Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday October 4

For each session, there will be a choice of two hands-on workshops, intended to take a deeper-dive into actionable solutions and foster collaborative discussion.

WORKSHOP A: 10am-12pm

OR

WORKSHOP B: 10am-12pm

Getting Started With Mass Timber: What Are My Options?

Mass timber has sparked a rapidly growing interest in the building industry due to its many benefits: from using natural, renewable materials to accelerating construction schedules. Teams must develop an in-depth knowledge of the product and the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) process to successfully meet the goals of mass timber projects.

This workshop will discuss:

  • Reviewing the benefits and limitations of mass timber as a building material: What are the different types of products and systems available and which make sense for your project?
  • Working with suppliers early to optimize the project budget, design, and schedule
  • Looking at the key considerations and technical details for designing with mass timber and common pitfalls to avoid

Workshop Leaders:

Kris Spickler
Mass Timber Specialist
Structurlam

 

Kris Spickler

Alex Zelaya
Mass Timber Specialist
Structurlam

 

Alex Zelaya, Mass Timber Specialist, Structurlam

Coordinating Target Value Design to Optimize Costs

The cost of mass timber has prevented this technology becoming widespread across the US. As clients and investors fear higher costs, they shy away from adopting it. Nevertheless, a thorough costing approach during design can result in a more appealing design for clients and builders alike.

This workshop will discuss:

  • Understanding the key principles of Target Value Design (TVD) and how it can help reduce the cost of your design
  • Educating your team on the value of TVD to get their buy-in, set expectations for the process and ensure everyone is open-minded to alternative designs if costs increase beyond the budget
  • Coordinating designers with suppliers, contractors and estimators to establish a target cost that is of the best value for the clients
  • Analyzing detailed costs of all components and requesting information from suppliers throughout the project workflow to yield a final design in line with the budget

Workshop Leaders:

Greg Kingsley
CEO & Structural Engineer
KL&A Engineers & Builders

 

Greg Kingsley

Chris Kendall
Principal Engineer
KL&A Engineers & Builders

 

Chris Kendall

John Jucha
Structural Engineer & Associate
KL&A Engineers & Builders

John Jucha

12.00pm - 1.00pm | Lunch Break 

WORKSHOP C: 1pm-3pm

OR

WORKSHOP D: 1pm-3pm

Getting Started With Managing Your First Mass Timber Project

As mass timber continues to gain traction, more contracting firms are looking at how they can gain their competitive edge with this new technology. But, unlike conventional construction methods, this form of construction requires very different mindsets and workflows.

This workshop will discuss:

  • Showcasing your skills to convince clients that you can build with mass timber despite having minimal experience
  • Determining the potential risks associated with mass timber building sites and how to mitigate these effectively
  • Mapping out the entire workflow from design through installation to look at the project timeline and delegate responsibilities
  • Assessing when to integrate and collaborate with different project partners to improve decision-making and reduce inefficiencies caused by siloed teams

Workshop Leader:

Brandon Brooks
Construction Management Program Manager
WoodWorks

 

Brandon Brooks - Headshot

Chris Johansen
Project Manager
C.D. Smith

Chris-Johansen

Dave Kwiatkowski
Project Executive
C.D. Smith

Dave-Kwiatkowski

George Berghorn
Assistant Professor of Construction Management, School of Planning, Design & Construction
Michigan State University

 

Berghorn-George

Michael Ratliff
Executive Director of Preconstruction
TimberLyne

Michael Ratliff

Navigating the Evolution of Fire Ratings & Testing

The fire resistance ratings of mass timber and wood structures are commonly poorly understood, preventing jurisdictions from permitting them and clients buying in to the concept. An in-depth understanding on fire resistance for these buildings is essential to ensure testing continues to evolve, to achieve innovation and to get your designs permitted.

This workshop will discuss:

  • Understanding how to achieve a fire-resistance requirements whilst reaching design goals
  • Calculating fire ratings for specific components and connections to ensure your designs are fully code-compliant
  • Leveraging pre-approved systems and studies in your design proofs to reduce risk in project permitting
  • Identifying the latest testing that’s evolving fire ratings to discover how you can innovate and push the boundaries on your next project

Workshop Leader:

Bevan Jones
Principal
Holmes Solutions

 

Bevan Jones, Principal, Holmes Solutions

3.00pm - 3.30pm | Afternoon Refreshments

WORKSHOP E: 3.30pm-5.30pm

Taking Technical Design of Mass Timber Structures to the Next Level

Despite mass timber becoming more widely adopted, projects often do not reach completion due to a range of factors that include technical design and efficiencies. A deeper understanding of how the various technical design aspects are interrelated will highlight the issues and opportunities to get your buildings code-compliant, performative and cost-effective.

This workshop will discuss:

  • Interpreting codes: applying service routing, acoustics, vibrations, seismicity and fire ratings to your design
  • Understanding the 2021 International Building Codes (IBC) to prevent permitting barriers down the line
  • First principles design: Why is it critical to design a bespoke mass timber with a fresh perspective?
  • Discovering integrated structural-fire-acoustic design considerations
  • Addressing how to design effectively for hybrid buildings

Workshop Leaders:

John Hand
Associate Structural Engineer
Arup

 

John Hand, Associate Structural Engineer, Arup

 

Bevan Jones
Principal
Holmes Solutions

 

Bevan Jones, Principal, Holmes Solutions

5.30pm | End of Workshop Day