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Mass Timber Construction Management: Design Through Project Close Out

April 23, 2021 – 10:00 am - 1:30 pm




This online event begins at 10:00 EDT, 9:00 CDT, 8:00 MDT, 7:00 PDT.

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.


Daniel Wirth, Minimal Impact Group

Daniel Wirth is a Senior Principal with Minimal Impact Group. During his 18 year career, Daniel has championed mass timber and its benefits as a modern building material. He has trained and led international project teams through the design and execution of high-end production facilities, steel, cross-laminated timber (CLT), and engineered timber structures, taking an active role in all aspects of the project lifestyle. Daniel recently led the mass timber installation for The Chandler Center for Environmental Studies at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, a new 20,000 square foot mass timber educational facility pursuing Green Globes certification for its ultra-sustainable design.

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.

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.

Dean Lewis, Swinerton

Dean Lewis has practiced as a structural engineer for the past decade, specializing in different types of prefabrication and modular construction in the Pacific Northwest and California. After his first of experience with mass timber on Seattle’s Bullitt Center, he helped introduce a variety of mass timber projects to the Bay Area, including the first CLT installations in several cities, the first multi-story glulam post-and-beam with CLT floor project, and the first multi-story mass plywood panel (MPP) project in the country. Dean recently joined Swinerton’s Mass Timber Division as a Project Manager and has worked on projects focusing on integrated design processes as well as taller timber projects in the Type IV-A, IV-B, and IV-C realm.

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.

Jeff Peters, PE, WoodWorks

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 after serving 5 years in the United States Air Force as an F-16 crew chief; he holds a Certified General Contractor’s License and was previously a small business owner. Jeff has a diverse background that includes structural design, field engineering, threshold inspections and quality control of structures ranging from mid-rise buildings to sporting venues—developed during his time working in the commercial side of the building industry.

Sean Fox, Senior Project Manager, James G. Davis Corporation

As a Senior Project Manager in James G. Davis’s Renovation and Repositioning group, Sean uses his logistics planning skills to set objectives, and ensures each goal is met through open communication and a dedication to quality. Sean is a proactive leader with years of experience leading project teams to success, and his management approach guarantees all project objectives are met. He knows a successful building requires a comprehensive strategy with all partners involved, and he’s a critical part of why Davis delivers exceptional service. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.



  • Welcome
  • Case Study: Wofford – Daniel Wirth
  • Sustainability of Wood Products – Kathryn Fernholz
  • Design Engagement and Site Planning – Ankit Sanghvi
  • Risk and Schedule – Dean Lewis
  • The Engineer’s Role in Optimization – Greg Kingsley
  • Checklist / Making the Case – Jeff Peters
  • Case Study: 80M – Sean Fox
  • Q&A Panel Discussion


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


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Jaime Krohn, CMP
Ph: 312-841-8272


Refunds up to 7 days before event.

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April 23
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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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.