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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

March 18, 2020 – 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Waltham, MAWaltham, MA

$150 – $185

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.


Melinda Gable, Forest Landowners Association

As Vice President of FLA, Melinda’s passions include taking ideas from conception to execution, bringing federal, private and NGO partners together to advance natural resource policy and achieve common goals, and helping organizations launch successful new programs and major marketing initiatives. Melinda has worked to advance natural resource issues for 25 years, and has helped launch or establish National Public Lands Day, the National Association of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Congressional Casting Call, the US Fish & Wildlife Service Joint Economic Impact Report on Hunters and Anglers, the Archery Trade Association’s Release Your Wild Hunger Games, DOI Sportsmen’s Access to Federal Public Lands, and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Her current focus is promoting the sustainability and economic viability of family forest landowners and dispelling misconceptions regarding stewardship of the natural resources under their care.

Marc Rivard, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. Prior to WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer involved primarily with seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications, construction administration and structural plan review services for a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, education, commercial, office, institutional, and military.

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.

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.

Ricky McLain, PE, SE WoodWorks

Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

Joubin Hassanein, Shawmut Design and Construction

Joubin is a Director for the New England Region at Shawmut Design and Construction. With a long and successful track record, he has guided collaborative teams from pre-construction through project completion for some of the region’s top clients. Joubin also serves as the executive in charge of the company’s IPD projects, which include clients such as Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. As a veteran of the construction industry, his operational know-how and understanding of Lean principles provides a unique and effective perspective. Joubin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Kevin Bittenbender, 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 processes. Kevin served as team leader for the woodworking department and now oversees the design development, engineering, and virtual fabrication teams. Kevin also serves as a Company Steward.


Embassy Suites Waltham
550 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451

Click here for map and directions.

Parking: Free parking on site


Early bird: $150 through February 12

Starting February 13: $185


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


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager


Ph: (301) 633-0330

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite’s fee, which varies by state, is nonrefundable.


March 18
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
$150 – $185
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Embassy Suites – Waltham
Waltham, MA 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.