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Virtual Symposium: Innovative Timber Construction in the Southeast

April 14, 2020 – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm




Join us at 9:00 EDT, 8:00 CDT

As a result of COVID-19, we are shifting the previously scheduled Wood Design Symposium to a remote platform. The Zoom meeting ID will be provided to you after you register in your confirmation email.

We will be featuring 2 tracks – Mass Timber and Mid-Rise Design.



ROOM 1 – Mass Timber


Mass Timber Buildings in the Southern US: A Clemson University Case Study

Brian Campa, AIA, LEED AP, Cooper Carry

The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center at Clemson University was a project that uniquely tested the viability of mass timber construction in the southern US. Among the design nuances, it is the first building east of the Mississippi to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) made from Southern Yellow Pine. The location of a fitness and wellness center on a lakeside site also required a clear expression of the natural materials that comprise the structure, including CLT structural slabs and walls, glulam columns and beams, cypress screens, and thermo-set wood-based fiber panels. Aimed at helping others understand the benefits and challenges of mass timber systems, this case study presentation by the project architect will provide insights into the process and design, with an emphasis on material cost analysis, thermal performance, durability, sustainability, and biophilia.

As a Principal and Design Director with Cooper Carry, Brian Campa specializes in designing higher education facilities. His experience includes higher education, science and technology, K–12, residential, and hospitality, as well as master planning of university campuses. Brian graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and the United States Green Building Council. Brian is a registered architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.


Detailing Mass Timber Buildings for Fire Safety

David Barber, Arup

Heavy and mass timber buildings are unique in that they can have an unprotected structure while still providing a level of fire resistance required by code. However, both designers and jurisdictions tend to be unfamiliar with this approach. This presentation aims to answer questions commonly asked about mass timber fire performance, including “delamination” and fire-resistance ratings, and how these issues relate to low- and mid-rise buildings within the size limits of the current IBC vs. high-rise buildings. Discussion will include implementation of char calculations, considerations for connections, penetrations, joints, partitions, and the use of fire test data to demonstrate performance. With a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions, attendees will be able to confidently pursue exposed wood for their projects.

David is a Principal with multi-disciplinary engineering firm Arup, where he specializes in the fire safety of mass timber buildings. For over 20 years, he has assisted with fire testing, helped develop new timber technologies, authored fire safety design guides for construction, and implemented fire safety solutions for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. With resurgent interest in mass timber construction, David relocated to Washington to assist Arup in developing a US-based team that works with researchers, architects and developers in the fire safety of timber structures. He is currently working with project teams on mass timber buildings throughout the US and globally.


Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

Duncan Bourke, PEng, BSc, ASPECT Structural Engineers

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This session focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on connection design options ranging from commodity fasteners and pre-engineered wood products to custom-designed solutions. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire, and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Duncan has over a decade of experience working alongside industry leaders with a focus on timber design-build projects. His ability to foresee design, fabrication and installation challenges consistently results in complete, accurate and achievable designs, while his role as Design-Build Project Manager has made him skilled in the sourcing of innovative, effective and efficient materials, connections and fasteners. Experienced in all major building material systems, Duncan’s extensive design portfolio includes mass timber mid-rise, schools, university buildings, community centers, commercial buildings, museums, and more.


Navigating Code Requirements for Mass Timber

Paul Coats, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

This presentation will examine how changes to the International Building Code (IBC) have significantly expanded the options for mass timber construction—starting with the prescriptive recognition of cross-laminated timber in the 2015 version and building momentum with changes in the 2018 and 2021 editions. Discussion will include an overview of how the code defines mass timber products in terms of certification and manufacturing standards; fire and life safety aspects such as combustibility, flame spread and fire-resistance ratings; and applications for mass timber in multi-family and commercial buildings based on construction type, building size, and other criteria. Finally, it will explore significant code changes relative to the introduction of three new mass timber construction types for tall wood buildings up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 IBC.

Paul is the Southeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council, which produces code-referenced design standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction.  A graduate of Purdue University, Paul has over 25 years of experience with codes, including building inspection, plan review, engineering, and consulting. He routinely assists code officials and designers and participates in national and state-level code development activities. Prior to joining AWC, Paul was on the Code Development Staff of BOCA International, a legacy organization of the International Code Council.

ROOM 2 – Mid-Rise Design


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.


Advanced Detailing Techniques for Building Enclosures

Robert J. Dinjar, PE, Rimkus Building Consultants

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices with references from technical guidelines and case studies. Finally, the critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies (i.e., walls, roofs, balconies, windows) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. Details and case studies will be presented for each.

Robert’s work includes investigating and evaluating commercial and residential structures to determine the cause of structural and building envelope concerns and identify solutions. Experienced with a wide range of building systems and their components, he performs field assessments of existing structures, and prepares schematic repair reports and design documents. He has also been involved in remediation plans for damaged buildings, the preservation of historical structures, structural failure analysis, foundation and structural movement, construction defect evaluations, FEMA flood plain compliance, and installation of roof, siding, window, and door systems in hurricane-prone regions. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.


Frame it Right! Back to Basics for Big Buildings

Robert (Bob) Kuserk, PE, APA

The demand for commercial and multi-family construction is soaring, and the framing industry is expanding to meet this demand. APA – The Engineered Wood Association has walked hundreds of job sites and identified the most common wood construction framing errors found in today’s non-residential buildings. This session examines the consequences of these framing mistakes from the ground up, providing practical solutions for avoiding typical issues using APA’s resources as a guide.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, and is a licensed professional engineer. An expert on residential and commercial design with engineered wood products, Bob joined APA in 2016 as an Engineered Wood Specialist covering the Northeast territory. Prior to joining APA, he spent twenty years as an engineer providing technical support for a major manufacturer of engineered wood products. He is actively involved in consulting with builders, suppliers, designers and code officials to enhance their use and understanding of engineered wood products. His design and construction management experience includes residential and commercial structural design.


Framing Techniques for Builders: Lessons Learned and Best Practices


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 of 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.

CLOSING 12:25–12:30 PM


Open Discussion, Project-Specific Questions, Q&A

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Attendees can earn 3.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.0 PDH credits, or 0.3 ICC credits


Click here to access the presentations – available prior to the event.


LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP
Event Manager
WoodWorks – Wood Products Council
Cell: 301-633-0330

Refund Policy

Cancel before April 7, 2020 to receive full refund (less Eventbrite fees). Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.


April 14
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Zoom Meeting
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.