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Regional Director

Jeff Peters, PE, CGC

As WoodWorks’ Southeast Regional Director, Jeff provides free technical support to developers and design/construction teams working on commercial or multi-family wood buildings. With both structural engineering and construction expertise, he provides assistance and education on topics that range from heights and areas to acoustics, construction management, durability and local code requirements. It is this breadth of knowledge in a regional context that has enabled Jeff to support some of the most innovative mass timber and light-frame projects in the U.S. South. It also makes him a sought-after speaker at AEC and university events, a resource for Authorities Having Jurisdiction, and a participant in initiatives supporting the local advancement of wood building design. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Florida and served five years in the U.S. Air Force.

Personalized Support

If you’re a design or construction professional from FL, AL, LA, I invite you to reach out—for free technical support, regionally-focused lunch and learns, and other types of education. I can answer your questions and help you find the most appropriate wood solution for your project.

  • Free technical support
  • Regionally-focused lunch and learns
  • Other education
Call Jeff
(386) 871-8808
Wood Education for Your Team

Schedule an in-office or virtual lunch-and-learn for your team to make sure you’re equipped with the knowledge to make your wood projects successful. Presentations on a variety of topics are available, including:

  • Fire Resistant Design & Detailing: Fire Walls, Fire Barriers & Fire Partitions
  • Accommodating Shrinkage in Multi-Story Wood-Frame Structures
  • Early Design Decisions: Priming Mass Timber Projects for Success
  • Design Considerations for Durable Wood Structures
  • Mass Timber Construction Management: Economics, Logistics & Risk Analysis
Featured Project

4 Roots Regenerative Urban Farm Campus | Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

I’ve been sharing about the innovative community agricultural center project, 4 Roots Farm Regenerative Urban Farm Campus, for some time now and have been lucky to visit the site to see its progress. The project will cover 18-acres in Orlando, and part of this includes a 7,816-square-foot education building constructed with yellow pine glulam beams and columns, and CLT walls and roof decks. The mass timber is sourced from SmartLam’s Dothan, Alabama plant, and the building will also use CLT scrap from early mock-ups in various elements on the site, including stair treads in the next campus building currently in design. A special thanks to Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for keeping us updated as this exciting project progresses.  

Learn more about the 4Roots project and its team on WIN. 

Regional Events

Check back here for events I’m hosting in our region, both in-person and online.

If there aren’t any regional events listed, know that I’m also available for lunch-and-learns customized to meet your team’s needs. Contact me (above) to get one scheduled.

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What’s your “why” for wood?

In April I had the opportunity to give a keynote at the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) conference in the southern U.S., Auburn University’s “The Sustainable Future of CLT in the South: Grow. Design. Build.” I started my presentation by asking attendees: What’s your why for mass timber?   

Mass timber offers a unique value proposition, from its installation speed and relative light weight to sustainability and carbon-related benefits (which can add tangible value related to a company’s ESG goals and faster occupancy). Every team has different reasons for choosing wood, and I’m always excited for the opportunity to help people discover their personal “why.”

Miami Dade County’s First Mass Timber Building

I was excited to take part in this video, produced by The Florida Forest Service in partnership with the LU Lab at the University of Miami School of Architecture and the USDA Forest Service. Watch to see highlights from the first mass timber building in Miami Dade County.

Effective Termite Protection for Multi-Family and Commercial Wood Buildings

Wood-frame construction is a good choice for commercial and multi-family buildings, even in states where termites pose a higher risk. Wood buildings are safe, economical and sustainable. With the right precautions, they’re also durable and insect resistant. This paper focuses on how to design and construct wood-frame buildings for termite prevention, and how to keep buildings insect-free over the long term.

Effective Termite Protection for Multi-Family and Commercial Wood Buildings

The WoodWorks Innovation Network (WIN)

WIN connects mass timber developers, experienced professionals, and those just getting started to share knowledge and work together to put more mass timber projects on the map. The WIN map showcases mass timber and innovative light-frame projects in North America that have broken ground or are complete. See mass timber projects on the WIN map. Want to see manufacturers who make mass timber products? Connect with design teams with actual mass timber experience?

Visit WIN
Learn about wood products.

Browse our manufacturer and supplier directory to learn about wood products, ask performance and supply questions, and connect with a manufacturer or supplier to scout material for your next project. 

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