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Texas Wood Design Symposium

February 25, 2020 – 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

 

Houston, TXHouston, TX

$100

With a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, the Texas Wood Design Symposium will pack an informational punch for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, code officials and anyone interested in wood’s exciting design possibilities. During the day, access wood design experts, informative seminars, technical information from manufacturers, engineering consultants and industry associations, and exhibits featuring a wide range of structural and finishing products.

OPENING PLENARY SESSION 8:15 AM

Progressive Wood Construction: The Evolution from Low-Rise to Tall Wood

Sherry Mundell, PE, WoodWorks

As a structural building material, wood has been a staple in the US for hundreds of years. However, recent decades have seen a dramatic change in the type and scale of wood projects. As codes have evolved due to recognition of the fire and life safety, structural, and resilient capabilities of wood-construction, new doors have opened that allow larger and taller wood buildings. Concurrently, advances in the technology behind the production of wood products and components have led to the introduction and increased use of off-site construction and mass timber. This opening plenary will take attendees through the progression of wood construction—from light-frame low-rise, to mid-rise, to mass timber and tall wood. With an emphasis on design topics and code provisions applicable to all these building scales, this session will set the stage for the in-depth technical talks taking place throughout the day.

A licensed professional engineer in Texas, Sherry joined WoodWorks in 2014 after more than a decade as a structural design consultant. During this time, her project work spanned a wide range of building types—from mid-rise student housing and office buildings to schools, malls, museums and high-rises—giving her a depth of knowledge that she now uses to assist architects, engineers and others involved in the design of wood buildings. Sherry earned a BS in Architectural Engineering and is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas.

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ROOM 1 – Mid-Rise Design

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Wood-Frame Shear Wall and Diaphragm Design

Tim Strasser, PE, WoodWorks

This course is intended for structural engineers and building designers seeking an overview of design steps, considerations and detailing best practices related to the wind- and seismic-resistive design of wood-frame diaphragms and shear walls. It provides an overview of relevant 2015 International Building Code (IBC) provisions and American Wood Council (AWC)-referenced standards, a discussion of common design errors, and guidance related to load path continuity. Discussion will cover diaphragm load paths, chords, collectors and openings, as well as shear wall components, construction options, overturning restraint systems and detailing considerations. Design examples will be used to illustrate key principles and code provisions.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining WoodWorks, Tim worked for four and a half years as a Plans Examiner for the City of Aurora, Colorado (near Denver) which gave him experience in reviewing plans and construction documents for code compliance. He has a variety of other work experience ranging from: Construction: 2002–2004, Structural Engineering: 2004–2009, Forensic Engineering: 2009–2013. Tim has experience with a wide variety of building materials, including wood.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Structural Engineering of Texas Mid-Rise Buildings

Drew Dudley, PE, SE, Dudley Dunham Engineering, Texas A&M University

This presentation is intended for structural engineers who are seeking to broaden their knowledge of design considerations associated with 4- to 6-story light wood-frame buildings in Texas. Topics will include structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral systems. Lateral design discussion will review engineering for high winds and design of open front structures due to the increasing desire for large window and door penetrations at exterior walls. Other topics will include specification of plated wood trusses, options for exterior balcony framing, masonry shelf angle design for taller veneers (exceeding 30 feet), wood shrinkage, and floor vibration.

Drew is a Professor of Practice with Texas A&M University in the College of Architecture/Construction Science Department and Vice President with Dudley Dunham Engineering, a structural engineering firm focused on multi-family, commercial and industrial building design based out of College Station, Texas that practices in multiple states across the country. Drew’s experience includes podium, garden and wrap style multi-family projects with both wood and cold-formed steel framing. Additionally, he has experience on commercial projects which utilize a combination of structural steel, concrete, masonry and heavy timber construction to form efficient, safe and aesthetically pleasing structures. As a professor in the Construction Science Department, Drew has the opportunity to simplify the practice of structural engineering into its key aspects, so students are better prepared to communicate with structural engineers and architects as they construct the buildings of the future.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Before the Storm: Building for High-Wind Resistance

Cathy Scarince, PE, APA – The Engineered Wood Association

This session will examine structural failures observed during storm damage assessments and the behavior of wood structures during high-wind events. Discussion will include an overview of how high wind forces work, the importance of a complete load path to building resiliency, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings. Both code requirements and APA’s above-code recommendations, which contribute to improved overall performance in the structural shell, will be reviewed. These recommendations focus on good connection details and common failure modes seen in storm-damage assessments, and can help builders to cost-effectively build safer structures. By understanding key code requirements and lateral-load concepts, building damage in storms can be minimized.

Cathy is an Engineered Wood Specialist with the Field Services Division of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After spending six years as a structural engineer, Cathy spent 18 years working for general contractors in the commercial construction industry. In her role as an Engineered Wood Specialist for the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, she works with local building officials, builders, engineers, architects, suppliers, and others to enhance their knowledge and understanding of engineered wood products. Cathy works to ensure that the products are properly specified, designed, and installed to maximize the many benefits of engineered wood products.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Detailing Specific Cladding Requirements for Mid-Rise Wood-Framed Buildings

Warren R. French, PE, RBEC, F-IIBEC, French Engineering

Mid-rise wood-frame buildings are ubiquitous in modern construction and getting taller all the time—with five stories now common across the US. However, they are not without challenges. One aspect that requires unique consideration and detailing is the potential cumulative effect of wood shrinkage and elastic shortening of the structure. In particular, the effect of shrinkage on the cladding system and its attachment to the wood-frame structure must be accounted for with proper detailing to achieve long-term cladding durability. This presentation will explore the design and attachment of a number of exterior cladding systems on multi-story wood-frame buildings, including Portland cement plaster (stucco), exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), metal panels, and fiber-cement lap siding. Through the lens of investigations performed on completed projects, the presenter will highlight lessons learned and suggested detailing and design methods.

Warren R. French is a registered professional engineer in 20 states, as well as a Registered Building Enclosure Consultant (RBEC) through IIBEC. He has extensive experience with design peer reviews, as well as numerous forensic investigations pertaining to exterior cladding systems for hundreds of mid-rise, wood-framed, multi-family residential projects.

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ROOM 2 – Mass Timber

MORNING SESSION 9:15 AM

Making a Texas Timber Statement: Innovation through the Lens of Higher Education Projects

Darrell Whatley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, & Steve DurhamAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Kirksey | Architecture

While the Pacific Northwest is often mentioned a hub for mass timber, Texas has been making a name for itself with a spate of innovative projects. This presentation will highlight the evolution of a Houston-based architectural firm as it pursued mass timber for three higher education buildings. Mass timber is not a one-size-fits-all solution and, as such, the projects discussed in this presentation—at Rice University, Steven F Austin State University, and San Jacinto Community College—will showcase varying applications as well as potential design challenges and their solutions. Discussion will include how to evaluate whether mass timber is a good fit for a project, and the resulting impacts of choosing it as a structural and architectural material.

Darrell Whatley is a Vice President for Kirksey Architecture and serves as a project manager on the collegiate team. He has been with the company for 19 years, working on university projects that range from housing to classroom buildings. Kirksey is currently involved in three mass timber projects of different size and type. All three are recipients of recent grants through the USDA Forest Service Mass Timber University Grant Program.

As an Executive Vice President and Director of Collegiate Projects at Kirksey, Steve is active on campuses across Texas. He has more than 20 years’ experience, during which he has led many successful and award-winning projects. Steve is a graduate of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Planning Institute, and a member of organizations that actively promote an integrated planning process for campus development.

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MORNING SESSION 10:45 AM

Taller with Timber: New Code Provisions and Design Steps for Tall Wood Buildings

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the ICC approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

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 US. 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 Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 PM

Mass Timber Enables Beauty, Warmth and Functional Design in The Soto

Danielle Smyth, AIA, BOKA Powell and Todd Wascher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Lake|Flato

At six stories and 140,000 square feet, The Soto is a model of sustainable design. Developed by Hixon Properties, it is the first phase of an 8.5-acre mixed-use area in San Antonio that will include food and beverage, entertainment, office, apartment, and retail. The primary design direction was to provide a unique and beautiful workplace that appeals to tenants, is highly flexible, and incorporates technologies that make the building operationally efficient and sustainable. Mass timber helped achieve many of these objectives. In this presentation, the architect and developer will share valuable insights and lessons learned from the design and permitting phases of this under construction project. The Soto, Spanish for a “grove of trees” or “small forest,” represents the building’s material origin and its location a stone’s throw from the San Antonio River.

A project architect at BOKA Powell, Danielle has experience with a variety of project types, including office, mixed-use, and hospitality. She is committed to design that enhances the public realm and to incorporating sustainable solutions that fit the microclimate of the site while meeting client needs. Danielle is highly involved in AIA Austin as Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee and part of the 2019 Leadership Collective Class. She holds a Master of Architecture and Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University.    

Todd Wascher’s designs foster meaningful and lasting relationships between building occupants and the natural environment, demonstrating excellence in the art of building, the science of sustainability and love for the natural landscape. An Associate Partner at Lake|Flato, Todd has over a decade of experience with commercial development and master planning. His projects have included the renowned Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan, which was recognized with a Global Charter Award for Urban Design by the Congress for New Urbanism, a master plan and expansion for the Witte Museum, and the new Magdelana Boutique Hotel. A native San Antonian, Todd is an active member of the AIA San Antonio Urban Design Committee and serves on the Program Committee of the Urban Land Institute.

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:30 PM

Engineering Mass Timber Structural Framing Systems

Michael A. Dupras, PE, SE, LEED Green Associate, DCI Engineers

Mass timber structural framing systems have high strength-to-weight ratios, are dimensionally stable, and are quickly becoming systems of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the structural design processes associated with a variety of mass timber products, including glued-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), and nail-laminated timber (NLT). Applications for the use of these products in gravity force-resisting systems under modern building codes will be discussed. Other technical topics will include design of mass timber for fire-resistance, connection options and design considerations, and detailing and construction best practices.

Michael is an Associate Principal with DCI Engineers in Austin and a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Washington. He has built a diverse design portfolio of projects in various market sectors—including office, mixed-use, residential (multi-family and high-rise), hospitality, and higher education—and has managed projects in over a dozen states. Michael leads the sustainability effort for DCI and is a strong advocate for mass timber as a sustainable alternative to traditional steel and concrete structures. Prior to becoming a structural engineer, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Michael is a graduate of Boise State University.

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CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION 3:45 PM

A Mass Timber Breakthrough? Aligning the Pieces for Timber Construction in the South

Danielle Smyth, AIA, BOKA Powell, Darrell Whatley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Kirksey | Architecture, and Michael A. Dupras, PE, LEED Green Associate, DCI Engineers

There has been no lack of interest in using innovative mass timber products and technologies in Texas and the surrounding region. The combination of environmentally-minded designers, sustainably managed forests, timber framing pedigree, and desire to create structures that connect with nature has pushed the South closer and closer to a mass timber breakthrough. And yet, while several mass timber projects have been built, others have advanced through phases of design only to be switched in the end to more traditional construction materials. This dynamic panel of speakers will explore factors that have caused some mass timber projects to be built in other materials, what led to the success of others, and what we can collectively do to advance the use of mass timber in Texas and beyond.

A project architect at BOKA Powell, Danielle has experience with a variety of project types, including office, mixed-use, and hospitality. She is committed to design that enhances the public realm and to incorporating sustainable solutions that fit the microclimate of the site while meeting client needs. Danielle is highly involved in AIA Austin as Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee and part of the 2019 Leadership Collective Class. She holds a Master of Architecture and Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University.

Darrell Whatley is a Vice President for Kirksey Architecture and serves as a project manager on the collegiate team. He has been with the company for 19 years, working on university projects that range from housing to classroom buildings. Kirksey is currently involved in three mass timber projects of different size and type. All three are recipients of recent grants through the USDA Forest Service Mass Timber University Grant Program.

Michael is an Associate Principal with DCI Engineers in Austin and a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Washington. He has built a diverse design portfolio of projects in various market sectors—including office, mixed-use, residential (multi-family and high-rise), hospitality, and higher education—and has managed projects in over a dozen states. Michael leads the sustainability effort for DCI and is a strong advocate for mass timber as a sustainable alternative to traditional steel and concrete structures. Prior to becoming a structural engineer, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Michael is a graduate of Boise State University.

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HOURS

Onsite Check-in Begins: 7:30 am
Opening Plenary Session: 8:15 am
Lunch: 11:45 – 1:00 pm includes Wood Design Award video
Symposium Concludes: 4:45 pm

VENUE – SYMPOSIUM

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

The event will be on the Level 3 of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Enter through the Avenida de las Americas entrance.

Multiple Parking Garages are near the Convention Center.  The closest garage to the event is the Avenida South Garage, which is connected to the convention center by sky bridge.

Please visit https://www.grbhouston.com/attendees/parking-maps-and-directions/ for parking garage addresses, rates, and driving directions.

CREDITS

Symposium: Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar).

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

EVENT PRESENTATIONS

Click here to access the presentations – available a couple days prior to the event.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

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CONTACT

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager
Email:
Ph: (301) 633-0330

Refund Policy

Cancel before February 18, 2020 to receive full refund (less Eventbrite fees). Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.

Details

Date:
February 25
Time:
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Cost:
$100
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Venue

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX 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.