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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

February 5, 2020 – 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA


Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

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 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, cost case studies 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 workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.


Bruce Lindsey WoodWorks

Based in Charlotte, NC, Bruce is a 20-year veteran of the wood products industry. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in construction technology, concentrating in architectural design, and a minor in physics. His multi-faceted career experience has included architectural design, structural design and roles within the engineered wood products industry related to marketing, product management, distribution, consulting and sales.

Tiffanie Starr, Timber Investment Resources

Tiffany has extensive experience executing multi-faceted acquisitions involving forests held by publicly-traded companies, governmental agencies, and large private landowners in the U.S., as well as Canada, South America, Europe and Australasia. Since joining TIR, she has helped complete more than 36 transactions worth more than $500 million. In her role as Managing Director, Acquisitions, Tiffanie is also involved in TIR’s public affairs, conservation group relations, and environmental, social and governance activities.

Graham Montgomery, PE, Swinerton

As Technical Director for Swinerton Builders’ Mass Timber Division, Graham works with clients and project teams to bring a new age of sustainable timber buildings to fruition. With a background in structural engineering, he uses a combination of technical knowledge and construction experience to support projects from preconstruction through completion, coordinating VD&C efforts and shop drawings, reviewing engineering efforts, and assisting with global procurement of materials. An industry leader, Swinerton’s experience with mass timber began with the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oregon, and the company is currently working on the tallest wood building in the U.S. Graham is a registered professional engineer in seven states, and has in-depth knowledge of all types of structural systems and materials. He graduated from Clemson University with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering.

Brendan Kelly, Swinerton Mass Timber

Brendan Kelly is the Lead Superintendent for Swinerton Mass Timber. He is a fourth generation craftsperson with over 15 years of experience as a carpenter by trade, starting as a first-term apprentice and working his way up to supervision in the Portland Metro area.  His experience with both concrete and mass timber construction gives him the ability to foresee and prepare for potential conflicts regarding schedule durations, field logistics, quality, and employee safety.  He is excited about mass timber for the beauty of the finished product and the increased speed of construction.  Brendan has managed six mass timber projects in the past three years:  First Tech Credit Union headquarters, Beaverton Public Safety Center, University of Oregon Knight Center for Accelerating Scientific Impact, Lincoln City Police Department, Washington County Event Center, and Hillsboro Community Center.

Greg Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&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.

Melissa Kroskey, AIA, SE, WoodWorks

A licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has over fifteen years of professional experience spanning architectural design, structural engineering, digital fabrication and public relations. She has a broad perspective on the industry and technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Melissa has worked on a variety of building types, including civic, educational, multi-family residential, luxury single-family residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. She has collaborated with innovative fabricators and encourages designers to engage fabricators early in the design process. Melissa has a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and also studied architecture at SCI-Arc.

Brad Nile, Andersen Construction Co Inc.

As a lifelong builder and student of construction systems, Brad has made this the focus of his academic studies as well as world travels.  In his 25 years with Andersen Construction, Brad has managed the construction of many landmark commercial and institutional buildings in Oregon, including the new mass timber projects at the Oregon State University College of Forestry as well as mixed use, mass timber projects in Portland Oregon.  Brad lead the Andersen Construction teams that were responsible for estimating, procuring and erecting these structures. Coming from a family of forest landowners, Brad has a deep understanding of the timber industry and is passionate about the growing use of mass timber in institutional and commercial projects.


Maggiano’s Little Italy Cumberland
1601 Cumberland Mall SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

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Parking: Complimentary parking




Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6 PDH credits or 0.6 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Courtney Rouse

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February 5
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Maggianos Little Italy – Cumberland
Atlanta, GA 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.