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An Introduction to Wood-frame School Construction

July 19, 2012 – 10:50 am - 2:00 pm


Portland, ORPortland, OR


As design professionals face challenges with decreased budget and greater demands for green building wood frame building may offer a solution in the design of schools. This educational program has been designed for anyone involved in new school construction, with a particular emphasis on the needs of facility planners and architects.

Designing Wood-frame Schools in the Bethel School District
James Hansen

This presentation will investigate the use of wood framing in Washington State’s Bethel School District, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, building costs and benefits to the local community. It will be delivered by the District’s Director of Construction & Planning, who was instrumental in the development of green building standards for public schools and under whose leadership the District has constructed 10 schools utilizing Washington State Sustainable Protocols.

James Hansen is the Director of Construction & Planning for Bethel Public Schools, the 13th largest school district in the State of Washington, located just south of Tacoma in unincorporated Pierce County. Jim has 38 years experience in public school construction and planning. Mr. Hansen’s work experience has included being a project manager and estimator for private construction firms, project manager with the Alachua Public Schools in Gainesville, Florida, Facilities Planner and Assistant for Support Services with the Puyallup School District in Pierce County Washington. Mr. Hansen was part of a core team of professionals in the State of Washington to help develop green building standards for public schools. Under his leadership Bethel School District has constructed 10 schools utilizing Washington State Sustainable Protocols and has been involved with school projects with a total value exceeding $1 billion dollars.

Wood in Schools
Ethan Martin

This seminar will investigate considerations when using wood framing in school construction. This will include consideration for why it is a good design option in addition to a discussion of how to assemble wood frame systems taking into account building code requirements, materials utilized, and impact on the interior environment of schools.

Ethan Martin is a Senior Technical Director for WoodWorks and a licensed engineer in several states with experience ranging from civil engineering and land development to residential, commercial, and educational building design. He earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University specializing in structures. As the previous owner of a structural engineering firm in Asheville, NC, Ethan has worked on projects that range from small renovations and additions to a 470,000-square-foot, $125 million central school for the Cherokee Nation. He has also worked on national accounts such as Home Depot, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Honda.

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On-site check-in: 10:30 a.m.

Workshop start: 10:50 a.m.

Workshop ends: 2:00 p.m.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 credits (1 HSW & 1 HSW/SD).

Engineers and non-member architects

will receive a certificate of completion for 2 PDH credits.

Professional development certificates will be available on site.

Click on the links below to download PDF copies of the workshop’s presentations.

Designing Wood-frame Schools in the Bethel School District
Presented by James Hansen

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Wood in Schools, presented by Ethan Martin


19 July 2012
10:50 am - 2:00 pm
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Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204 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.