPECT Structural Engineers

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This session focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on connection design options ranging from commodity fasteners and pre-engineered wood products to custom-designed solutions. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire, and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Duncan has over a decade of experience working alongside industry leaders with a focus on timber design-build projects. His ability to foresee design, fabrication and installation challenges consistently results in complete, accurate and achievable designs, while his role as Design-Build Project Manager has made him skilled in the sourcing of innovative, effective and efficient materials, connections and fasteners. Experienced in all major building material systems, Duncan’s extensive design portfolio includes mass timber mid-rise, schools, university buildings, community centers, commercial buildings, museums, and more.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Mid-Rise Design: Optimizing Size, Detailing for Fire & Life Safety

Lori Koch, PE, American Wood Council, and Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks

This presentation will cover four areas of design that are essential to successful mid-rise wood-frame buildings: 1) Building size and how to maximize height and area through the use of sprinklers, open frontage, sloping sites, podiums and mezzanines; 2) Construction type and material selection, including opportunities for wood in Types III and V; 3) Common detailing issues and areas of misunderstanding related to exterior walls and their intersection with rated floor assemblies; and 4) Detailing for fire and life safety, including code compliance and rationales for approval, with an emphasis on constructability and practicality.

As Manager of Educational Outreach for the American Wood Council (AWC), Lori’s work ranges from assisting with the development of standards and supporting materials, answering help desk inquiries, outreach, education, and otherwise promoting the use of wood in safe and sustainable buildings. Before joining AWC in 2012, her professional experience focused on forensic design and on-site testing and inspection of wood, concrete, and steel projects. Lori has a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State, an MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and a Master of Forestry from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. She is a licensed PE in Virginia.

Dr. Breneman 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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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks  

It is fairly common for light wood-frame commercial and multi-family buildings to include another material for the shaft construction. However, many designers and contractors have come to realize that wood-frame shaft walls are a code-compliant means of reducing cost and shortening construction schedule. In this presentation, detailing for elevator, stair and mechanical shafts will be reviewed along with relevant code provisions. Discussion will focus on fire resistance-rated design parameters, but will also include other architectural and structural considerations related to shaft walls.

Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the US. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

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ROOM 2 – Mass Timber

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps

Lori Koch, PE, American Wood Council, and Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks  

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

As Manager of Educational Outreach for the American Wood Council (AWC), Lori’s work ranges from assisting with the development of standards and supporting materials, answering help desk inquiries, outreach, education, and otherwise promoting the use of wood in safe and sustainable buildings. Before joining AWC in 2012, her professional experience focused on forensic design and on-site testing and inspection of wood, concrete, and steel projects. Lori has a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State, an MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and a Master of Forestry from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. She is a licensed PE in Virginia.

Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Enclosure Design for Mass Timber Buildings

Colin Shane PE, RDH Building Science Inc.

Larger and taller mass timber buildings are becoming common in North America. These buildings typically utilize CLT or nail-laminated timber (NLT) panels, glue-laminated (glulam) beams and columns, and new engineered timber components to meet the structural and fire requirements associated with greater heights. With these larger wood structures and heavier timber components comes the need for efficient building enclosure assemblies that can be installed quickly on tight sites and are in many cases new and unique to the industry. Prefabricated building enclosure elements are now also commonly used. This presentation shares guidance on building enclosure design and detailing best practices for mass timber buildings. It includes case studies and lessons learned from the design, construction, and monitoring of enclosures for recently completed projects.

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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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Correcting Misperceptions of CLT Fire Performance

David Barber, Arup

This presentation aims to answer questions commonly asked about CLT fire performance, including “delamination” and fire-resistance ratings, and how these issues relate to low- and mid-rise buildings within the size limits of the current IBC vs. high-rise buildings. Because CLT is relatively new in the US, designers often have to explain the fire design of their structure in much more detail than is required for typical construction materials, even for code-compliant buildings. This session should equip designers with a better understanding of the code requirements, relevant and applicable CLT design methods, test standards and available testing related to CLT fire performance.

David is a Principal with multi-disciplinary engineering firm Arup, where he specializes in the fire safety of mass timber buildings. For over 20 years, he has assisted with fire testing, helped develop new timber technologies, authored fire safety design guides for construction, and implemented fire safety solutions for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. With resurgent interest in mass timber construction, David relocated to Washington to assist Arup in developing a US-based team that works with researchers, architects and developers in the fire safety of timber structures. He is currently working with project teams on mass timber buildings throughout the US and globally.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Mass Timber Structural Design: Engineering Modern Timber Structures

Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks

This presentation will provide a detailed look at the structural design processes associated with a variety of mass timber products, including glulam, CLT, and 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 mass timber floor panel vibration criteria, connection options and design considerations, and an introduction to lateral systems common in mass timber buildings. Mass timber framing components are often left exposed to act as a finish while taking advantage of their aesthetics. As such, they are often required to provide a fire-resistance rating demonstrating their ability to maintain structural integrity in the event of a fire. This session will also discuss structural design of mass timber elements under fire conditions.

Dr. Breneman 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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ROOM 3 – Partners

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

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

Robert (Bob) Kuserk, PE, 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 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.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, and is a licensed professional engineer. An expert on residential and commercial design with engineered wood products, Bob joined APA in 2016 as an Engineered Wood Specialist covering the Northeast territory. Prior to joining APA, he spent twenty years as an engineer providing technical support for a major manufacturer of engineered wood products. He is actively involved in consulting with builders, suppliers, designers and code officials to enhance their use and understanding of engineered wood products. His design and construction management experience includes residential and commercial structural design.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Framing Techniques for Builders: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
Weyerhaeuser

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 2018, the company employed approximately 9,300 people who serve customers worldwide and generated more than $7.2 billion in net sales.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Using Timber for the Complex and Conventional
StructureCraft

What does it take to efficiently engineer and build mass timber buildings? How can timber be integrated into a project so the structure is cost-competitive, while still maintaining the architectural vision, elegance and quality? This session will use real projects as a means to explore practical considerations in hands-on structural engineering, parametric 3D, digital fabrication, logistics and installation. Complex projects will be highlighted with an emphasis on features such as long-span doubly curved roofs, gridshells, and free-form cladding. Conventional mass timber buildings will also be examined, including The Soto office building in San Antonio, Texas, currently under construction, and T3 Atlanta, one of the largest mass timber buildings completed in North America to date.

StructureCraft Builders is an engineer-led construction firm specializing in mass timber and hybrid-timber structures. Bringing the old-world tradition of master craftsmen to bear on the new-world of high tech construction, the company has been engineering and building efficient, signature structures for architects, owners, and general contractors in North America and Asia for over 20 years. StructureCraft is an industry leader in mass timber and custom architectural structures, answering the pressing need for increased quality and construction efficiency while reducing site erection time and risk.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Integrated Air & Water Barrier Systems
Georgia-Pacific

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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CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION 3:45 PM

Why Timber is Changing the Way We Design and Build

Katie Rothenberg, HITT Contracting and Randall Walter, AIA, Bensonwood

Change in the construction industry is a notoriously slow process. And yet, due to a confluence of factors that include a skilled labor shortage and the need for greater energy efficiency and a lighter carbon footprint, change is happening quickly. Advancements in engineered wood products and the technologies used to create them are resulting in higher levels of precision, prefabrication, envelope efficiency, and MEP service integration. This dynamic panel will discuss the use of off-site wood and mass timber construction in the context of completed projects along the eastern seaboard. Reasons for their material selections, challenges and solutions associated with off-site techniques, and unique lessons learned throughout the design and construction processes will all be presented. Attendees will hear first-hand why designers, developers and contractors are looking to integrate off-site and mass timber methodologies, and perhaps leave with ideas on how they too can be part of the positive change.

As Vice President of Sustainability and Innovation, Katie is responsible for all aspects of sustainability for HITT. She directs the strategic development and implementation of HITT’s corporate responsibility program, infusing operations with a triple bottom line approach to ensure value and maximum impact. She leads the sustainable construction team, working collaboratively with project teams to meet or exceed sustainability goals. Katie is also the driving force behind Co|Lab, HITT’s center for innovative research and development opportunities. This state-of-the-art CLT and glulam building is Virginia’s first mass timber structure, LEED v4 Platinum-certified, and designed to meet Net Zero performance goals.

Randall is a company steward and lead architect of the design/build firm Bensonwood. During more than 25 years with the company, Randall has championed the enhanced use of 3D modeling throughout the design/build process, resulting in projects—small to large—designed, permitted and delivered to sites throughout the US. Randall has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a professor of architecture at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

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HOURS

Onsite Check-in Begins: 7:30 am
Opening Plenary Session: 8:15 am
Symposium Concludes: 4:45 pm
Exhibit Area Open: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

VENUE

Pennsylvania Convention Center
One Convention Center Place
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Parking:

Click here for directions, public transportation and parking information. Use the main entrance located at 1101 Arch Street to access Ballroom A and the Grand Hall.

CREDITS

Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

EVENT PRESENTATIONS

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

CONTACT

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager
Email:
Ph: (301) 633-0330

EXHIBITORS ONLY

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Details

Date:
September 19
Time:
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Cost:
$100
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Venue

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA 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.