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Tall Mass Timber in the Midwest: Designing Two of the Country’s Tallest Wood Projects

February 11, 2020 – 8:00 am - 12:15 pm


Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis, MN


Changes to the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) have created opportunities for mass timber buildings that are much larger and taller than prescriptively allowed in past versions of the code. The new version includes three new construction types, based on the previous Heavy Timber construction type but with additional fire protection requirements, which allow up to 18 stories of timber construction. With the 2021 code for context, this workshop will highlight two projects being proposed in the Midwest—TMBR in Minneapolis and INTRO, Cleveland: Nine Stories of Type IV-B Mass Timber in Ohio City. Starting with an introduction of the new code provisions and design steps for topics such as fire resistance, acoustics and structural detailing, attendees will then hear from the design and development teams working on these projects. They’ll discuss their motivations for using mass timber, interactions with building officials, architectural and structural building design strategies, prescriptive code compliance vs. alternative engineered approaches, design lessons learned, details, and much more.


Archie Landreman, Woodworks – Wood Products Council

Archie has been active in the wood and structural building component industry since 1970. His background includes various sales and sales management positions related to wood products. In particular, he has extensive experience with lumber, structural wood panels, prefabricated wall panels, wood trusses, engineered wood beams and I-joists. He is a participating member of organizations including AIA, ALA, CSI, FPS, NFBA, SBCA, SEA, and SIPA.

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 very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.

Dan Whalen, Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors

Dan leads all aspects of INTRO, Cleveland: Nine Stories of Type IV-B Mass Timber in Ohio City, while assisting in acquisitions and development across the Harbor Bay portfolio. Prior to joining Harbor Bay, he held multiple development roles, including Director of Development for Starwood Retail, where he led nearly $200,000,000 in redevelopment projects throughout Starwood’s $7 billion national platform. Dan is a Cleveland native and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University where he received first team All-America honors at Quarterback. He also received his MBA from Case’s Weatherhead School of Management with a focus on Finance and Design.

Colin Oglesbay, D/O Architects

Colin Oglesbay is the Managing Principal of D/O Architects, an interdisciplinary design studio with a commitment to design excellence through the integration of buildings and landscapes. Colin studied landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. His work, research and writing focus on new and innovative methods to link nature and buildings. He has written about these ideas for T/here: Journal of Architecture + Landscape, Scape Magazine, and Architecture MN Magazine. He teaches at the University of Minnesota and guest lectures at Dunwoody College. With over 20 years of experience in the field of landscape and architecture, he has lead projects ranging in scale from integrated campus planning to off-the-grid outhouses that purify local water.


Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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On-site parking, fee: $10 hourly or $27 daily

Valet parking, fee: $45


Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Mary Schramka, Event Manager


Ph: 708-204-9578


February 11
8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Event Category:


Renaissance Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN 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.