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Details Make the Design Work: Coordinating Structural and Architectural Requirements in Light-Frame and Hybrid Wood Buildings

February 23, 2021 – 10:00 am - February 25, 2021 5:30 pm




This online event is being offered 4 times and features 4 separate case studies. Choose the best option that works with your schedule and interest.

Light-frame multi-family construction continues to be extremely popular as demand for efficient residential structures increases in urban and suburban areas. Maximizing height and area while increasing exterior wall openings is becoming the norm to help achieve the most cost-effective and architecturally pleasing designs. As a result, proper and economical connection design and detailing have become even more critical to a project’s success.

Coordinating architectural and engineering requirements raise detailing challenges in demising walls, exterior walls, and floor-to-wall intersections. Fire protection, acoustics and strength requirements don’t always cooperate, and it is imperative to communicate the design solutions clearly to the contractor. This workshop will address common issues and questions regarding gravity and lateral detailing and coordination. It will also include a regional case study—featuring a different project in each of the four workshop timeslots—examining the final design details and lessons learned on a successful project to exhibit how the team achieved elegant, efficient, and constructible solutions.



The workshop is being offered 4 times and features 4 separate case studies. Choose the best option that works with your schedule and interest. See the Event Details tab for additional information.

Feb 23: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

(7:00 am – 9:30 am PST)

Case Study: Wellington Project, Cincinnati, OH


Feb 25: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm EST

(8:00 am – 10:30 am PST)

Case Study: The Magdalena, Austin, TX


Feb 23: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST

(11:00 am – 1:30 pm PST)

Case Study: Cirrus, Denver, CO


Feb 25: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST

(12:00 pm – 2:30 PST)

Case Study: Project One, Oakland, CA



James Sneed, Jr, PE, Kimley Horn

JJ Sneed has more than 18 years of experience in the field of structural engineering. An Associate and Structural Practice Leader, he is responsible for the design, analysis, preparation and coordination of construction documents for high-rise structures in commercial office, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use developments. From conceptual design, schematics, design development, and construction documents, all the way through construction, he leads a team of design professionals in completing projects that meet both the design requirements and client expectations.

Nathan Hoffman, PE, Sandman Structural Engineers

As the Housing Team Lead for Sandman Structural Engineering, Nathan has worked on a variety of housing structures in all parts of the U.S. His projects run the gamut of multi-family, senior assisted living, student, and hotel, with an emphasis on wood over concrete and steel podium structures. He is experienced in modular wood construction, having worked for a modular company as the Structural Engineer of Record and as a modular structural consultant. Nathan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from ND State University.


Douglas R. Steimle, PE, Schaefer (2/23 AM Wellington Project )

Doug is a structural engineer with expertise in the design of mixed-use structures including multi-story wood-frame buildings over concrete retail, parking or office structures.  He also has been either the Engineer of Record or Specialty Connection Engineer on over 25 mass timber buildings.

Seth Oakley, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, M+A Architects (2/23 AM Wellington Project )

Seth is a Principal with M+A Architects and Director of its Cincinnati Operations. His extensive experience ranges from initial schematic design to detailed construction administration, which gives him a unique insight into overall project delivery. A LEED Accredited Professional, Seth consistently applies sustainable processes to every facet of his work.  He has also developed a thorough understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and Federal Fair Housing Guidelines, along with other common accessibility guidelines.

Chris Kendall, PE, Principal, KL&A Engineers and Builders (2/23 PM Cirrus)

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.

Michael Britt, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Lake|Flato Architects (2/25 AM The Magdalena)

Michael Britt has a deep commitment to sustainable design and responsible stewardship of the natural environment. Prior to joining Lake|Flato, his post-graduate research work at the University of Virginia focused on working with local modular home builders to construct sustainable housing for low-income families in Southern Virginia. This research eventually led him to become the office’s first Certified Passive House Consultant. Michael works in the Eco-Conservation studio and is currently managing The Headwaters at the Comal project, which aims to restore a former utility maintenance yard in New Braunfels, TX to a community center with 18 acres of native plant ecosystems.

Lucas Epp, PE, P.Eng., StructureCraft (2/25 AM The Magdalena)

Lucas is a structural engineer with significant mass timber experience. He is passionate about timber engineering, and built a team at StructureCraft that includes more than 30 structural engineers and computational designers from around the world. Prior to this, he spent seven formative years working in London, China and New Zealand, developing expertise in complex structures and geometry. Lucas has lectured across the U.S. and Canada, and has taught at the Architectural Association, ETH Zurich, Imperial College and the University of British Columbia. He is involved with several code committees, is an author of the Nail-Laminated Timber Design Guide, and is a contributing author of WoodWorks’ upcoming U.S. Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide.

Scott MacLellan, Gurnet Point (2/25 PM Multi-Family Housing)

Scott is the owner of a self-performing general contracting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently working on a small multi-family apartment building where he has been able to utilize a mixture of mass timber, light-frame prefabricated walls, and cold-formed steel shear components. He was also involved with the erection of city’s first downtown CLT structure and specializes in large Type III and V multi-family projects.

AGENDA (2.5 hrs)

  • Welcome
  • Detailing Considerations where Structure Intersects with Finish, Acoustics, and Fire Protection – James Sneed, Jr, Kimley Horn
  • Coordinating Lateral Load-Path with Architectural Design: Options, Analysis and Communication – Nathan Hoffman, Sandman Structural Engineers
  • Case Study (each timeslot offers a featured case study)
    • 2/23 AM Wellington Project – Douglas R. Steimle, Schaefer & Seth Oakley, M+A Architects
    • 2/23 PM Mass Timber Hybrid Housing in Denver: Design of the Cirrus – Chris Kendall, KL&A Engineers and Builders
    • 2/25 AM A Boutique Mass Timber Hybrid Hotel: Design & Detailing The Magdalena in Austin – Michael Britt, Lake|Flato Architects & Lucas Epp, StructureCraft
    • 2/25 PM Exploring Mass Timber’s Role in Hybrid Multi-Family Housing: A Case Study from the Bay Area – Scott MacLellan, Gurnet Point 
  • Q&A Panel Discussion


Attendees will qualify for 2.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.0 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:
Mary Schramka, Event Manager
Email: Ph: 708-204-9578


Refunds up to 7 days before event.

Eventbrite fees, which varies by state, are nonrefundable.


February 23 @ 10:00 am
February 25 @ 5:30 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.