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Mass Timber in the Midwest: Value + Distinction through the Lens of Two Projects

September 12, 2019 – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Kansas City, MOKansas City, MO


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Mass Timber in the Midwest: Value + Distinction through the Lens of Two Projects

Inspiration for building designs comes in many forms. For some, the desire to use mass timber is anchored in its sustainability and light carbon footprint. For others, speed of construction and aesthetics are the driving factors. This panel presentation will examine its use from multiple perspectives. Beginning with a baseline of practical knowledge, it will cover building code allowances, and design and detailing steps for fire resistance, acoustics, construction type selection, structural grid, and more. From there, two architects will share their insights through the lens of completed mass timber projects: The University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Student Residence Hall in Fayetteville, AR and the East Grand office building in Des Moines, IA. They’ll discuss key issues from design through construction, including fire and life safety, code-compliance, material procurement, design trade coordination, and construction efficiency.



Mark Bartlett, PE, WoodWorks

Mark received his BS in Civil Engineering with a specialty in structures from Lehigh University, and has worked as an engineer in many capacities. He spent 11 years as a practicing structural engineer, eight years as a field engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie and six years in business development for a structural engineering firm. His primary experience includes structural calculations, design, construction document preparation, construction administration for new and existing commercial buildings, and post-installed anchorage to concrete. His structural engineering project experience includes residential, retail, hospitality, education, aviation, churches, and movie theaters. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Oklahoma.

Tom S. Chung AIA LEED BD+C, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Tom is a Principal and design leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA), recipient of an AIA Firm Award in 2007. In his 20+ years with the firm, he has been the primary designer for a number of award-winning projects, including the Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and, most recently, the John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the U.S., Tom received his degrees in Architecture at the University of Virginia and Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an educator, he has taught design studios at universities in Boston and currently teaches at Auburn University. As a design critic, he serves on design reviews and design award committees throughout the country.

Khalid Khan, Assoc. AIA, Neumann Monson Architects

Khalid is a Design Principal with Iowa-based Neumann Monson Architects. He has 20+ years of experience on projects of all scales, from small residential remodels, mixed-use facilities, and parking structures, to corporate and institutional buildings. Khalid has led highly collaborative design efforts that have produced regional and national design award-winning projects. He brings innovative design ideas, an intense attention to detail and quality, and above all a collaborative spirit to all phases of the design and construction process. Khalid is a member of the Architectural Advisory Council at Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture and serves as a guest critic at the College of Design.


On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 1:00 pm


McCormick & Schmick’s
448 West 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112

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Parking: Free Parking


Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

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


12 September 2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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McCormick & Schmick’s
Kansas City, MO United States

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