7:30 am Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Getting Buy-In to Mass Timber

7:40 am Building the Business Case for Pursuing Mass Timber to Convince Clients & Developers of Its Value


  • Highlighting the aesthetic and sustainability drivers of pursuing mass timber to increase excitement amongst clients
  • Exploring an outcomes-based approach to analyze the benefits of the project holistically
  • Underlining how speed of erection can impact efficiency and profitability goals for a range of clients
  • Presenting a compelling case to the client of the benefits of this new technology to ensure they are bought in and their needs are met

8:20 am Case Study: Exploring Best Practices to Combat Price Sensitivity & Secure Client Buy-In


  • Demonstrating how benefits of building with mass timber can offset high material costs and high initial outlay by the client
  • Providing clients with a holistic overview of the cost model for your project to reassure them that it is the best option
  • Forecasting the return on investment of mass timber: Educating developers on the potential rent premium associated with mass timber buildings

9.30 am | Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Determining Whether Mass Timber Is the Best Option

10:10 am Panel: Harnessing Lifecyle Analysis of the Built Asset to Enhance Your Business Case


  • Calculating the effectiveness of an embodied carbon strategy for climate change to reach long-term
    sustainability goals
  • Overcoming concerns of the life expectancy and its robustness to assure clients that mass timber is the best option
  • Assessing the effectiveness of an embodied carbon strategy for climate change to reach long-term sustainability goals

10:50 am Involving Manufacturers in Early Costing Conversations to Determine Project Feasibility


  • Understanding the limitations of potential suppliers to ensure design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA)
  • Coordinating with suppliers and contractors during the initial design phase to secure an idea of costing and assess if cost-optimized designs are possible
  • Involving third-party cost estimators vs contractors: Who will make the most informed decision for your specific project?

11:30 am Exploring Different Degrees of Mass Timber Adoption For Hybrids: Design Impact & the Analytical Approach


  • Addressing why hybrid options may be the best option for your project
  • Understanding what the different hybrid options are to determine what is most suitable and if they align with the client and project logistics
  • Determining the most constructable hybrid material that considers cost, schedule and how that will impact the way the timber is designed

Setting Up for Construction

10:10 am Navigating Insurance Procurement for Mass Timber Structures to Ensure the Project Is Viable

  • Jake Concannon Vice President, Gallagher Construction Practice
  • Brian Burg Senior Director – Real Estate and Hospitality Practice Leader Midwest Region, Gallagher Construction Practice


  • Understanding the perspective of insurers that have previously underwritten mass timber to discover what can be done to reduce cost premiums
  • Uncovering how the insurance market views mass timber: Rethinking how to position your mass timber project with insurers
  • Assessing what is needed to advance acceptance of mass timber with insurers

10:50 am Audience Discussion: Improving the Accuracy of Estimates For Mass Timber Components


• Understanding what level of design is required for more accurate cost estimates
• Analyzing how to use historical data to predict the volume of timber that will be utilized
• Discovering alternative sources that can be used when historical data is not available to inform estimates
• Collaborating with suppliers to negotiate reasonable estimates to secure risk against market volatility

11:30 am Harnessing BIM to Ensure Thorough Clash Detection & Team Coordination


  • Understanding the importance of BIM Coordination for the success of mass timber projects
  • Exploring the steps of a successful BIM coordination process including, the creation of an effective BIM Execution Plan, coordination schedule, sign off process and shop drawing development plan
  • Discussing the roles and responsibilities and tracking systems to hold stakeholders accountable for their deliverables
  • Working with timber manufacturers and MEPs to ensure that they have fully understood the connections and sequencing prior to construction, eliminating waste

12.10 pm | Lunch Break

Optimizing Design

1:10 pm Focusing on Design Resilience for Mass Timber to Build a Net-Zero Future


  • Understanding what needs to change and the impacts of materials to create resilient, low carbon buildings
  • Looking for alternative low-impact and low-carbon resources from lower carbon intensity suppliers to reduce your impact
  • Adapting the design process with a reuse strategy to meet the challenges of climate change

1:50 pm Panel: Finding & Selecting the Right Supplier For Your Project to Meet Your Construction & Sustainability Goals

  • Keith Jurgens Senior Design Phase Manager, M. A. Mortenson Company
  • Taylor Cabot Mass Timber Project Manager, Timberlab
  • Steve Clem Senior Vice President – Preconstruction, Skanska


  • Characterizing the landscape: What are the different options available in North America and Europe and how can supplier logistics impact the cost of your project?
  • Understanding the differences between various manufacturers and timber products to address the best options for your design
  • Evaluating suppliers depending on their construction capabilities and experiences to ensure they align with the client’s goals
  • Considering when to collaborate with your partner and the impact that has on the project timeline

Enhancing Project Planning & Integration

1:10 pm Case Study: Assessing How Detailed Planning & Coordination of Onsite Logistics & Staging Helped Meet Tight Restrictions & Schedule Deadlines

  • Jeff Chan Preconstruction Manager, Seagate Mass Timber


  • Collaborating with all trades and suppliers to create a coordinated schedule of delivery and installation dates
  • Rethinking the hoisting requirements for trades to minimize the use of cranes onsite and reduce installation costs
  • Harnessing lessons learned of problems that should have been taken into account in the planning stages to prevent recurring mistakes

1:50 pm Panel: Managing Supply Chain Uncertainty & Just- In-Time Delivery to Improve Schedule Agility & Mitigate Risk


  • Building in the right contingency plan into the schedule to align expectations with suppliers to better manage potential delays
  • Establishing effective communication across all suppliers and trades to prevent project downtime caused by delays to deliveries
  • Taking lessons learned to explore how to effectively cope with unexpected delays caused by current market volatility

2.30 pm | Afternoon Refreshments

Driving Early Design Decision-Making

3:00 pm Using Evidence Based Design and Design Thinking to Optimize Connection Design and Drive Innovation


  • Developing key customer requirements from day one to streamline design development and ensure input from all stakeholders is considered early
  • Evidence based design: How testing can support and strengthen analytical models to gain a true understanding of product capacity and drive material efficiency
  • The importance of connections: How using design thinking and evidence based design to ensure you meet requirements and achieve an optimized design solution

3:40 pm Leveraging Performance-Based Design to Streamline the Permitting Process


  • Verifying what building authorities look for from a design during permitting and discovering common issues that could be prevented by performance-based design
  • Understanding how to apply a performance-based design approach to demonstrate compliance with the code intent
  • Interpreting codes during design to explore the constraints and opportunities that can drive the early concept of a building
  • Addressing how to innovate and incorporate details that haven’t been previously tested or approved to ensure they are authorized

4:20 pm Case Study: Addressing How to Marry Different Materials For Hybrid Buildings to Ensure Constructability of Design


  • Reviewing how timber behaves with common hybrid building materials to discover what materials will work best
  • Determining the best connections to ensure design completeness
  • Ensuring that the coordination, installation and tolerance of combined materials is effective
  • Working with contractors to understand their perspective on designs

Managing & Mitigating Onsite Risk

3:00 pm Case Study: Discovering Innovative Approaches to Reduce Onsite Erection Time: The TimberQuest™ Classroom


  • Exploring the use of the TimberQuest™ classroom design for a summer construction project
  • Assessing erection equipment, sequencing, and site logistics for the optimal solution
  • Diving into extensive prefabrication to reduce construction time
  • Utilizing work sequencing to allow overlap of activities without trade stacking

3:40 pm Audience Discussion: Addressing How Contractors Can Manage the Risks of Building Taller Mass Timber Structures


  • Understanding how the risks differ on Type IV-A and IV-B high-rise timber buildings
  • Benchmarking best practices for mitigating risk during construction
  • Decoding additional costs that may creep into building high rise to ensure costs do not exceed your budget

5:00 pm Chairs’ Closing Remarks