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Southern California Wood Design Symposium

November 13, 2019 – 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

 

Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA

$75 – $100

With a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, the Southern California Wood Design Symposium will pack an informational punch for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, code officials and anyone interested in wood’s exciting design possibilities. During the day, access wood design experts, informative seminars, technical information from manufacturers, engineering consultants and industry associations, and exhibits featuring a wide range of structural and finishing products.

SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS

OPENING PLENARY SESSION 8:15 AM

Progressive Wood Construction: The Evolution from Low-Rise to Tall Wood

Mike Romanowski, SE, WoodWorks

As a structural building material, wood has been a staple in the US for hundreds of years. However, recent decades have seen a dramatic change in the type and scale of wood projects. As codes have evolved due to recognition of the fire and life safety, structural, and resilient capabilities of wood-construction, new doors have opened that allow larger and taller wood buildings. Concurrently, advances in the technology behind the production of wood products and components have led to the introduction and increased use of off-site construction and mass timber. This opening plenary will take attendees through the progression of wood construction—from light-frame low-rise, to mid-rise, to mass timber and tall wood. With an emphasis on design topics and code provisions applicable to all these building scales, this session will set the stage for the in-depth technical talks taking place throughout the day.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1979 and has 37 years of structural engineering design, plan check/peer review and investigative experience. He has been involved in the production of engineering calculations and construction documents, construction administration, field investigations and report writing for educational, commercial, industrial, medical, institutional, residential and military projects utilizing all types of building materials. Mike is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California.

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ROOM 1 – Mass Timber

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

CLT in the US: Manufacturing and Applications

D.R. Johnson

Architects around the world are using mass timber construction systems to build taller wood buildings, incorporate the aesthetic of exposed wood, or increase the amount of prefabrication on their projects. Many use cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams as the building structure, often as a carbon-friendly alternative to conventional materials such as steel, masonry and concrete. In this presentation by an Oregon-based CLT manufacturer, successful US projects will be highlighted to demonstrate the variety of commercial and multi-family applications available for CLT under today’s building codes. Topics will also include CLT manufacturing, benefits such as structural versatility, and potential future uses.

Founded in 1951, D.R. Johnson is a second-generation, family-owned wood products manufacturer located in Riddle, Oregon—the heart of Oregon’s timber country. An affiliated company, Riddle Laminators, was built at the same location in 1967 to manufacture glue-laminated timber beams. Going forward, both the glulam beams and cross-laminated timber panels will be manufactured and sold under the business name D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks and Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the US. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design. 

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO is the West Coast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces recognized design standards such as the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience, including serving 17 years as the Building Official for Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector consulting and structural design experience and helped provide technical input and support for the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. He is active on the IBC Fire Safety Committee and several NFPA Technical Committees, and is a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Mass Timber Structural Design Considerations

Matt Timmers, SE, John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.

With more developers and architects exploring mass timber construction, there is a greater need for members of the design team to understand the unique considerations required to successfully implement these projects. This presentation will give an overview of structural-related aspects of mass timber design, including computer modeling, connections, gravity and lateral systems, moisture and shrinkage, construction tolerances, and erection. Discussion will include building code considerations such as fire resistance and construction type selection, along with lessons learned from the presenter’s experience designing mass timber projects.

Matt Timmers, SE, is an Associate Principal with John A. Martin & Associates, a privately-owned structural engineering firm based in Los Angeles with offices in Oakland. Matt joined the firm 2004 and, in addition to award-winning educational, cultural, mixed-use, commercial and civic projects, he has dedicated his efforts to advance sustainability and progressive engineering solutions. He is a co-author of multiple research papers on mass timber construction, is active in professional and community organizations including the ICC Ad Hoc Committee for Tall Wood Buildings, and has led an office-wide initiative to advance research and applications into seismically active zones like California. Matt holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Southern California.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Timber Offices: Two Case Studies of Form, Function, and Sustainability

Marshall Andrews, LEED AP, DPR Consultants and Steve Guest, AIA, RMW Architecture & Interiors

This presentation will showcase two modern wood office buildings in California—which are helping to lead a nationwide renaissance in creative wood design. First, the project architect for Ice Block 1, one of the first contemporary timber-framed midrise structures in Northern California, will share its story from the decision to use wood, through fire and seismic performance, to construction lessons learned and more. Second, the general contractor for the DPR office expansion in Sacramento will discuss unique aspects of a mass timber install over an existing structure. This project includes a 6,000-square-foot, glulam post-and-beam addition with CLT shear walls and roof framing over a structure built in the 1940s.

During more than 10 years at DPR Construction, Marshall Andrews has displayed both a passion and talent for sustainability. As a part of DPR’s Sustainability Group, he has helped develop in-house estimating tools for clients to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) for various levels of LEED certification early in the design process. His diverse on-site project experience includes sustainable construction for colleges, offices, and data centers. For DPR’s New Sacramento Office project, Marshall was involved early on as Preconstruction Manager, and throughout the build as Project Manager. This early integration was key for successful execution between various design and construction disciplines to deliver a unique, highly sustainable building targeting numerous certifications.

Steve Guest has been with RMW since 1980 and is a graduate of Syracuse University. As a principal at RMW, Steve’s role is to keep the Sacramento studio thriving. When outside the office, Steve is an avid builder and woodworker. Through building, he appreciates adding order to random things, arranging objects in space, feeling the power of his own creations.

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ROOM 2 – Mid-Rise Design

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

Karyn Beebe, P.E., LEED AP, APA

A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. Test results from the (8′ x 12′) full-scale wall configurations, in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC, were used to develop and refine rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC. This presentation provides an update of that research with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. Rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC will be shared.

Karyn is the Western Region Manager for the Field Services Division of APA. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, she oversees field staff based in Texas, California, and Washington to improve all phases of wood-frame construction—from design through construction to post-disaster assessment. She has written multiple articles on the subject of wind and earthquake resistance of wood-frame buildings, is a certified Safety Assessment Program evaluator for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and has participated in damage assessments following multiple tornado and straight-line wind events. Karyn is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and Past President of the San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

1430 Q: Engineering the First 6-over-2 Podium Building in the US

Ryan Miller, SE, LEED AP, Buehler Engineering

While five-story wood buildings are increasingly common, 1430 Q in Sacramento is the first building in the US to include six stories of wood-frame construction over a two-level concrete podium. Intended primarily for engineers, this presentation will explore the structural design challenges associated with this unique mixed-use project—including connection of the wood structure to the concrete podium, and lateral system design. It will also provide insight into the alternate means process that was necessary for project approval, including questions and concerns raised by the City of Sacramento and how they were resolved.

Ryan is a Senior Associate with 15 years of experience in Buehler’s Sacramento office. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, including multi-family podium structures, hotels, sports facilities, and historic retrofits, and developed a passion for mass timber through his role as co-chair of the SEAOCC Sustainable Design Committee. Ryan enjoys finding creative solutions to achieve project goals and maintains a well-rounded view of each building as a whole throughout its design. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Is Wood-Frame Modular the Future of Multi-Family Construction?

Matthew Laase, AIA, NCARB, Jackson|Main Architecture

Modular construction is touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address skilled labor shortages, and reduce jobsite waste. However, some architects and engineers are hesitant to embrace the modular approach because they don’t want their designs to be compromised, and they don’t think it has the flexibility or functionality to execute certain project typologies. This presentation will examine modular wood-frame multi-family projects and associated design best practices. It will cover unique design considerations, detailing, and sourcing techniques (including advantages and challenges of the design/delivery process), and the resulting effects on quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

With over 20 years of experience in commercial office, retail and multi-family design, Matt’s specialties focus on architectural design solutions, project management, real estate design management, interdisciplinary consultant coordination and business development. Having lead project teams both in the US and internationally, he brings a leadership style of collaboration and solution management as primary objectives when directing projects. With the team dynamic in mind, his work in volumetric modular housing often pushes the boundaries of traditional delivery, such as the recently completed Cubix North Park project and Cubix Othello, currently under construction. Matt is the current Chair of the Washington State University School of Architecture Advisory Board.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Code-Compliant Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

Determining the proper code application for fire-resistant wood-frame assemblies and exposed wood structural members can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floors/ceilings and roofs/ceilings, interior and exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will also include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. type of construction.

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO is the West Coast Regional Manager for the AWC, which produces recognized design standards such as the NDS for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience, including serving 17 years as the Building Official for Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector consulting and structural design experience and helped provide technical input and support for the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. He is active on the IBC Fire Safety Committee and several NFPA Technical Committees, and is a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.

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ROOM 3 – National Partners

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Innovative Building Solutions: Exceeding Objectives in Multi-Family Construction

LP Building Solutions

Wood framing continues to grow as the material of choice for multi-family construction. This presentation will discuss innovations in the use of value added OSB products in applications such as optimized fire-rated assemblies and siding designed to resist moisture and impact. Discussion will focus on applications in Type III and Type V buildings, and opportunities for optimized solutions that offer greater durability at lower cost.

LP Building Solutions is a leader in high-performance building solutions designed for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. LP specializes in advanced technologies to deliver uniquely engineered wood products that help you build everything smarter, better, faster and more efficiently – from a single-family home to a multi-family complex to a home owner’s remodeling project. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Framing Techniques for Builders: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Weyerhaeuser

This interactive session builds on the idea that builders can improve framing techniques through the lens of others’ challenges and solutions. Recent commercial and multi-family construction hurdles related to issues with building framing schemes will be reviewed through case studies and lessons learned. Best practices that builders can employ to avoid similar issues on their own projects will be discussed, and the audience will be asked to participate and apply practices reviewed during the session. Attendees will leave prepared with design strategies to produce high-performing structures and methodologies that can be considered and applied in construction immediately.

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. The company’s wood products business offers leading structural frame materials and OSB products, software, and technical support for residential, multi-family, and light commercial construction under the Weyerhaeuser and Trus Joist brand names. Weyerhaeuser is also one of the largest building products distributors in the US, offering products through more than 300 suppliers. Weyerhaeuser manages its timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally-recognized forestry standards; all the company’s structural wood products are certified to the SFI standard. At the end of 2018, the company employed approximately 9,300 people who serve customers worldwide and generated more than $7.2 billion in net sales.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Mass Plywood Panels: Designing with the Newest Mass Timber Structural Product

Freres Lumber Co.

Mass plywood panels (MPP), a veneer-based engineered wood product, are a recent addition to the mass timber line-up of product options. This presentation will introduce MPPs with an outline of the manufacturing technologies, testing and certification that led to their development, followed by an in-depth look at the applications and requirements associated with their use. Topics will include methods of structural design, code compliance, product size options, and availability.

Freres Lumber Co. is an industry leader in the production of grade lumber, speciality veneer, plywood, and its latest offering, mass plywood panels (MPP). A family-owned and operated business since 1922, Freres also produces and sells a variety of wood by-products derived from its primary manufacturing processes, including small dimension lumber, wood chips, shavings, bark dust, and electricity. Throughout the company’s long life, it has focused on maintaining modern manufacturing facilities, providing high-quality wood products, and providing family-wage jobs in its local communities.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Mid-Rise Engineering Considerations for Engineered Wood Products 

Boise Cascade

Wood products take on a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and forms. While many designers are familiar with engineered wood products such as I-joists, wood sheathing and structural composite lumber, it is important to understand the structural requirements associated with each in order to achieve proper performance—especially in mid-rise applications. With an emphasis on products used in commercial and multi-family buildings, this presentation will cover fastening requirements, load capacity and proper detailing.

Boise Cascade has a proven track record of providing quality wood products and a nationwide building materials distribution network for its customers. Boise Cascade prides itself on being a consistent and stable partner with a strong sense of urgency to help its customers achieve success. Boise Cascade manufactures engineered wood products and plywood, and supplies a broad line of wood products and building materials through 38 distribution locations.

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CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION 3:45 PM

Why Timber is Changing the Way We Design and Build

Dean Lewis, PE, SE, DCI Engineers, Ankit Sanghvi, DBIA, LEED-AP, PCL Construction Services, Inc. and Matthew Laase, AIA, NCARB, Jackson|Main Architecture

Change in the construction industry is a notoriously slow process. And yet, due to a confluence of factors that include a skilled labor shortage and the need for greater energy efficiency and a lighter carbon footprint, change is happening quickly. Advancements in engineered wood products and the technologies used to create them are resulting in higher levels of precision, prefabrication, envelope efficiency, and MEP service integration. This dynamic panel will discuss the use of off-site wood and mass timber construction in the context of completed projects along the eastern seaboard. Reasons for their material selections, challenges and solutions associated with off-site techniques, and unique lessons learned throughout the design and construction processes will all be presented. Attendees will hear first-hand why designers, developers and contractors are looking to integrate off-site and mass timber methodologies, and perhaps leave with ideas on how they too can be part of the positive change.

Dean Lewis is a licensed structural and civil engineer and Associate at DCI Engineers. He is a crucial member of DCI’s San Francisco office, which, within a 5-year timespan, has amassed a portfolio of more than 5,000 units of multi-family housing at various stages of design and construction. Dean’s expertise spans a wide variety of prefabrication and modular construction methods, utilizing both traditional light-frame and mass timber. Dean helps support DCI Engineers timber technical committees in order to form a portfolio of over 50 mass timber projects in the past two years.  

A Preconstruction Manager with PCL’s Construction’s Denver office, Ankit is responsible for leading pursuits, preconstruction, and design management efforts for various projects within the higher education, office, commercial mixed-use, resort/hospitality, and institutional market sectors. In 2014, he was Project Manager for the Pavilion at Laurel Village at Colorado State University, which utilized CLT, and he is currently leading preconstruction efforts on the Pioneer Career Achievement Center at the University of Denver, a three-story mass timber project that will break ground in summer 2019.

With over 20 years of experience in commercial office, retail and multi-family design, Matt’s specialties focus on architectural design solutions, project management, real estate design management, interdisciplinary consultant coordination and business development. Having lead project teams both in the US and internationally, he brings a leadership style of collaboration and solution management as primary objectives when directing projects. With the team dynamic in mind, his work in volumetric modular housing often pushes the boundaries of traditional delivery, such as the recently completed Cubix North Park project and Cubix Othello, currently under construction. Matt is the current Chair of the Washington State University School of Architecture Advisory Board.

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HOURS

Onsite Check-in Begins: 7:30 am
Opening Plenary Session: 8:15 am
Lunch: 11:45 – 1:00 pm includes Wood Design Award video
Symposium Concludes: 4:45 pm

VENUE – SYMPOSIUM

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking: Click here for directions and parking information

CREDITS

Symposium: Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar).

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

EVENT PRESENTATIONS

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CONTACT

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager
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Ph: (301) 633-0330

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite’s fee, which varies by state, is nonrefundable.

Details

Date:
November 13
Time:
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Cost:
$75 – $100
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Venue

Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA 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.