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Modern Mass Timber Buildings: Design Skills for Architects & Engineers

February 13, 2019 – 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis, MN


Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register today to secure your seat.

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 2:00 pm

Modern Mass Timber Buildings: Design Skills for Architects & Engineers

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. As it transitions from novelty to mainstream, many architects and engineers are finding they need a deeper understanding of the unique design considerations associated with this new construction type. Intended to provide practical knowledge that can be applied to projects, this workshop focuses on four key mass timber design topics: fire resistance—with an emphasis on cross-laminated timber, including char calculations and fire-resistance ratings; building enclosure detailing and best practices; structural performance—including design processes for mass timber products in gravity force-resisting systems; and the construction process, with a focus on pre-construction planning and coordination between design team, manufacturer and contractor.



David Barber, Arup

David is a Principal with Arup, based in Washington, DC, where he works as a fire protection engineer. He has been involved in the research and design of timber structures for over 20 years, assisting with testing and development of new timber technologies, authoring fire safety design guides for construction, working with wood product suppliers and completing fire safety design for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. David assists architects, engineers and contractors with timber designs, and also works with timber product developers. He is currently working with the project team for the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winner, Framework, in Portland, Oregon.

Dean Lewis, PE, SE, DCI Engineers

Dean Lewis is a licensed structural and civil engineer and Associate at DCI Engineers. He is a crucial member of DCI’s San Francisco office, which, within a 5-year timespan, has amassed a portfolio of more than 5,000 units of multi-family housing at various stages of design and construction. Dean’s expertise spans a wide variety of prefabrication and modular construction methods. His earliest work involved prefabricated steel projects in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Later, in Seattle, his experience included both light wood-frame projects and the Bullitt Center—the largest modern mass timber project in the U.S. (at the time) and the first office building to achieve Living Building Certification. Since calling the Bay Area home, Dean continues to emphasize prefabrication and modular approaches utilizing materials such as mass timber, and integrate these techniques into office, residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Graham Finch, P.Eng., Dipl.T., M.A.Sc, RDH Building Science Inc

Graham Finch is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH Building Science, specializing in research and investigation work. His experience covers a wide range of projects, including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigations, research studies, energy assessments, building monitoring programs, field review, and testing services for new and existing buildings across North America. He has also worked with numerous building product manufacturers on product research and development, performance monitoring, and field testing. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy-efficient building enclosures.

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.

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Parking: Hilton Minneapolis Ramp (11th St Underground): $8 before 9 am
Hilton Minneapolis Valet: $18

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

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


13 February 2019
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Hilton Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN United States

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