8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:10 am Evaluating the Cost Reality of Building With Mass Timber to Present a More Compelling Business Case to Potential Clients


  • Comparing the differences in hard and soft costs for using mass timber vs. traditional building systems
  • Demonstrating the comparable differences between mass timber and traditional projects using historical project data
  • Understanding when the use of mass timber becomes appropriate in a cost environment

8:50 am Building a Compelling Case for New Clients to Invest in Mass Timber


  • Benchmarking key considerations for building with mass timber vs traditional building systems that must be considered by clients up front
  • Discussing the most common pushbacks from clients and how to overcome risk aversity
  • Exploring the subject from both a regional and a national level

9:30 am Whole Building Cost Planning: Uncovering Lessons Learned From the McEvoy-Dupont Apartment Project

  • Lisa Podesto Senior Manager Business Development, Lendlease


  • Looking at the McEvoy-Dupont Affordable Housing Project as a case study
  • Outlining Cashflow challenges associated with affordable housing and evaluating costs of design options
  • Reviewing the Competitive bidding process at different project stages for affordable housing

10:10 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Design Optimization

11:10 am Benchmarking Design Optimizations to Reduce Costs


  • Identifying areas of design that are commonly high cost and can make mass timber a less appealing option
  • Discussing how to effectively align cost during design development to improve cost clarity earlier in design
  • Balancing cost optimization and design quality to find the optimal solution for your client
  • Exploring how hybrid options can be harnessed to balance cost while embracing mass timber as a material

11:50 am Combining Design Automation With Evidence- Based Development to Optimize Mass Timber Structures

  • Matt Harwood Senior Structural Engineer, Holmes
  • Jon Roebuck Team Leader – Mass Timber Technology, Holmes Solutions


  • Optimizing a generic Mass Timber Frame Building using an automated design process
  • Using evidence-based development to take product design beyond current code
  • Delivering both construction efficiency and high performance

Bridging the Gap From Design to Construction

11:10 am Working With Manufacturers to Improve Reliability of Estimates


  • Reviewing cost forecasts for timber in the coming months and how these can be used to align cost expectations up front
  • Evaluating product sourcing risks and the commodity nature of timber: How does this impact cost volatility and the ability to provide fixed pricing packages?
  • Benchmarking approaches to mitigate risk and improve accuracy of estimation

11:50 am Hearing How Seattle’s First Type IV-C Mass Timber Building Is Pushing The Fold With Innovation


  • Hearing How Seattle’s First Type IV-C Mass Timber Building Is Pushing The Fold With Innovation
  • Discovering how one of the first affordable housing mass timber project was developed and designed
  • Exploring the significant innovation used in the project. Including: a wood to wood bearing 2hr fire rated connection, and an innovative distribution of MEP throughout the building
  • Discussing early design considerations, financing strategies, and construction lessons learned

1:00 pm Lunch Break

Hybrid Designs & Lateral Systems

2:00 pm Comparing Lateral Systems to Overcome Common Challenges and Discover what To Expect for the Future


  • Outlining the common challenges that arise when connecting mass timber with other materials
  • Comparing various types of lateral systems and when to best utilize them
  • Discussing the evolution in these systems and what that means for your next project

2:40 pm Case Study: Designing & Engineering a 2-Story Public Project

  • Alex Zink Architect, The Miller Hull Partnership


  • Reviewing the evolution of lateral bracing in the project from traditional concrete and steel to hybrid concrete and mass timber
  • Analyzing embodied carbon of the entire building in design, weighing the benefits of mass timber compared to concrete and steel
  • Discussing acoustic solutions to limit sound reverberation off mass timber ceilings in large open spaces
  • Outlining how the team created an effective and visually clean fire protection system

Protecting Exposed Timber During Erection

2:00 pm Case Study: Moisture Mitigation Strategies & Lessons Learned to Protect Timber in the Field


  • Discussing the most common issues we have seen across our projects when it comes to water damage and how we planned to mitigate these
  • Evaluating the further challenges we came up against on this project and lessons learned to further advance moisture management
  • Working with manufacturers to explore all options available and determine what actions can be taken across factory and field to best prepare and treat the wood

2:40 pm Exploring Approaches to Better Protect Mass Timber on the Job Site


  • Discussing what can be done to protect mass timber from fire during construction: what works and what doesn’t
  • Working with manufacturers to explore what action can be taken to improve fire protection before the mass timber arrives on the jobsite
  • Outlining methods to protect mass timber from moisture during construction

3:20 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:50 pm Ensuring Sustainability Throughout Your Supply Chain & Project Lifecycle

  • Ara Erickson Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Weyerhaeuser


  • Discussing the reality of sustainable forestry and how it contributes to your ESG targets
  • Demystifying common myths and assumptions around how you ensure your products are sustainably sourced and what that means for procurement
  • Mapping how lifecycle assessments can be conducted and data collected to demonstrate the sustainability of your mass timber building

4:30 pm Overcoming Supply Chain Disruptions to Stay on Schedule & on Budget


  • Understanding the reality of current disruption across the supply chain
  • Exploring ways to work with manufacturers to minimize project delays
  • Forecasting the future of cost and availability of product across the EU and US markets in the coming months

5:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:20 pm End of Day One