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Taller with Wood: Design and Construction Techniques for Mass Timber & Wood-Frame Buildings

March 17, 2020 – 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Honolulu, HIHonolulu, HI


The expanding use of wood-frame and mass timber construction for mid- and high-rise projects is allowing architects and engineers to creatively achieve marketplace distinction. Increasingly, wood buildings of five, six and more stories are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. This interactive seminar will focus on three key aspects related to the design and construction of these project types. First it will highlight considerations associated with mid-rise wood-frame buildings, including how to maximize height and area through the use of sprinklers, open frontage, sloping sites, podiums, and mezzanines. Next, it will discuss the preconstruction and logistical aspects of mass timber projects that so often drive financial feasibility. Finally, it will focus on timber high-rises, emphasizing cost implications and design strategies that align with code provisions.


Scott Noble, AIA, NCARB, Kaiser Group, Inc.

Scott has more than 30 years of design and construction management experience and is currently an architect at Kaiser Group and Path Architecture, a leader in cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction. Scott has worked on several mass timber projects, including The Radiator office building, Carbon 12 condominiums, and The Canyons apartment complex. He is currently working on a feasibility study for 450-foot mass timber tower, funded in part by a wood innovation grant from the USDA Forest Service, and is part of an interdisciplinary team seeking to address the challenges of using mass timber in tropical climates. He holds a Bachelor of Science in construction management from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and is a registered architect in Oregon and Hawaii.

Ethan Martin, PE, Regional Director, WoodWorks

Ethan is a licensed engineer in several states with experience ranging from civil engineering and land development to residential, commercial, and educational building design. He earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University specializing in structures. As the previous owner of a structural engineering firm in North Carolina, Ethan has worked on projects that range from small renovations to a 470,000-square-foot, $125 million central school for the Cherokee Nation. He has also worked on national accounts such as Home Depot, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Honda.


On-site Check-in: 8:30 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Lunch: 11:15 –12:00 pm
Seminar ends: 1:00 pm


Morton’s the Steakhouse
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

Parking: $10 valet parking

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

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.



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No need to print a ticket after you register – a name badge will be waiting for you at onsite check-in.

Refund Policy

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


March 17
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Morton’s The Steakhouse – Honolulu
Honolulu, HI 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.