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Webinar – Mass Timber at the University of Denver: An Authentic Expression of Sustainability

June 10, 2020 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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Set to open in the Fall of 2020, the University of Denver’s Burwell Center for Career Achievement will present an authentic expression of the University’s commitment to sustainability. This three-story, 23,000-square-foot facility provides a mix of classroom space, faculty and administrative offices, and indoor-outdoor forums. In this webinar, the architect and structural engineer will share specifics about the design approach for this project, which is the first in Denver to use cross-laminated timber shear walls and shaft walls. Topics will include detailing for constructability, fire resistance, acoustics, and structural connections, as well as permitting, plan reviews, on-site inspections, and other interactions with the City of Denver. The speakers will also share insights on the collaborative design process—which is critical to keeping mass timber projects streamlined and efficient.

Architect of Record and Design Architect: Lake|Flato
Supporting Architect: Shears Adkins Rockmore
Engineer of Record: KL&A Engineers and Builders


Dan Craig, AIA, LEED AP, Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

Dan Craig, Senior Associate at SA+R, has been practicing architecture in Denver for seventeen years and has a diverse background in terms of project type and scale. Dan has been a leading creative voice on a number of educational and cultural projects, including the Colorado Academy, Denver Botanic Gardens, Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center, and multiple projects at the University of Denver. He’s currently working on the University of Denver’s new Burwell Center for Career Achievement, one of the first all mass timber projects in Colorado, which is targeting LEED v4 Platinum certification. Over the past two years, Dan has worked closely between the Burwell project and the City of Denver to design and execute details unique to mass timber and the region.

Chris Kendall, PE, Principal, KL&A Engineers and Builders

Chris Kendall has over 15 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer and is a Principal at KL&A Engineers and Builders. He has experience in the design of multiple building types using mass timber as well as most conventional materials. Known by his clients for creativity and respect for architecture, Chris is the Structural Engineer of Record on several mass timber buildings in Colorado, including (among others): Platte Fifteen, a large mass timber office building in Denver; The Loading Dock, a two-story mass timber office building in Boulder; and 5505 Central, a three-story steel and mass timber hybrid office building in Boulder. A Colorado native, he has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Colorado State University.

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Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

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June 10
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