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Common Challenges in Light Wood-Frame Gravity Structural Design

September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Free National Online Event

This presentation will explore common challenges and solutions for gravity framing structural design of light-frame multi-story buildings. With the proliferation of wood construction for four, five and even six-story multi-family and mixed-use buildings, more project teams are facing the design and detailing challenges that can arise with stacked bearing wall systems. Topics will include design of wall framing when floor/roof joist spacings don’t align with studs; load path continuity at concentrated loads; detailing at interactions of structural and non-structural members; floor vibration design; requirements for fire retardant-treated wood (FRTW) in exterior walls of Type III construction, and more. In addition to addressing the structural aspects of these topics, the impacts of these systems and details on architectural considerations such as fire performance will also be included. Design examples will be presented throughout to give real-world context for common challenges.

Attendees can Earn 1 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit.


Mike Romanowski, SE – WoodWorks
Doug Steimle, PE – Schaefer
Fae Garstang, PE – Schaefer


Online Attendees:

  • WoodWorks will send each attendee a certificate of completion within 2 weeks via email.
  • Please note that to receive a certificate, attendees must stay for the duration of the event.



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Photo credit: Thomas Logan / Pivot North Architects / photo Chad Case


September 15, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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