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The Evolution of Mid-rise: New Opportunities + Key Design Considerations

October 15, 2019 – 9:30 am - 12:45 pm


Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs, CO


Part I: The Evolution of Mid-Rise Design: Increasing Opportunities with Wood

The expanding use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is allowing architects to creatively achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood can effectively meet code requirements while adding value and enabling the need for increased density in urban environments. Increasingly, wood buildings of five, six and more stories are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of project examples, this session will illustrate trends in both residential and commercial mid-rise buildings. Topics will include current code allowances that offer opportunities for taller buildings, design strategies for improved building performance and code-compliant options for meeting fire and life safety requirements.

Part II. Accommodating Shrinkage in Multi-Story Wood-Frame Structures

In wood-frame buildings of three or more stories, cumulative shrinkage can be significant and have an impact on the function and performance of finishes, openings, mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) systems, and structural connections. However, as more designers look to wood-frame construction to improve the cost and sustainability of their mid-rise projects, many have learned that accommodating wood shrinkage is actually very straightforward. This presentation will describe procedures for estimating wood shrinkage and provide detailing options that minimize its effects on building performance.

Speaker: David Hanley, Regional Director, WoodWorks


On-site Check-in: 9:00 am
Program Begins: 9:30 am
Program Concludes: 12:45 pm
Lunch: Included in the cost


Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
125 N Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Parking: Complimentary Parking

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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.



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

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


15 October 2019
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
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Hilton Garden Inn – Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO 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.