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Mass Timber Arrives in Florida in Class A Style: An Evening to Showcase Fifty West

April 22, 2020 – 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Orlando, FLOrlando, FL

$50 – $75

Over the past decade, mass timber has established a significant presence across the U.S. With over 250 built projects and another 450 in design, the perception that mass timber buildings are only being constructed in the Northwest is now far from the truth. Florida’s first full mass timber project—Fifty West in Clermont—is a three-story, 29,000-sf Class A office building that is unlike any other in the state. Join us for an evening of presentations and discussion to learn about the design and construction of this groundbreaking project. Hear first-hand from the project architect and general contractor about topics such as fire-resistance and acoustics, interfacing with building officials and permitting, material procurement, construction sequencing and moisture protection, installation techniques, lessons learned, and more. Fifty West is both educational and inspiring, and this event will equip attendees with the information to pursue mass timber on their own projects.


Jeff Peters, PE, WoodWorks

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 after serving five years in the United States Air Force as an F-16 crew chief. He also 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.

Jeff Powell, AIA, Powell Studio Architecture

Jeff is president and founder of Powell Studio Architecture, a small but diverse architectural firm in Clermont, Florida. Born and raised in Central Florida, he takes pride in being part of the constantly changing urban fabric of the region. Over the past 20 years, he has accumulated a broad realm of experience, ranging from the specialized design and development of ambulatory surgical centers, educational facilities, retail, municipal and recreational projects, to general commercial projects in Florida, New York, Georgia, California, and South Carolina. Through Jeff’s leadership, Powell Studio Architecture has emerged as a fresh, creative design studio, offering innovative design solutions, and a collaborative approach to architecture as an art form.

Chris Hopkinson, Schmid Construction

A Senior Project Manager for Schmid Construction, Chris began his career in 1980 as a 16-year-old Apprentice Carpenter before moving into pre-construction and operations a few years later. Prior to joining Schmid, he was Managing Director for a regional building contractor in the UK, and his previous roles have included Director responsible for operations management, structure, organization and process, and Project Manager. Educated as a Chartered Builder and a Chartered Company Director, his passion is positively influencing the development and growth of people who pass through his life. Having worked on hundreds of projects, he has experience with most building types and construction techniques. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director and Director for over twelve years, and on numerous company boards tasked with driving business growth.


5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Welcome/Reception

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Fifty West Case Study, Panel Discussion & Dinner

  • 6:00 PM – 6:20 PM: Intro to WoodWorks, Providing Technical Assistance on Fifty West (Jeff Peters)
  • 6:20 PM – 6:40 PM: Fifty West from the Architect’s View: Challenges, Solutions and Lessons Learned (Jeff Powell)
  • 6:40 PM – 7:00 PM: Building Fifty West: From PreCon through Installation (Chris Hopkinson)
  • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner choice of:

  • Herb Crusted Salmon – Basmati Rice, Roasted Squash, Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Prime Cut Center Sirloin Filet – Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Gorgonzola Rosemary Espagnole
  • Grilled Portabello Mushroom (Gluten Free, Vegan) – Roasted Pepper & Thyme Quinoa, Grilled Asparagus, Squash, Zucchini, Balsamic Glaze


The Citrus Club
255 S Orange Avenue, Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801

Click here for map and directions.

Parking:  Attached garage


$50 Early bird through March 25
$75 Starting March 26
Registration open through April 14


Attendees will qualify for 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credits or 0.15 ICC credits.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

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


Refunds up to 7 days before event
Eventbrite’s fee, which varies by state, is nonrefundable.


April 22
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$50 – $75
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The Citrus Club
Orlando, FL 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.