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Northwest Wood Design Symposium

Date:
June 19 2019
Time:
8:00am-4:45pm
Venue:
Washington State Convention Center
Cost:
$90 through May 22 then $120
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With a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, the Northwest 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.

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SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

OPENING PLENARY SESSION 8:00 AM

Microsoft’s Sustainable Campus Re-Fresh: Highlighting Mass Timber’s Role

Lucas Joppa, PhD, Microsoft & Ethan Martin, PE, WoodWorks

In 2017, Microsoft announced plans for a multi-year modernization project on its Redmond, WA campus. The project, which will see 17 new buildings ranging from 180,000 to 220,000 square feet and four to five stories, will create healthy, inspiring workplaces that support the needs of Microsoft employees. The new buildings will be building clusters that will be blended together to create a unified campus. One of the main factors driving the design of this project has been material selection and the need to utilize sustainable design strategies to support the symbiosis of people and place, while respecting the unique ecology of the region. To help meet these goals, the company has committed to using mass timber in many of the new buildings. In this opening plenary, Microsoft will share the rationale for choosing mass timber and discuss how it will be utilized across the campus redevelopment project.

Dr. Lucas Joppa leads sustainability at Microsoft, as the company’s first Chief Environmental Officer. In this role, he works to advance Microsoft’s core commitment to sustainability through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a combined background in both environmental science and data science, Lucas is committed to using the power of advanced technology to help transform how society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources. He founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program in 2017—a five-year, $50 million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. With a PhD in Ecology from Duke University and extensive publication in leading academic journals, such as Science and Nature, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry. In addition to formerly serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained U.S. National Climate Assessment, Lucas is an Associate Editor for the Ecological Society of America’s EcoSphere journal and serves on the boards of leading scientific organizations, such as NatureServe and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Prior to his current role, Lucas was Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Scientist and led research programs at the intersection of environmental and computer sciences in Microsoft Research, the company’s blue-sky research division. He remains an active scientist and one of Microsoft’s foremost AI thought leaders, speaking frequently on issues related to Artificial Intelligence, environmental science, and sustainability. Along with his PhD, Lucas holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Malawi.

Ethan Martin is a licensed engineer in several states with experience ranging from civil engineering and land development to residential, commercial, and educational building design. He earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University specializing in structures. As the previous owner of a structural engineering firm in North Carolina, Ethan has worked on projects that range from small renovations to a 470,000-square-foot, $125 million central school for the Cherokee Nation. He has also worked on national accounts such as Home Depot, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Honda.

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ROOM 1 – Architectural Design

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Is Wood-Frame Modular the Future of Multi-Family Construction?

John A. Morefield, AIA, JACKSON | MAIN Architecture

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 presentation will examine modular wood-frame multi-family projects and associated design best practices. It will cover unique design considerations, detailing, and sourcing techniques (including advantages and challenges of the design/delivery process), and the resulting effects on quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

With over ten years of experience in multi-family design, John led Seattle’s first micro-living modular projects through full design review and permitting, and recently won a Modular Building Institute Award of Distinction for his Cubix North Park project. He has worked with the City of Seattle to develop modular permitting and inspection standards and is a member of both the Modular Building Institute and Seattle’s Design Review Board. John’s specialty is working with all partners in the modular ecosystem from financing and factories to municipalities and building inspectors, all to facilitate the “greener/faster/smarter” goals of modular design.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Code-Compliant Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, 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.

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, is the West Coast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces recognized design standards such as the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience, including serving 17 years as the Building Official for Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector consulting and structural design experience and helped provide technical input and support for the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. He is active on the IBC Fire Safety Committee and several NFPA technical committees and is a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Energy Code Compliance: Wood-Frame Buildings and Updates to the 2018 Seattle Energy Code

Michael Aoki-Kramer, LEED AP, RDH Building Science Inc.

A growing belief among design and construction professionals is that energy efficiency is crucial in building design. This presentation will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover design, detailing and installation of high-performing and energy efficient assemblies. Topics will include design concepts, detailing techniques, assemblies, construction inspections, and lessons learned over years of energy-efficient design. Changes to the Seattle energy code and the effect on both light frame and mass timber construction will be discussed. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of energy code requirements, and how to meet or exceed them through proper building design.

Michael is a shareholder of RDH and is Regional Manager of the Seattle office. Michael leads building enclosure projects for both new construction and rehabilitation. His unique blend of academic and working experience provides him with a versatile suite of skills, experience, and expertise. Michael’s particular building science focus includes the effect of interior environmental conditions on building enclosure performance and the relationships between sustainable building, building durability, and building codes. He was a member of the City of Seattle’s Green Building Team that developed Seattle’s groundbreaking Sustainable Building Policy, the first municipal policy of its kind to adopt the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Michael’s experience as well as his knowledge of the Washington and Seattle Building, Mechanical, and Energy Codes is an asset to any project. Prior to joining RDH in 2004, Michael led the City of Seattle’s efforts to develop strategy, policy, and building code requirements in response to the prevalence of building enclosure failures in the Pacific Northwest.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

New Code Allowances for Six-Story Wood Construction in Seattle

Ardel Jala, PE, SDCI, Cheryl Burwell, PE, SE, SDCI, and Samir Mokashi, Principal, Code Unlimited

In 2018, the 2015 Seattle Building Code was amended to allow, for the first time on a prescriptive basis, six-story wood-frame multi-family projects in Type III construction. This presentation will provide an overview of the new code provisions and related design topics. Intended for engineers, architects and building officials who want to better understand the associated opportunities for the use of wood in a variety of building types, this session will explore current building code allowances, examples of projects that have utilized the new provisions, and examples of other common building code interpretations by the City. Occupied roof decks, podiums and parking structures will also be reviewed in the context of wood-frame multi-family buildings.

Ardel Jala, PE is an Engineering and Technical Codes Manager for Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. She supports the building official in establishing technical policy and consistent enforcement of Seattle Building Codes throughout the department. Prior to joining the city in 2011, Ardel worked at as a structural engineer for 13 years designing seismic upgrades for a variety of existing building and historic preservation projects. Ardel is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and the AIA Seattle Code Committee.

Cheryl Burwell, SE, has 19 years of experience in structural engineering design and review for a variety of building types and structures. Currently she is an Engineering and Technical Codes Manager with the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections. Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UW and a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley. She serves on SEAW’s Earthquake Engineering Committee, is the ASCE 7-22 Dead and Live Load Subcommittee Chair and is a past SEAW Seattle Chapter Director.

For over 25 years, Samir Mokashi, Principal with Code Unlimited has led design teams through highly demanding programs, navigating complex designs, challenging budgets, fast track schedules, and rigorous regulatory requirements. The advantage of having worked in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East is evident in the projects, large and small, that Samir leads or consults on. He has been involved in code development at local and national levels and authored several code alternates and variances that resolved complex issues, simply and effectively. The depth of his knowledge and strong communication skills have earned him wide respect from city and state officials, as well as designers, developers and architects.

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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

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, 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.

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, is the West Coast Regional Manager for AWC, which produces recognized design standards such as the NDS for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience, including serving 17 years as the Building Official for Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector consulting and structural design experience and helped provide technical input and support for the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. He is active on the IBC Fire Safety Committee and several NFPA technical committees and is a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.

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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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Acoustics and Vibration in Mass Timber Structures: Design & Performance

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks and Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks

In addition to visual appeal, the relative light weight of an exposed timber structure is a driving factor for the use of mass timber in many buildings. However, mass of structure has an impact on two design criteria that often dictate assembly thickness and floor build-up components: acoustics and vibration. This presentation will present design processes and resources available to designers to aid in the minimization of noise and vibration-related complaints in mass timber buildings. The first portion will review options for mass timber floor/ceiling and wall assemblies from a new inventory of acoustically-tested mass timber assemblies created by WoodWorks. Vibration design parameters and strategies will then be discussed, followed by a preview of a document in development that will provide designers with a complete set of vibration design methods and examples.

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. 

Scott is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Project Resources & Solutions Division Team of WoodWorks. Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise-frame buildings. Scott has experience with the structural design of new single-family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an Associate Member of the ASCE/SEI 7-22 Seismic Sub-committee and Member of the ASCE/SEI Design of Wood Structures.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Building with Mass Timber: Insights on Preconstruction, Costing and Collaborative Design

Christopher Evans, LEED AP, Swinerton Builders; Erica Spiritos, Swinerton Builders; Dave Walsh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA, Sellen Construction

How do contractors answer the increasing demand for mass timber buildings from architects and ownership groups? Growing this budding industry requires an understanding from both designers and seasoned construction professionals of how to construct efficiently, navigate jurisdictions new to mass timber, and manage the procurement risks to deliver the dream of a new and optimized building system. This session will consider why some mass timber projects never pass the concept stage, what can mitigate risk and improve financial feasibility, and how the development, architectural, engineering, and construction community can achieve success with mass timber projects of various scales and typologies. Particular emphasis will be given to preconstruction coordination, design input from all parties involved, project delivery methods, and how to achieve the highest level of cost efficiency.

Christopher is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, he started a small residential construction company focused on structural retrofits. In 2008, he joined Swinerton Builders in Hawaii, quickly rising through the company ranks to become Chief Estimator. In 2015, Christopher moved to Swinerton’s Portland office to lead a $225M development in southwest Washington. More recently, he led the construction of a 156,000-square-foot cross-laminated timber office building, currently the largest installation of CLT in the US. Christopher is a LEED AP and holds an Maters of Science in International Construction Management from the University of Florida. In 2015 he was recognized as an ENR Top 20 under 40 in the Hawaii and California region.

Erica Spiritos 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.

Dave Walsh is a Registered Architect and Director of Sustainability and Design Integration at Sellen Construction, where he leads sustainability efforts on deep green projects including the new State of Washington Helen Sommers Office Building, Federal Center South, and a new corporate headquarters for a Seattle technology company. Informed by his dual experience in architecture and construction, Dave collaborates with architects, engineers, manufacturers and owners to find materials that move projects beyond business-as-usual. Dave received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas, completed post-graduate architectural studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and holds a certificate in Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship from the University of Washington.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Integrating Mass Timber Elements into Hybrid Structures

Ted Panton, AIA, NCARB, GGLO, Tim Whitcombe, RIBA, NBBJ, Marty Brennan, AIA, WELL AP, ZGF Architects and Amie Sullivan, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Mass timber has well documented performance and aesthetic strengths. However, for certain project types and applications, other, more traditional, building systems such as light wood-frame, steel and concrete can complement mass timber to achieve benefits greater than those offered by one system alone. Considerations such as spans, structural loadings, cost, and code recognition may all help drive the decision to utilize a hybrid structure—and dictate its effectiveness. Based on several project examples and scales, including the proposed Microsoft campus refresh in Redmond, WA, this session will examine the concept of pairing mass timber with other material elements to capture their combined advantages. It will demonstrate how designers can introduce mass timber in measured but purposeful ways to enhance design flexibility while increasing the aesthetic value of a project.

As Principal and Design Director for the multidisciplinary Seattle-based firm GGLO, Ted Panton has extensive experience in community-based design efforts, with an emphasis on resolving complex feasibility and entitlement considerations. His work as an architect in this setting has made him a strong advocate of design solutions centered on livability and urbanism, and he has been involved in the planning and design of mixed-use urban infill projects throughout the western US. He has served as Chair of the Northwest Design Review Board in Seattle and is currently on the board of Design In Public. Inspired by design as a positive influence on health and well-being, Ted has also collaborated with numerous groups, including the New York-based Center for Active Design, which features his work as case studies.

Tim Whitcombe is a Senior Associate, Architect and Senior Designer with NBBJ’s Commercial Practice Studio in Seattle, who leverages his cross-practice experience spanning healthcare, higher education, hospitality and the corporate sectors. Tim’s interest in mass timber began while studying for his master’s degree in architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, where his thesis centered on the implementation of mass timber to assist the rapid erection of assisted living communities in northeast Scotland. At NBBJ, Tim has worked on “cut-and-carve” projects, notably the award-winning adaptive reuse Main Entrance Project for City, University of London. Gifted in building stakeholder relationships and employing collaborative tools such as BIM and 3D visualization, Tim’s focus on sustainable design, retrofit and adaptive reuse has resulted in speaking engagements around the world.

Marty Brennan is a project architect and healthy building designer within ZGF’s project performance team. He brings over ten years of experience working on a variety of project types, from corporate headquarters to urban high-rises and healthcare facilities. Marty co-authored Spectral Daylighting Simulations: Computing Circadian Light, and the grasshopper plugin LARK, a tool to analyze circadian light.

Amie Sullivan is an associate with KPFF Consulting Engineers, bringing 20 years of structural engineering experience. With project types ranging from office buildings and corporate headquarters to destination resorts and custom residential projects, her portfolio includes elegant structures that feature exposed framing and blended structural systems. Her work on the Federal Center South Building 1202, with ZGF, showcases an extensive use of reclaimed, composite heavy timber framing, and the Brelsford Visitor Center, at Washington State University, features the first commercial use of CLT in Washington State.  Both projects received NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering awards.

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ROOM 3 – Structural Design

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

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

Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, APA – The Engineered Wood Association

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.

Karyn is the Western Region Manager for the Field Services Division of APA. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, she oversees field staff based in Texas, California, and Washington to improve all phases of wood-frame construction—from design through construction to post-disaster assessment. She has written multiple articles on the subject of wind and earthquake resistance of wood-frame buildings, is a certified Safety Assessment Program evaluator for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and has participated in damage assessments following multiple tornado and straight-line wind events. Karyn is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and Past President of the San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

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 supplies a broad line of wood products and building materials through 33 distribution locations.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Structural Solutions: Cross-Laminated Timber for Lateral Resistance

Chris Duvall, PE, SE, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks and Alex Legé, SE, PCS Structural Solutions

The 2015 IBC prescriptively recognizes CLT as an acceptable building material in construction types III, IV and V. However, its use as part of a seismic force-resisting system—either as a diaphragm or shear wall—is not yet codified. This panel session will cover three topics key to the structural design, review and approval of CLT buildings. First, it will investigate the use of CLT in shear wall applications. Next, it will explore the use of CLT in horizontal diaphragm applications and the associated detailing requirements. Discussion will then turn to special inspections and structural detailing considerations for CLT, including challenges and solutions.

Chris is intrigued by structures and particularly drawn to complex geometries that require a high level of detail. His work is divided between public and private projects that utilize all building materials, both traditional and those on the cutting-edge of development. He welcomes his clients’ challenges and uses creative and unique solutions to bring architectural concepts to fruition. Chris prides himself on transforming complex problems into sensible and constructible structural systems, providing environmentally responsible building design, and mentoring younger team members. He received his Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering from Seattle University and graduated Cum laude.

Scott is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Project Resources & Solutions Division Team of WoodWorks. Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise-frame buildings. Scott has experience with the structural design of new single-family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an Associate Member of the ASCE/SEI 7-22 Seismic Sub-committee and Member of the ASCE/SEI Design of Wood Structures.

Alex relentlessly pursues clear solutions on his projects, putting time and care into each job. He learned attention to detail from his work with single-family homes and applies that focus to large-scale educational and healthcare facility projects.  A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he has taken hold of his alma mater’s “Learn by Doing” motto and is often the first to jump into new opportunities.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

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, glulam beams (glulam) 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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ROOM 4 – National Partners

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

CLT in the US: Manufacturing and Applications

D.R. Johnson

Architects around the world are using mass timber construction systems to build taller wood buildings, incorporate the aesthetic of exposed wood, or increase the amount of prefabrication on their projects. Many use CLT panels and glulam beams as the building structure, often as a carbon-friendly alternative to conventional materials such as steel, masonry and concrete. In this presentation by an Oregon-based CLT manufacturer, successful US. projects will be highlighted to demonstrate the variety of commercial and multi-family applications available for CLT under today’s building codes. Topics will also include CLT manufacturing, benefits such as structural versatility, and potential future uses.

Founded in 1951, D.R. Johnson is a second-generation, family-owned wood products manufacturer located in Riddle, Oregon—the heart of Oregon’s timber country. An affiliated company, Riddle Laminators, was built at the same location in 1967 to manufacture glue-laminated timber beams. Going forward, both the glulam beams and CLT panels will be manufactured and sold under the business name D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Western Red Cedar: Distinctive, Sustainable Design

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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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Innovative Building Solutions: Exceeding Objectives in Multi-Family Construction

LP Building Solutions

Wood framing continues to grow as the material of choice for multi-family construction. This presentation will discuss innovations in the use of value added OSB products in applications such as optimized fire-rated assemblies and siding designed to resist moisture and impact. Discussion will focus on applications in Type III and Type V buildings, and opportunities for optimized solutions that offer greater durability at lower cost.

LP Building Solutions is a leader in high-performance building solutions designed for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. LP specializes in advanced technologies to deliver uniquely engineered wood products that help you build everything smarter, better, faster and more efficiently—from a single-family home to a multi-family complex to a home owner’s remodeling project. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

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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CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION 3:45 PM

Pioneering Tall Wood Code Changes: Seattle, Washington and Beyond

Jon Siu, PE, City of Seattle, Matt Ojala, Forterra, and Chris Duvall, PE, SE, Coughlin Porter Lundeen

By pioneering the use of mass timber in tall wood applications, building designers in the Pacific Northwest focused widespread attention on the sustainability and life safety attributes that are now taking wood buildings to greater heights. Policy makers and building officials became involved, and, thanks in large part to efforts in this region, tall wood is now being recognized in building codes across the country. This panel will bring together three distinct viewpoints regarding tall wood buildings: policy, code adoption, and the design community. By discussing tall wood in the context of what’s been done, what’s being done, and what the future may hold, this panel will place a spotlight on mass timber’s tremendous potential to reshape how we think of tall construction.

Jonathan (Jon) Siu serves as the Principal Engineer/Building Official for the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections, a position he has held for the last 18+ of the 35 years he has been with the various incarnations of the department. Jon has served on many committees for national code and standards development organizations, including the ICC, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is currently the vice-chair of the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. A licensed civil and structural engineer in the State of Washington, Jon previously served on the executive board of the Seattle Chapter of the Structural Engineers’ Association of Washington and is a past president with the Washington Association of Building Officials. In his spare time, Jon teaches ATC-20 classes and is helping to organize a statewide disaster response program for volunteer engineers, architects, and building officials. Jon received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering Structures from UCLA.

Matt serves as the Director of Government Affairs at Forterra. Matt develops state and federal proposals to create livable, affordable communities and conserve working farms, forests and natural lands across Washington State. He has worked for nearly a decade in government, on campaigns, and as an advocate throughout the Puget Sound region and New York City. Matt holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Chris is intrigued by structures and particularly drawn to complex geometries that require a high level of detail. His work is divided between public and private projects that utilize all building materials, including traditional and those on the cutting-edge of development. He welcomes his clients’ challenges and uses creative and unique solutions to bring architectural concepts to fruition. Chris prides himself on transforming complex problems into sensible and constructible structural systems, providing environmentally responsible building design, and mentoring younger team members.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science Civil Engineering from Seattle University and graduated Cum laude.

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HOURS

Onsite Check-in Begins: 7:00 am
Opening Plenary Session: 8:00 am
Symposium Concludes: 4:45 pm
Exhibit Area Open: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Reception: 4:45 – 6:00 pm

Join us for a reception immediately following the symposium including beverages and light appetizers.

VENUE

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Parking: Washington State Convention Center Garage – entrance on 8th Ave between Pike & Seneca Streets. Hours 5:30 am – 12:00 am. Staffed starting at 7:00 am. Hourly rate: 8 to 10 hours $20

Freeway Park Garage – entrance on Hubbell Place between Pike & Seneca Streets. Hours: 5:30 am – 8:00pm Unstaffed. Hourly rate: 8 to 10 hours $19

For additional parking information, visit the garage details page by clicking here

Public Transportation: Link Light Rail and Metro busses.  Route maps and schedules can be found on the Sound Transit and the King County Metro websites.

Click here for a map and directions.

CREDITS

Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6 PDH credits, or 0.6 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

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

EXHIBITORS ONLY

Thank you for exhibiting at the Seattle Wood Design Symposium! Click here to access the Exhibitor Information page.

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