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A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction + INTRO Cleveland Tour

October 3, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

  • In Person

Regional In-Person Seminar, Tour + Networking (Cleveland, OH)

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

INTRO Cleveland Tour

This two-acre mixed-use project was built on a prime location, across the street from Cleveland’s oldest publicly-owned market. Because of the prominent site, the developer’s goal was to deliver an innovative, lifestyle residential building that would complement its iconic neighbor. Mass timber delivered with an aesthetic and sustainability ethos that make INTRO distinct. The building includes nearly 300 market-rate apartments, an upscale restaurant, retail space, and rooftop event venue. It achieved LEED Gold BD+C certification, and was the first and largest U.S. LEED Gold project to utilize mass timber at the time of completion. With eight stories of mass timber over a one-level podium, it was also one of the first buildings to take advantage of the tall wood provisions in the 2021 International Building Code. But, because the 2021 IBC had not yet been adopted by the state at the time of entitlement, INTRO’s design team had to go the extra mile to provide additional testing data and demonstrate mass timber safety and fire resistance, setting the stage for future developments in the region.


Speaker: Anthony Harvey, PE, WoodWorks


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



INTRO Cleveland

2075 W 25th St

Cleveland, OH 44113

Truss Event Space


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For questions or additional information, please contact:

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


INTRO Cleveland / Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture / Forefront Structural Engineers / Fast + Epp / photo Nick Johnson, Tour D Space


INTRO Cleveland
2075 West 25th Street, Truss Event Space
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States