8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:10 am The Business Case for Mass Timber – Valuable Data for Developers, Owners, & Investors


  • Evaluating how mass timber might contribute to the success of a development in a variety of building types including: offices, multi-family, student housing and industrial buildings
  • Discussing how A/E/C professionals can use the Mass Timber Business Case Study publication to help influence clients to consider mass timber
  • Exploring what developers, owners, and investors are looking for in mass timber projects

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 Mass Timber to Whole Building Componentization

  • Lisa Podesto Senior Manager Business Development, Lendlease


  • Understanding how Design for Site Assembly (DfSA) can achieve labor productivity
  • Outlining critical cost and schedule elements of a componentized mass timber building
  • Reviewing the impacts of componentization on cashflow and design

10:10 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Design Optimization

10:50 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

11:30 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

12:10 pm Ensuring Optimal Constructability for Any Design

  • Peter Timler Vice President Business Development & Engineering, Dowco Consultants Ltd


  • Introducing Dowco’s complete 3D detailing and drafting services
  • Creating digital models that can power CNC machines in your mass timber facility
  • Overviewing recent project case studies to understand our experience with Mass Timber construction

Bridging the Gap From Design to Construction

10:50 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

11:30 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

12:10 pm Nature is Screaming & Mighty Fire Breaker is Listening™ With CitroTech

  • Steve Conboy President & Risk Reduction Expert, Mighty Firebreaker


  • MFB-31-CitroTech spray can be applied to wood at the factory on a very cost-effective basis. Doing so will protect it against fire, mold, moisture, and will defend the engineering values when connections are subjected to extreme moisture during vertical construction.
  • Since CitroTech protection defends the carbon stored in wood from fire, it makes the treated wood worthy of a carbon trade. That carbon trade value can help offset the cost of the CitroTech protection. Furthermore, since tall, raw wood structures carry with them a perception by insurance underwriters of high risk and therefore high premiums, the use of CitroTech can support lower premiums.
  • Let’s Make Mass Timber Even Greater! CitroTech puts CO2 in its place, locked up and defended from fire, mold, rot and high risk premiums because perception is 9/10th of the Law.

12:40 pm Lunch Break

Hybrid Designs & Lateral Systems

1:40 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

2:20 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

1:40 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

2:20 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

3:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:30 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

4:10 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

4:50 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:00 pm End of Day One