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Mass Timber Construction Management: Unique Considerations for Success

August 20, 2021 – 10:00 am - 1:30 pm




Join us 11 am ET, 10 am CT, 9 am MT, 8 am PT

Mass timber is an innovative building material with many unique benefits including construction speed, aesthetics, sustainability, and strength-to-weight ratio. The beauty of the finished product has inspired many designers and owners to pursue mass timber for their projects.  However, while design and code aspects receive a great deal of focus, it is the construction aspects that often decide whether a project goes forward. Mass timber construction does have some unique attributes—and a complete understanding of the differences is key to efficient cost estimation, planning and construction.

This workshop is designed to address critical gaps in knowledge and skills among contractors and installers, with topics such as available installer training, making the business case for a mass timber project, economy of design, cost considerations, site planning, risk and schedule. It will also include a case study highlighting design team interaction, challenges, benefits and lessons learned during construction. Intended for construction industry professionals looking to gain a deep understanding of the unique attributes of mass timber, this workshop will leave attendees with information they need to successfully bid and construct a mass timber project.


Brandon Brooks – MBA, PMP, WoodWorks    

Brandon is an experienced project and program manager, a seasoned policy analyst, and an incorrigible information sponge. He recently completed a career in the Marine Corps where he led test and evaluation efforts for acquisition projects with congressional oversight, created an education and training roadmap for technical skills programs. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on finance from the University of Florida, completed his MBA at Virginia Tech, and is a Project Management Professional. He is based in Anchorage, AK.

Jason Bahr, PE, WoodWorks

Jason Bahr, PE, has more than 20 years of experience as a structural engineer and a passion for sustainable building. He has a breadth of expertise in preparing structural calculations and design documents for educational building projects, along with residential construction and remodeling experience. Jason holds combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University.

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.

Taylor Cabot, Timberlab

Taylor trained as an architect and transitioned into construction when a mission to build community-minded and resilient structures led her to embrace Mass Timber. Her work started with traditional glulam post and beams designs and evolved into prefabricated CLT and glulam buildings. With Swinerton and now Timberlab, Taylor has completed several projects and is currently involved in the procurement and project management of Ascent, soon to be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world.

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.

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks

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 U.S. Ricky is very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.

George Berghorn, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, Michigan State University

George is an assistant professor of construction management in the School of Planning, Design & Construction and an adjunct assistant professor of forestry at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned a PhD in construction management from MSU and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the Yale University School of the Environment (formerly the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies). He is a member of the Michigan-Finland Bioeconomy Working Group’s Wood Construction task team and a member of the Michigan Mass Timber statewide planning group.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Mass Timber Overview & CM Manual/Installer Training

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Business Case/Cost Checklist

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Design Engagement, Cost and Site Planning

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Networking Break

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Risk and Schedule

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM: Grid Studies

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Case Study & Mock-up/Education Michigan State

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Hot topic:  Guided discussion with multiple contractors

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM: Panel Q&A


Attendees Earn 3.5 AIA/CES LUs, 3.5 PDH credits or 0.35 ICC credits

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees after the event.



Jaime Krohn, CMP


Ph: 312-841-8272

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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August 20
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.