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Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber

March 28, 2019 – 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Newton, MANewton, MA


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

Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber

Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.



Alex Minard, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, LEED AP, CPHD, Perkins + Will

Alex is an architect and a Senior Associate with the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Designer. Having previous experience with mass timber, he began working with nail-laminated timber in 2009 and recently co-authored the US and Canadian versions of the Nail-laminated Timber Design & Construction Guide. Alex leads the firm’s K-12 Schools practice in Canada and has a particular interest in the use of mass timber for schools.

Carla Dickof, P.Eng., MASc., Fast + Epp

Carla is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Senior Technical Specialist in timber design and detailing at the structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp.  Working as structural engineer for the past decade, her timber design experience includes mass timber, post-and-beam, and complex light wood-frame projects ranging from high performance industrial to architecturally-oriented commercial, recreational, educational, and institutional occupancies. After completing a research-focused master’s degree at the University of British Columbia with a thesis on hybrid mass timber and steel systems, Carla went on to employ this expertise in her work. Prior to Fast + Epp, she applied her passion for timber engineering at Blackwell Engineering in Toronto, Canada.

Colin Shane, PE, MEng, PEng, RDH Building Science Inc

Colin 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.

Nathan Bergen, Kinsol Timber Systems

For the past 10 years, Nathan has specialized in the fabrication, assembly and installation of heavy timber and mass timber products, systems and connections. A red seal carpenter, he was recently Director of Operations for Seagate Structures, where he oversaw a small administration staff that handles estimating, shop drawings, project management and production. Prior to joining Seagate, he spent several years with StructureCraft Builders, where he advanced to shop supervisor, and two years working at a sawmill. One of Nathan’s most recent projects was to oversee wood installation for Brock Commons – Tallwood House, which, at 18 stories, is currently the tallest mass timber building in the world.

UMASS Amherst – Mount Ida Campus
Shaw Hall
777 Dedham St
Newton, MA 02459

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Parking: Street parking on Shaw Road

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

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

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


28 March 2019
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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UMASS Amherst – Mount Ida Campus
Newton, MA United States

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