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Webinar – A Tale of Two Timber Towers

January 13, 2021 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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Two of the nation’s first tall mass timber towers are currently under construction—INTRO, a nine-story mix of apartments and retail space in Cleveland, and Ascent, a 25-story residential/mixed-use building in Milwaukee. In this webinar, the structural engineers of both projects will take a deep dive into the intricacies of timber tower design. Topics will include the new tall mass timber code provisions in the 2021 International Building Code, as well as modifications to the allowances that have been approved for these projects. The presenters will also highlight design checks for cross-laminated timber and glulam, including vibration and connections, grid layout and manufacturer coordination, lateral systems and interaction of the timber framing and concrete cores, and the impact of fire-resistance on structural members in their respective exposed tall timber buildings.


Kristina Miele, PE, Fast + Epp

Kristina is a Senior Engineer at Fast + Epp’s New York office. She has worked on a variety of public, commercial, and residential projects, including INTRO, a nine-story mass timber building under construction in Cleveland, and one of the first projects to utilize a modified version of the tall wood provisions approved for the 2021 International Building Code. Kristina is also a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Graduate School of Architecture, where she works with students to integrate structure into innovative architectural concepts. Passionate about sustainability in design and developing an understanding of the environmental costs of construction materials and systems, she leads the New York chapter of the Embodied Carbon Network, and the Embodied Carbon sub-committee for AIA NY’s Committee on The Environment.

Alejandro Fernandez, LEED Green Associate, Thornton Tomasetti

Alejandro Fernandez is a Senior Project Engineer in Thornton Tomasetti’s Chicago office. With training in both engineering and architecture, he has been involved in the design of a number of significant buildings while working in Europe and the United States. Alejandro was part of the River Beech research project for an 800-foot timber tower in Chicago, and is currently working on Ascent, a 25-story mass timber tower in Milwaukee that, once completed, will be the tallest timber building in the world. Alejandro has a Master’s in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s in Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France, and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

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January 13
12:00 pm - 1:00 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.