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Design Techniques for Wood Buildings

August 1, 2012 – 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX


Wood Framing and Commercial Buildings
Mark Dalton, PE, WoodWorks
1.0 AIA/CES (HSW)  or PDH

This presentation will provide an overview of the non-residential and mid-rise/multi-family building types that can be framed with structural wood components as well as the different types of commercial wood framing components available. Topics will include how wood frame structures are accepted per the current codes and resources available for code and design assistance, as well as the economic, environmental, aesthetic and sustainable aspects of wood-frame construction.

Mark Dalton is a licensed professional engineer in several western states and a structural engineer in Utah. Prior to joining WoodWorks as the Senior Technical Director for Texas, he worked at Panelized Structures where he co-developed the “hybrid” panelized roof system and was involved in its engineering, sales and promotion. Since starting his career in 1983, he has also worked for Varco-Pruden Buildings, Vulcraft and TCI Steel Joists, and has had his own consulting firm. Mark’s experience includes management, structural engineering, marketing, sales, estimating, design-build engineering services and customer service development. He received his BSCE degree from Utah State University.

Wood & Fire Resistance Requirements of the IBC
Dennis Pitts, American Wood Council
1.0 AIA/CES (HSW)  or PDH

This presentation will provide an overview of International Building Code requirements for determining fire resistance and address how they apply to wood construction. The allowable use of wood in buildings typically considered to be “non-combustible” construction will also be discussed.

Dennis Pitts is responsible for AWC activities relating to the International Code Council, specifically activities pertaining to the International Residential Code. He serves as a an alternate member of the NFPA 5000 Building Code Technical Coordinating Committee, the NFPA 5000 Technical Committee on Structures, Construction, and Materials, and on two Life Safety Code technical committees. Is a principal member of NFPA 501 Manufactured Housing Technical Committee and a former principle member of the NFPA 5000 Building Code, Materials Technical Committee, one of the original drafting committees for NFPA 5000. Has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Officials Association of Texas, has served as a member of the BOAT Code Committee, is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Building and Energy Advisory Board, is a member of the North Texas Chapter of ICC, and serves on the Chapter’s Code Review Committee. Prior to joining AWC in 1986 worked as an inspector, plans examiner, and assistant building official with two cities in the Dallas, Texas, area over a period of 14 years.

Reaching High with Cross Laminated Timber
Sukh Johal, Wood WORKS! BC

“Jumbo wood” and “Plywood on Steroids” are just two of the names being used to describe cross laminated timber (CLT)—a remarkable fusion of plywood and glulam technology that was used to create the world’s tallest mixed use wood structure (eight stories of wood over one story of concrete) as well as the largest structural timber building in the UK (see photos). This presentation will include an overview of CLT’s strength, versatility and other attributes, as well as the manufacturing process, its popularity in Europe, and efforts underway to make this “wonder product” widely available to North America design and building professionals.

Sukh Johal is a double graduate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology holding Diplomas in both Civil/Structural

Engineering (1987) and Business Administration (1992). He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in International Business from the Asia Pacific Institute, Graduate School of Management (1996).

Before joining up with the Canadian Wood Council, Sukh for the past seventeen years has been extensively involved in the design and supply of “engineered wood component products” to major wood frame construction projects in all of the western provinces/states of Canada and USA.

Currently for WoodWORKS!BC in addition to being a technical advisor, Sukh is also a recognized speaker on Mid-rise Construction and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

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Workshop is free and includes breakfast.

On-site check-in and breakfast: 7:00 a.m.

Workshop start: 8:00 a.m.

Workshop ends: 12:00 p.m.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of 3 credits (HSW).

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for 3 PDH credits.

Professional development certificates will be available on site.

Click on the links below to download each presentation.

Wood & Fire Resistance Requirements of the IBC
Dennis Pitts, American Wood Council

Reaching High with Cross Laminated Timber
Sukh Johal, Wood WORKS! BC

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Wood Framing and Commercial Buildings
Mark Dalton, PE, WoodWorks

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1 August 2012
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Norris Conference Center
4522 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78201 United States
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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.