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Mass Timber in Florida: 4Roots Regenerative Urban Farm Education Building

June 1, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT

  • In Person
Regional In-Person Workshop (Orlando, FL)

Part One

Mass timber is a unique, non-commodity building material and, to lay the groundwork for success, certain critical decisions must be made as early as possible. These decisions can have a big impact on cost and can either increase or limit opportunities later in design. There are many cases of project teams that want to realize the full benefits of mass timber, but, because they base their designs on traditional building practices instead of optimizing them for mass timber, end up with avoidable price premiums. This presentation will walk through early project decisions and design steps, focusing on how to optimize projects for mass timber and how one early decision can influence others. Topics will include construction types, fire ratings, column grids and beam/panel spans, acoustics and MEP integration. Completed mass timber projects will be used to illustrate the variety of viable options when navigating these key decisions.

Part Two

The 4Roots Regenerative Urban Farm Campus will provide local, nourishing, sustainable food to the community, providing healthy food choices for residents and supporting the local economy. The first phase of this Farm Campus project consists of the Campus Education Building, a 7,700 sf flexible learning space. This unique mass timber building was designed to meet Living Building Challenge (LBC) criteria and to have both low embodied and operational carbon. During this presentation, the building architects will discuss regenerative design solutions specific to the 4Roots project, the design process, and lessons learned.

Speakers: Jeff Peters, PE, CGC, WoodWorks

Philip Donovan and Pete Hall, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Credits: Attendees can Earn AIA/CES HSW LUs, PDH credits or ICC credits


11:30am | Registration and Lunch

12:30pm – 1:25pm | Early Design Decisions

1:25pm – 1:35pm | Break

1:35pm – 2:30pm | 4Roots Regenerative Urban Farm Education Building

Event Details

For questions or additional information, please contact: LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP at


Flemings Winter Park
933 N Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789 United States