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Mass Timbers Growing Foothold in the Northeast: Assessing the What, Why and How

September 23, 2020 – 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Northeast RegionNortheast Region,


Join us at 10 AM EDT

This virtual workshop and its content is geared toward the Northeast Region.

Mass timber is making a gradual shift from specialty system to mainstream material across the US. The Pacific Northwest in particular gets a lot of attention for the pioneering use of these materials—but the Northeast has also seen considerable momentum. This virtual workshop will bring together professionals from the design and construction communities to highlight three mass timber projects in the region, including a residence hall at the Rhode Island School of Design, a classroom and lab facility at Bowdoin College, and a spec office building in Newington, New Hampshire. The state of timberlands in the region will also be explored, with an emphasis on how working forests support rural economies and sustainable construction materials. We’ll also take you on a virtual tour of the Newington office building, and share key insights from the design, preconstruction.



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.

David J Odeh
, Odeh Engineers

David is a Principal at Odeh Engineers, Inc., a leading structural design firm with offices in Providence and Boston and projects throughout the United States. He is a Past President of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, and currently serves on the ASCE Board of Direction.  He has taught at both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design as an adjunct lecturer, and has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and universities.

Matt Tonello
Consigli Construction

Matt is Director of Operations for the Portland, Maine office of Consigli Construction, a leading construction manager and general contractor serving clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Before joining Consigli 16 years ago, he worked as a structural engineer in the Boston area, and led the initial development of the structural engineering application for Revit Technology. Matt holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, MS in Civil Engineering/Structural Concentration from UMass Lowell, and an MBA in Real Estate Development & Entrepreneurship from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He is a registered structural engineer in Maine and Massachusetts, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Kenneth Seitz
Aberthaw Construction Company

Ken joined Aberthaw Construction Company as a Project Superintendent in 2007. He is responsible for day-to-day job-site control on individual projects, and supervises all aspects of job-site operations. Ken’s construction experience spans nearly 20 years, during which time he has served as Facilities Engineer, Data Center Engineer, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and owner of a general contracting company specializing in the construction and remodeling of custom homes and multi-unit housing developments. He is highly skilled at working in a variety of markets, and is particularly adept at working under a compressed schedule and in occupied settings.

Allistair Former, Aberthaw Construction

Allistair has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His diverse background spans operations and project management, market development, distribution, sales, and purchasing, for both commercial and residential projects. He is Director of Business Development for Massachusetts-based Aberthaw Construction, a company that has operated continuously for more than 125 years.

Sean CashmanAberthaw Construction Company

Sean joined Aberthaw Construction Company in 1994. As Principal, he is responsible for managing all aspects of preconstruction cost and estimating, as well as overseeing the bidding process and managing key projects. Sean has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked as a Structural Engineer, Field Engineer, Cost Estimator, and Project Manager, where his focus and experience include new construction for a wide range of building.

Douglas R. Steimle, PE, Schaefer

Doug is a structural engineer with expertise in the design of mixed-use structures, including multi-story wood-frame buildings over concrete retail, parking or office structures.  He also has been either the Engineer of Record or Specialty Connection Engineer on over 25 mass timber buildings.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, and is licensed in New York, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Frank Lowenstein
New England Forestry Foundation

Frank is Deputy Director and Chief Conservation Officer for the New England Forestry Foundation, a 75-year-old organization that advocates for sustainable forest management and conservation in New England. He also serves on the faculties of Harvard University’s Extension School and Brandeis University, where he teaches courses on climate change and land conservation. Since 2014, he has worked with other staff at New England Forestry Foundation to establish and grow the Build It With Wood program, which seeks to create a sustainable supply chain from well-managed New England forests to new urban mass timber buildings as an explicit climate solution. Frank has also published extensively on climate issues.


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM:  Welcome and Setting the State for Mass Timber in the Northeast – Marc Rivard, WoodWorks

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Hybrid Mass Timber + Steel at the Rhode Island School of Design Residence Hall – David Odeh, Odeh Engineers

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Finding Value and Distinction with Mass Timber: Bowdoin College’s Mills Hall and the Center for Arctic Studies – Matthew Tonello, Consigli Construction

11:15 – 11:30 AM:  Partner Break

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Virtual Tour and Presentation of New Hampshire’s First Mass Timber Office Building – Allistair Former, Ken Seitz and Sean Cashman, Aberthaw Construction Company & Doug Steimle, PE, Schaefer

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Forest-to-Cities: Linking Climate-Smart Forestry with Mass Timber Construction – Frank Lowenstein, New England Forestry Foundation

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Panel Q&A


Attendees will qualify for 2.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.5 PDH credits or 0.25 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager


Ph: (301) 633-0330


Refunds up to 7 days before event

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


September 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Meeting for Northeast
Northeast Region, 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.