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Mass Timber: Developers & Early Design Decisions + The Ecology School Tour

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

  • In Person

Regional In-Person Seminar + Tour (Saco, ME)

Part 1: Mass Timber: Making the Case to Developers and Owners

Would you like to pitch sustainable mass timber to a client? Are you wondering how mass timber might pencil in a project pro forma? If so, attend this session to learn how to complete value proposition for developers and owners. The aesthetic differentiation and biophilic benefits of mass timber have broad appeal to a wide range of stakeholders, from end users to ESG-investors. Professionals hoping to influence decisions to use mass timber will learn how this appeal can translate to return on investment in an overview of initial findings from WoodWorks’ Mass Timber Business Case Study series, written for the developer/owner/investor audience. This session will provide an overview of the case study series highlighting key takeaways. Developers/owners, architects, engineers and builders will all learn how mass timber can create value.

Part 2: Early Design Decisions: Priming Mass Timber Projects for Success

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.


Please join us after the seminar for lunch & a tour of the Ecology School.


Speaker: Patrick Duffy, PE | WoodWorks


Credits: Attendees can Earn 2.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.0 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits



The Ecology School

River Bend Farm

184 Simpson Road

Saco, Maine 04072

Map & Directions


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP | | (301) 633-0330


Image: The Ecology School / Simons Architects / Thornton Tomasetti / Photo Trent Bell


August 22
10:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT
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The Ecology School at River Bend Farm
184 Simpson Road
Saco, ME 04072 United States