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Designing and Building with Mass Timber + MSU STEM Facility Site Tour

May 15 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Regional In-Person Seminar + Tour (East Lansing, MI)

Designing and Building with Mass Timber: Design, Planning and Performance + Michigan State University STEM Facility Site Tour

This unique two-part event is comprised of an educational seminar followed by a firsthand look Michigan State University’s STEM Teaching and Learning Facility.

How can architects, engineers and contractors collaborate to meet the growing demand for mass timber buildings? While developers across the country are pursuing mass timber projects, knowledge among AEC professionals is not yet widespread. Firms have varying degrees of familiarity with both the products and practicalities of designing, sourcing, and building a modern mass timber structure, and early adopters continue to play a significant role in educating the rest of the community. This presentation seeks to build on this openness and environment of shared learning, providing an overview of mass timber products, planning, design, and implementation to maximize the benefits these buildings can deliver. We’ll also discuss why some mass timber projects face resistance, and how to overcome misconceptions to achieve success. Topics will also include preconstruction coordination and interactions between the manufacturer and design/construction teams, case-based approaches to costing and scheduling, project delivery methods, how to achieve the highest level of efficiency for costs, schedule, and performance, and additional education and training opportunities.

Following the presentation, take an in-depth look at Michigan State University’s new STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, a 121,000-SF mass timber structure and the first significant use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the state. The facility consists of two mass timber wings flanking the north and south ends of the long-decommissioned Shaw Lane Power Plant, which was also revitalized and repurposed. The wings feature three stories of glulam post-and-beam construction with steel diagonal bracing, CLT floor and roof decks, and CLT walls in the egress stairs. CLT was also used for structural floor decks in the power plant. The exposed timber structure was chosen to help realize the University’s goal of utilizing innovative and sustainable construction methods that also function as visual learning tools. Attendees will tour the site with MSU Staff, Sandra Lupien and Dr. George Berghorn, who will share information on detailing and construction techniques utilized throughout the building. The tour format encourages questions and discussion.

Join us after the tour for a networking happy hour at the The Old Bag of Nails Pub – Lansing located at 210 Cascade Blvd, Lansing, MI.



12:30pm: Lunch + Registration opens

1:00 – 3:00pm: Presentation

3:00 – 4:00pm: Tour

4:00pm: Networking


This seminar is supported in part by MassTimber@MSU, a program at Michigan State University that leverages research, education, outreach, communications, policy, and partnerships to advance sustainable mass timber construction and manufacture in Michigan and the surrounding region. For more information visit


View this project on WIN – WoodWorks Innovation Network


Speaker: Anthony Harvey, PE, WoodWorks


Attendees can earn:

  • Attendees can Earn 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits (seminar)
  • Attendees can Earn 1 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (tour)


Event Parking:

Parking: Lot 79 – the Spartan Stadium lot – located directly west of the STEM building. This is metered parking.

Map & Directions


For questions or additional information, please contact: Mary Schramka at


Image: MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Facility / Integrated Design Solutions / photo Christofer Lark


Michigan State University (MSU) STEM Teaching Learning Facility
642 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States