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Southeast Wood Design Symposium

February 28, 2019 – 12:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Birmingham, ALBirmingham, AL


A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits, or 0.4 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Cost: $40
Price includes lunch and evening reception 

Onsite Check-in begins: 11:30 am
Wood Design Awards Presentation 11:45 am
Opening Plenary Session & Lunch 12:00 noon
Exhibit Area Open: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Reception: 5:15 – 6:00 pm

Join us for a reception immediately following the symposium including beverages and light appetizers.

Event Partners:

Reception sponsored by:



Local Product, Local Project: Bringing Mass Timber to the Southeast

Steve Lieberman, PE, International Beams and Jeff Morrow, Lendlease

The availability of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the U.S. is causing some designers to rethink traditional construction practices—and one progressive development and construction company is helping to lead that charge. For the Candlewood Suites Hotel on the Army base at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Lendlease explored the use of CLT for improved construction efficiency, enhanced performance, and blast resistance. The four-story, 62,688-sf project utilized CLT for nearly all floor, roof and wall framing, making it the first mass timber hotel in the country. Lessons learned during the design and construction processes will be discussed, as will some of the perceived hurdles and associated solutions related to using CLT as a whole building system. The increased availability of CLT in the Southeast will also be covered by a recently-certified CLT manufacturer located in the state.

International Beams/IB X-LAM USA has been a leader in providing high-quality engineered wood products for over 20 years. Forging a rich foundation as an innovator within the wood products industry, IB has stayed on the cutting edge of wood technology by identifying the needs of an expanding market and incorporating new, efficient and sustainable products into the IBMAX-CORE line. The most recent additions to the company’s product line, cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam, have started production at the newest IB X-LAM USA facility in Dothan, AL.

Jeff Morrow is a Program Manager for Lendlease specializing in construction. Prior to leading the construction of new Lendlease hotels for the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, he was Senior Project Engineer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he pioneered new approaches to energy and resource conservation in Lendlease’s groundbreaking Zero Energy Homes project. This project provided a creative and viable strategy for achieving real change in the environmental impact of Lendlease buildings. Jeff earned a B.S. and M.S. in Building Construction Management from Purdue University. In 2013, he was recognized by Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40” awards.

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University of Arkansas Mass Timber Residence Halls: Design and Construction Insights

Tom Chung AIA LEED BD+C, Leers Weinzapfel Associates and Rob Dodd, Nabholz Construction

At over 202,000 square feet, Stadium Drive at the University of Arkansas is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall project. Framed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and roof panels and glued-laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams, the project creates a vibrant new destination with retail dining, classrooms, maker-spaces, performance spaces, communal spaces, administrative offices, and faculty housing, along with a mix of semi-suites and pods totaling 708 beds. Presented by the project architect and construction magnager, this presentation will provide insights gained from the design and construction of this project, including building official review and code approval, inter-disciplinary coordination, shop drawings, construction sequencing and field modifications. This session will equip attendees with the knowledge required to approach the design and construction administration phase of innovative CLT buildings.

Tom S. Chung AIA, LEED BD+C is a Principal and design leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of an AIA Firm Award in 2007. In over 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 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 the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an educator, Tom has taught design studios at Northeastern University School of Architecture and Wentworth Institute of Technology. As a design critic, he serves on design reviews and design award committees throughout the country.

As Executive Vice President of Operations for Nabholz Construction, Rob recently led the 708-bed University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Residence Hall project, which includes mass timber as the primary structural system. Stadium Drive is the first large-scale mass timber residence hall in the US and the largest mass timber project currently under construction in the country. In planning this project, Rob was instrumental in developing a public procurement model for the superstructure, part of which involved developing a self-performance crew to erect the structure. While Rob’s innovative approach to planning led to the successful implementation of mass timber on this project, he has also been helping other contractors develop plans for mass timber projects nationwide. Before joining Nabholz in 2007, Rob spent 21 years in the structural engineering and architecture fields.

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Massive but Lean: How Design + Construction Efficiency Led One Mass Timber Project to Success

Erica Spiritos, Swinerton Builders

This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US—a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, will share information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources. Insights will cover preconstruction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details will also be discussed.

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.

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Techniques for Successful Timber Office Design: Versatility and Performance

Melissa Kroskey, AIA, SE, WoodWorks

A new trend in office construction finds major developers investing in timber designs. Learn how wood construction can accommodate the space and performance needs of office occupancies, while providing advantages such as speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact. This presentation answers the “how” questions of design, examining the potential for both light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions. Topics include fire and life safety design, cost-effective structural layout, acoustics, and aesthetics.

A licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has over fifteen years of professional experience spanning architectural design, structural engineering, digital fabrication and public relations. She has a broad perspective on the industry and technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Melissa has worked on a variety of building types, including civic, educational, multi-family residential, luxury single-family residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. She has collaborated with innovative fabricators and encourages designers to engage fabricators early in the design process. Melissa has a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and also studied architecture at SCI-Arc.

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Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

Terry Pattillo AIA, WoodWorks

While mixed-use buildings—which combine multiple occupancy types and/or functions in a single structure—are common, determining how to apply their unique mix of code requirements can be a daunting task. To simplify code analysis associated with these buildings, this presentation covers logical, code-compliant steps for a number of topics, including determining allowable building size, separation needs, detailing requirements, and the application of special provisions. With an emphasis on the use of wood framing in Construction Types III, IV and V, examples, calculations, and details will be presented to demonstrate how to navigate the various code requirements associated with mixed-use buildings while maximizing building size and meeting fire and life safety needs.

Terry has an accomplished background in both commercial architectural and construction administration, working in most states and across most occupancies.  Terry has strived to bring the strongest solution to the end user based on harmonizing sustainable design within budgetary constraints.  In 2012, he joined WoodWorks as Regional Director to continue to challenge design trends by educating and supporting best practices through smart selection of building materials and methods.  Terry holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and is a licensed architect and active member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Advancing Mass Timber Construction in Alabama – Panel Discussion

Tom Chung AIA LEED BD+C, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Rob Dodd, Nabholz Construction, Jeff Morrow, Lendlease and Erica Spiritos, Swinerton Builders

Is the Southeast entering a Timber Age, where local forests and rural economies supply the growing demand for urban construction and housing in Alabama and beyond? Alabama has 23 million acres of commercial timberland, the third most in the country, making it a prime candidate for economic revitalization through the sustainable production of mass timber. Bringing together a dynamic mix of individuals with mass timber design, construction and development experience in the Southeast, this closing plenary panel will examine mass timber construction from a local perspective—both challenges and opportunities. From design to construction, material specification to procurement, cost to schedule and more, this interactive session will address questions that commonly arise when discussing this exciting new construction type. 

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The Harbert Center
2019 Fourth Ave North
Birmingham, AL 35203


Birmingham Parking Authority Deck #4 (located across from The Harbert Center).
(2028 4th Ave N) First hour: Free; Two hours: $3; Additional hour $1 Daily Max $9

Click here for directions.

Attendees can earn up to 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits, or 0.4 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Click here to access the presentations – available a couple days prior to the event.

For questions please contact:

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

Welcome Exhibitors!

Thank you for planning to exhibit at the Southeast Wood Design Symposium on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Birmingham, AL. In addition to a comprehensive program of knowledgeable speakers and technical presentations, the event has been designed to provide you ample face-to-face time with architects, engineers and other building design professionals.

EVENT TIMELINE – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Exhibitors set-up (Table Top Displays only) – The Harbert Center, 3rd floor – 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Exhibits open to attendees – 11:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Exhibits first break – 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Exhibits second break – 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibits third break – 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Reception with Exhibits – 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Move out/closing – 6:00 pm

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The Harbert Center
2019 Fourth Ave North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Map & Directions

Parking at the Harbert Center:
Birmingham Parking Authority Deck #4 (located across from The Harbert Center)
2028 4th Ave N
Birmingham, AL
First hour: Free; Two hours: $3; Additional hour $1 Daily Max $9.  Metered street parking also available.


Special Hotel Rate for rooms on 2/27/19 $189 – Deadline – 1/27/19
The Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton (located ½ block from venue)
2101 5th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Rate: $189 per night plus tax. – deadline 1/27/19
Parking: Valet only $29.70.  In/out privileges available.  Metered street parking available

Link to Exhibitor Block:

* Limited availability! Please secure your room reservations as soon as possible.

In addition to Hotel Rooms on 2/27/19, there are rooms available at the Redmont for 2/28/19 at a rate of $159. Please note the rate of $159 is subject to availability.  Please book directly through their website for this date here.


Each member of your exhibit team must complete the online registration form by Friday, February 8, 2019.

Click here to complete the booth personnel registration form.



Veal Convention Services, Inc. (VCS) Phone: 205.328.1010 Email:
3016 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Fax: 205.328.1012
Birmingham, AL 35203 Toll Free: 800.844.8325


Click here for complete details including costs and shipping labels


Must arrive between January 21 and February 21 May be accepted until February 27 with late fees

Advance Warehouse receiving hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm.

TO:  (Name of Exhibitor & Booth Number) C/O Veal Convention Services, Inc.
FOR:  Southeast Wood Design Symposium
3016 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203


Must arrive no earlier than Thursday, Feb 28 Show Site receiving hours are 8am to 10am. Thursday, Feb 28 ONLY!

TO:  (Name of Exhibitor & Booth Number) C/O Veal Convention Services, Inc.
FOR:  Southeast Wood Design Symposium
2019 Fourth Ave. N
Birmingham, Alabama 35203


Contact Mary Schramka, Event Manager, at or 708-204-9578.


28 February 2019
12:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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The Harbert Center
Birmingham, AL 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.