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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design Through Project Close Out

August 27, 2020 – 9:00 am - 1:15 pm




Join us at 9:00 AM PDT, 10:00 AM MDT, 11:00 AM CDT

This virtual workshop and its content is geared toward the states and WoodWorks regions shown below – if you are east of these states, please register for this Construction Management workshop.

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 virtual 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, 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 virtual workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.


Mark Bartlett, PE, WoodWorks

Mark received his BS in Civil Engineering with a specialty in structures from Lehigh University, and has worked as an engineer in many capacities. He spent 11 years as a practicing structural engineer, eight years as a field engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie and six years in business development for a structural engineering firm. His project experience includes residential, retail, hospitality, education, aviation, churches, and movie theaters. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Kathryn FernholzDovetail Partners, Inc.

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Kathryn is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.

Christopher EvansSwinerton Mass Timber

Chris is an experienced construction professional with a demonstrated history of completing difficult projects, including numerous mass timber buildings. He has been with Swinerton Builders since 2008, spending the first seven years in Hawaii followed by five in the Pacific Northwest.  Chris leads Swinerton Mass Timber (SMT), based out of Portland, Oregon.  SMT provides turnkey structural mass timber frames on large commercial projects throughout the United States.  The SMT team is working on leading-edge mass timber projects across the country, including Pier 70 in San Francisco and Ascent in Wisconsin. SMT projects also include the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Oregon, completed in 2018.

Ankit Sanghvi – DBIA®, LEED-AP®, PCL Construction Services, Inc.    

Ankit is a Preconstruction Manager with PCL Construction’s Denver office, where he is responsible for leading pursuits, preconstruction, and design management efforts for projects within the higher education, office, commercial mixed-use, resort/hospitality, and institutional market sectors. Ankit has worked on multiple mass timber projects, helps guide PCL’s national mass timber market outreach, and is a frequent speaker on mass timber at conferences around the country.

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.

Chris Kendall, PE, Principal, KL&A Engineers and Builders

Chris Kendall has over 15 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer and is a Principal at KL&A Engineers and Builders. He has been involved in the design of multiple building types using mass timber as well as most conventional materials. Known by his clients for creativity and respect for architecture, Chris is the Structural Engineer of Record on several mass timber buildings in Colorado, including (among others) Platte Fifteen, a large mass timber office building in Denver; The Loading Dock, a two-story mass timber office building in Boulder; and 5505 Central, a three-story steel and mass timber hybrid office building in Boulder. A Colorado native, he has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Colorado State University.

Scott Barton-Smith, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Hacker Architects

A Senior Project Architect at Hacker, Scott has 28 years of experience crafting inspired architectural solutions tailored to each client’s vision. His career has focused on large, complex projects, including office and workplace, residential, and higher education. Scott is among Hacker’s most knowledgeable mass timber and CLT specialists, and a strong advocate for wood design and construction across the Pacific Northwest. His mass timber projects include the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oregon (one of the largest CLT/glulam structures in the US), and CLT office buildings in design in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and New Reston, Virginia.

Janelle Leafblad, PE, WoodWorks

A California licensed professional engineer, Janelle has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley.


9:00-9:10 AM:  Welcome

9:10-9:30 AM: Mass Timber’s Role in a Low Carbon Future

  • Design Tips for Mass Timber: Understanding the Products, Designing to Meet Code – Mark BartlettWoodWorks
  • Sustainable Forestry: Renewable Materials Storing Carbon – Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners

9:30-9:45 AM: Partner Break

9:45-11:15 AM: Mass Timber Project Delivery: Costing, Coordinating and Erecting

  • Risk Analysis & Scheduling Approaches – Christopher Evans, Swinerton Mass Timber
  • Design Engagement: Building the Team and Managing the Design – Ankit Sanghvi, PCL Construction
  • Site Planning—Logistics, Coordination, Safety, & Site Management – Brad Nile, Andersen Construction
  • Panel Q&A

11:15-11:30 AM: Partner Break

11:30-1:00 PM: How Design Influences Cost, Construction & Schedule

  • Economics: Taking on Financial Responsibility – Chris Kendall KL&A
  • The Designer’s Role in Anticipating and Addressing Construction Hurdles –Scott Barton-Smith, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Hacker Architect
  • Making the Case and Keeping Costs in Check – Janelle LeafbladWoodWorks
  • Panel Q&A

1-1:15 PM: Regional Office Hours


Attendees will qualify for 3.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.5 PDH credits or 0.35 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager


Ph: (301) 633-0330

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27 August 2020
9:00 am - 1:15 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Zoom Meeting
Online, 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.