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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design Through Project Close Out

August 19, 2020 – 9:00 am - 1:15 pm




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

This virtual event and its content is geared toward the states and WoodWorks regions shown below – if you are west of these states, please register for this Construction Management workshop.

Innovations in mass timber construction are offering new opportunities for the building industry. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) combine multiple laminations of lumber to produce solid timber elements such as floor and wall panels, beams, and columns. These elements have high strength-to-weight ratios, allowing them to replace more traditional construction materials while providing sustainable systems that can meet code criteria for acoustics, fire-resistance, seismic performance, energy efficiency, and more. However, while design and code aspects of mass timber receive a great deal of focus, it is the construction aspects that often decide whether a project goes forward. Mass timber construction has similarities to other systems, but it also has unique attributes—and a complete understanding of the differences is key to efficient project cost estimation and efficient construction. This in-depth, multi-faceted virtual workshop will explore mass timber from design through preconstruction, fabrication, erection, and project close-out. After setting the stage with an overview of mass timber products and sustainability attributes, discussion will focus on construction topics, including risk analysis, design team interaction, cost optimization, scheduling, site planning, and other logistics. Intended for construction industry professionals looking to gain a deep understanding of the unique attributes of mass timber construction, this virtual workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.


Kathryn FernholzDovetail Partners, Inc.

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Kathryn is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.

Christopher EvansSwinerton Mass Timber

Christopher is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a BS in mathematics, he started a small residential construction company focused on structural retrofits. In 2008, he joined Swinerton Builders in Hawaii, quickly rising through the company ranks to become Chief Estimator. In 2015, Christopher moved to Swinerton’s Portland office to lead a $225M development in southwest Washington. More recently, he led the construction of a 156,000-square-foot cross-laminated timber office building, currently the largest installation of CLT in the US. Christopher is a LEED AP and holds an MS in International Construction Management from the University of Florida. In 2015 he was recognized as an ENR Top 20 under 40 in the Hawaii and California region.

Kevin Bittenbender, Company Steward, Bensonwood

After studying economics at Middlebury College, followed by a brief stint as a carpenter in Colorado, Kevin joined Bensonwood. Passionate about working efficiently, Kevin actively incorporates Lean principles and practices into Bensonwood’s operations. From organizing training and facilitating events, to helping integrate improvements on the shop floor, Kevin has played an instrumental role in pushing Lean forward in the ever constant challenge to reduce waste and improve our processes. Kevin served as the team leader for the woodworking department and now oversees the design development, engineering, and virtual fabrication teams. Kevin also serves as a Company Steward.

Justin Deveau, Shawmut Construction

A passionate builder and supporter of new technologies, Justin oversaw construction of the first hybrid steel/cross-laminated timber (CLT) student residence hall in the northeast. In this presentation, he will provide insights on the successful use of CLT decking on this six-story project, including site planning, logistics, coordination, and safety. Justin has extensive experience managing large, complex public and private construction projects throughout the New England education market.

Greg Kingsley, PhD, PEKL&A Engineers and Builders

Greg is the president and CEO of KL&A Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado, a firm of 95 that includes structural engineers, detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys working on innovative wood structures of all kinds, but especially in mass timber.

Ashley Rao, AIA, LEED AP , Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Ashley is a licensed architect with Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston.  Known for their work in complex academic and infrastructure projects, Leers Weinzapfel is an emerging leader in the field of mass timber design.  Ashley is project manager for the University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Residences, a 708-bed, 202,000-sf dormitory complex under construction in Fayetteville, AR—the largest dormitory project in the US to be constructed using advanced timber technology.  A graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University, Ashley is passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable buildings and urban environments.

Anthony Harvey, PE, WoodWorks

A licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky, Anthony received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, both with structural specialization. Before joining WoodWorks, he spent more than a decade working as a design consultant. He has experience in structural design, 3D modeling and detailing (REVIT), construction administration, inspections, and project management for a variety of project types, including: healthcare, office, retail, K-12/higher education, historical, industrial/distillery, municipal, military, multi-family, and mixed-used buildings. Anthony is also a Major in the United States Army Reserve where, as an Engineer Officer, he has held various leadership and staff positions.

Jeff Peters, PE, WoodWorks

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 after serving 5 years in the United States Air Force as an F-16 crew chief; he holds a Certified General Contractor’s License and was previously a small business owner. Jeff has a diverse background that includes structural design, field engineering, threshold inspections and quality control of structures ranging from mid-rise buildings to sporting venues—developed during his time working in the commercial side of the building industry.


9:00-9:10 AM:  Welcome

9:10-9:30 AM: Mass Timber’s Role in a Low Carbon Future

  • Design Tips for Mass Timber: Understanding the Products, Designing to Meet Code – Anthony Harvey, WoodWorks
  • Sustainable Forestry: Renewable Materials Storing Carbon – Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners

9:30-9:45 AM: Partner Break

9:45-11:15 AM: Mass Timber Project Delivery: Costing, Coordinating and Erecting

  • Risk Analysis & Scheduling Approaches – Christopher Evans, Swinerton
  • Design Engagement: Building the Team and Managing the Design – Kevin Bittenbender, Bensonwood
  • Site Planning—Logistics, Coordination, Safety, & Site Management – Justin Deveau, Shawmut Construction
  • Panel Q&A

11:15-11:30 AM: Partner Break

11:30-1:00 PM: How Design Influences Cost, Construction & Schedule

  • Economics: Taking on Financial Responsibility – Greg Kingsley, KL&A
  • The Designer’s Role in Anticipating and Addressing Construction Hurdles – Ashley Rao, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
  • Making the Case and Keeping Costs in Check – Jeff Peters, WoodWorks
  • Panel Q&A

1-1:15 PM: Regional Office Hours


Attendees will qualify for 3.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.5 PDH credits or 0.35 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager


Ph: (301) 633-0330

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19 August 2020
9:00 am - 1:15 pm
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Virtual Zoom Meeting
Online, United States

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