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Mass Timber Building Design: NLT + Tall Wood Code Provisions

September 19, 2019 – 8:30 am - 1:30 pm


East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI


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

A two-part seminar:

Exploring Tall Wood: New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures

As interest in and use of mass timber in the U.S. has grown, so too has interest in pushing these timber structures to greater heights. Using international examples of successful tall wood buildings as precedent, some designers have proposed tall wood projects in the states using a project-specific performance-based design approach. In order to provide a uniform set of code provisions for these tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Those code changes were announced as approved in January 2019 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.

Nail-Laminated Timber: Compelling Architecture with Modern Timber Design

Part of the family of mass timber products, nail-laminated timber (NLT) is mechanically laminated from dimension lumber to create solid timber panels for floor, roof and wall applications. Based on the NLT Design and Construction Guide, this presentation will explore architectural and engineering topics associated with the use of NLT in modern timber structures. Construction types, code applications, specifications and appearance grades, fire-resistance, acoustics, enclosure, structural gravity and lateral loading will all be discussed, with an emphasis on structures that comply with current code provisions. Project examples will be highlighted to show how these topics have been addressed in modern buildings, and to illustrate the many application and grid possibilities.

Speaker: Archie Landreman, Regional Director, WoodWorks


On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am
STEM Building Tour: 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Michigan State University Construction Management Education and Research Lab
Central Service Building Room 117
570 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

Parking: Pay Lots on campus #79 and #62 located by the Spartan Stadium – $1 per half hour for visitors

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Map of parking on campus


Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.



Contact Courtney Rouse at .

No need to print a ticket after you register – a name badge will be waiting for you at onsite check-in.

This seminar is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources Division.  MDNR is committed to the sustainable management of forest resources, and supports this seminar as part of an effort to promote the use of wood in construction.  For more information on MDNR programs, visit  To find wood products manufacturers located in Michigan, visit the free Forest Products Industry Directory maintained by MDNR at


19 September 2019
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 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.