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The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Change by Example

September 26, 2014 – 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Boston, MABoston, MA


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On-site check-in: 7:30 am
Workshop begins: 8:00 am
Workshop concludes: 2:00 pm

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems
Terry Pattillo, AIA, WoodWorks –Wood Products Council

There is a quiet revolution going on in Europe, Canada and now the US—a revolution that will likely change the way architects here view structural wood building systems. As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Architects are using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems. Case study examples of innovative projects in throughout the world will be used to demonstrate how and why these products and systems are providing exposed wood structural solutions. Make no mistake—these examples are not your grandfather’s traditional heavy-timber-style buildings. These are creative, imaginative structures designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits.

A licensed architect, Terry Pattillo is responsible for providing technical support to design professionals in 14 Northeast states. He has worked on a wide range of building projects throughout the U.S., including commercial developments, mid-rise construction, shopping centers and other retail, resorts, schools, convention centers and restaurants.

Fire Safety of Timber Buildings: A Research Review
David Barber, Arup/Fire

The trend toward urban densification as a way to create more sustainable communities is also driving interest in taller and larger buildings made from timber products or a combination of wood and other materials. Many timber building concepts are motivated by suggested advantages resulting from the use of a renewable and low-carbon construction material. However, in furthering wood’s evolution in this regard, it is essential to understand the implications with regard to fire and life safety. This presentation will feature the findings of a study undertaken in coordination with the Fire Protection Research Foundation to assess the fire performance of structural systems related to expanding wood building applications.

David is a Principal with Arup, based in Melbourne and leads a team of 45 Fire Safety and Risk Engineers through five offices across Australia and Singapore. David has considerable experience with performance based fire safety design and its application to the built environment, having spent considerable time delivering projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Australia.  He has been involved in the fire safety design on numerous Australian and international projects, with an interest in building structures and their resistance to fire, high-rise building evacuation and the developing role of building sustainability in fire protection.  David is currently a member of the Building Appeals Board in Victoria, Treasurer for the Australia Society of Fire Safety and a Director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and is accredited to practice in all States and Territories of Australia.

Advanced Geometry in Urban Environments: The Evolution of Public Landmarks
David Moses, PhD, PEng, PE, LEED AP, Principal – Moses Structural Engineers Inc.

In the last few years, North America has seen tremendous improvement and advances in applications of timber in the built environment changing the way we design and fabricate. An engineering perspective on the complex geometries achievable with timber products will be explored by highlighting Canadian examples of public landmarks such as the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Waterfront Wavedecks and the new Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa. New products like cross-laminated timber (CLT) and composite concrete-wood systems as well as the growth in the mid-rise market are creating even more opportunities to advance design in urban environments.

David Moses leads a structural engineering firm that champions innovative and collaborative design.  With over 20 years of experience, he has been involved in hundreds of projects in Canada and the United States, including the Art Gallery of Ontario renovation. In 2011, he received the Forest Products Society’s “2011 Wood Engineering Award” and, in 2009 and 2013, the WoodWorks! Ontario “Wood Advocate – Engineer” award. His firm designs buildings to LEED and Passive House standards and designs using new types of materials such as ultra-high performance concrete and cross-laminated timber. Through teaching, research, publications, awards and speaking events, David is actively involved in the industry. He is vice-chair of SPE900 “Best Practices for Solar Photovoltaic Rooftop Installations,” and sits on CSA code committees in the Forest Products Sector.

The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builders Perspective
Charles Judd, Blue Heron Timber Works

The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross laminated timber. With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

A timber framer for more than 20 years, Charles is the owner of Blue Heron Timber Works in East Tennessee. For the past 10 years, Charles has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. He also recently completed the CLT installation at the Franklin Elementary School project in Franklin West Virginia. He has participated in national and international timber-frame projects, teaches workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and is a member of the Timber Framers Guild.

Be sure to check out the new exhibit that runs from June 26th to Sept 30th at the BSA Space, Boston’s leading center for architecture and design – Urban Timber: From seed to city.  This exhibition celebrates wood as the region’s most sensible and abundant choice of material for urban building, highlighting its flexibility and technical qualities, including timber’s potential to combat climate change.

BSA Space
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-391-4000

Parking is directly under the building, with the parking entrance off of Congress Street between 280 and 290 Congress Street. After parking, guests should take the 290 elevator to the 2nd floor. Parking

Pay parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage at 280 Congress Street. To inquire about current parking rates, call the garage office at 617-603-7195. Discounted parking is available to BSA Space visitors on weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; before paying for parking at the pay kiosk, bring your ticket to the second floor reception desk. Discounts cannot be applied after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of 4 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.


26 September 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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BSA Space
Boston, MA 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.