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Webinar – Setting a Precedent: Mass Timber at Michigan State University’s new STEM Facility

February 10, 2021 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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Michigan State University’s new 121,290-sf STEM teaching facility is breaking new ground with the first significant use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the state. The University and design team chose an exposed mass timber structure of CLT floors and walls supported by a glue-laminated timber frame to realize the University’s goals of innovation and sustainability while functioning as a visual learning tool. The design encourages cross-pollination of ideas, by drawing students through vibrant and active common spaces, seamlessly connecting disciplines, and supporting evolving curriculum and pedagogies. In this presentation, the architect will share drivers for the use of mass timber, highlight design strategies that are code-compliant while maximizing its visual appeal, and discuss lessons learned from preconstruction coordination through field coordination and erection.


Kevin Marshall, AIA, LEED BD+C, Integrated Design Solutions

Kevin’s obsession lies in the details. Whether creating the most functional and efficient plan or keeping the rain out, he is always looking for ways to improve the status quo. As a lead technical architect, he works across not only the architectural department, but also closely with other disciplines to develop a project. To him, architecture is not only 3-dimensional, requiring study from all angles, but 4-dimensional, requiring the dimension of time to be successful and sustainable. Throughout his career, Kevin has worked on a wide variety of projects, but has mostly been involved in the higher education market. He feels a duty to help mentor young professionals entering the practice, and has been an active participant in the AIA Michigan Mentoring program for many years.

George H. Berghorn, LEED AP, CGP, Michigan State University

George is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management in the School of Planning, Design and Construction and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry at Michigan State University. He earned a PhD in Construction Management from MSU and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University. His work includes funded projects related to the feasibility of building deconstruction and material reuse, barriers to increasing mass timber building construction in the U.S., predictive cost and time model development for mass timber buildings, and reuse of salvaged lumber in mass timber products. Prior to his career in higher education, George was a site superintendent and construction project manager in the U.S., and policy director for a statewide forest products trade association.

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

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February 10
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