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Early Design Decisions: Priming Mass Timber Projects for Success

December 16, 2021 – 9:00 am - 11:30 am




This online event begins at 9:00 ET

Mass timber is a unique, non-commodity building material and, to lay the groundwork for success, certain critical decisions must be made as early as possible. These decisions can have a big impact on cost and can either increase or limit opportunities later in design. There are many cases of project teams that want to realize the full benefits of mass timber, but, because they base their designs on traditional building practices instead of optimizing them for mass timber, end up with avoidable price premiums.

This presentation will walk through early project decisions and design steps, focusing on how to optimize projects for mass timber and how one early decision can influence others. Topics will include construction types, fire ratings, column grids and beam/panel spans, acoustics and MEP integration. Completed mass timber projects will be used to illustrate the variety of viable options when navigating these key decisions.


Bruce Lindsey, WoodWorks

Bruce is a 25-year plus veteran of the wood products and construction industries. Based in Charlotte, NC, Bruce has over a decade of tenure with WoodWorks. He shares his broad experience through education and technical support on a wide range of building types, including multi-family, commercial, office, civic/recreational, and mass timber. His multi-faceted career includes architectural design, structural design, project consulting, product/market development, and various roles within the engineered wood products industry.


Attendees will qualify for 2.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.0 PDH credits or 0.20 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Mary Schramka


Ph: 708-204-9578


Refunds up to 7 days before event.

Eventbrite fees, which varies by state, are nonrefundable.


December 16
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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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.