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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out

April 8, 2020 – 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Elk Grove, ILElk Grove, IL

$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.


Scott Jones Forest Landowners Association

Scott has worked in the forestry industry for more than 25 years, developing keen insight on timberland ownership and management, supply chain management, and the impact of state and federal policies. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry, Scott’s early career included managing a 60,000-acre tract of timberland owned by Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation and serving as a procurement forester responsible for purchasing wood for a pulp mill.  He then left the woods to begin his career in the forestry association realm, working for the Georgia Forestry Association and the Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association where he gained experience on policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

Archie Landreman, WoodWorks

Archie lives in Racine, Wisconsin and is the North Central Regional Director for WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. He has been active in the wood and structural building component industry since 1970, and has extensive experience with structural lumber, engineered wood products and mass timber. He is an active and participating member of the American Institute of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects, Construction Specification Institute, Forest Products Society, National Frame Building Association, Structural Building Component Association, Structural Engineers Association, Structural Insulated Panel Association and works closely with the Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin.

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.

Christopher Evans, Swinerton Builders

Chris is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner with Portland-based Swinerton Builders, an ENR top 25 contractor. Chris is the Mass Timber Director for Swinerton Mass Timber, which provides timber supply and installation services to the commercial mass timber market.

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.

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.

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.


Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Center
1256 Estes Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Click here for map and directions.

Parking: Free parking


Early bird: $150 through March 18

Starting March 19: $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:

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

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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April 8
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
$150 – $185
Event Category:


Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
Elk Grove, IL 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.