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Prefabrication and CLT: Expanding Opportunities for Effective Wood Design

June 18, 2014 – 11:00 am - 2:15 pm


Austin, TXAustin, TX


On-site check-in: 10:30 am
Workshop begins: 11:00 am
Workshop concludes: 2:15 pm

Pre-Engineered Components for Light-Frame Commercial Structures

Paul G Johnson, P.E., Universal Forest Products

Light-frame commercial structures can be constructed from a vast array of building products, which affect both the construction process and performance of the building. While typically framed on site, the industry is increasingly making use of factory-built components for either portions of the structure or the entire frame. Advanced computer modeling and analysis allow for whole building designs, which optimize building products while helping to ensure accurate gravity and lateral load design. This presentation will focus on pre-engineered components and their contribution to cost-effective and structurally efficient buildings.

Paul is a professional engineer employed by Universal Forest Products as the Director of Technical Services. He has over 25 years of experience in the wood construction industry and 5 years in nuclear. He served as president of the Truss Manufacturers Association of Texas and is a current member of; the North TX chapter of ICC, the Building Official Association of Texas and the National Structural Building Components Association.

The Case for Cross Laminated Timber: Opportunities and Challenges Part 1
Robbie Kelley, WoodWorks

Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Now available to North American building designers, it offers the structural simplicity needed for cost-effective projects, as well as benefits such as fast installation, reduced waste, improved thermal performance and design versatility. This presentation will introduce CLT through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources such as the new US CLT Handbook.

10910 Domain Dr Suite 100
Austin, TX  78758
Phone: 512-501-7870

Free on-site parking, $5 valet.


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WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of 2 HSW credits.

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Contact Dawn Veach at  or (404) 394-4197.


18 June 2014
11:00 am - 2:15 pm
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Austin, TX 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.