Cross-laminated timber manufacturing and construction are the focus of multi-day educational panels

Agenda

Event Agenda

Calling all innovators, disruptors, and forward-thinkers…

We believe that a greater use of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products in mid- to high-rise building construction is the innovative, disruptive, modern, and sustainable choice necessary for building in a fast-growing world.

And we believe in giving our conference attendees the highest quality experience for your event dollar — a relentless pursuit of value so you can learn more, connect better, build smarter, and take your business to the next level while helping make the world a better place.

Agenda

All activities take place at the Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

View a map of the OCC

Conference Event Tracks

Track 1: Reimagining Our Cities

Track 2: Project Delivery With Mass Timber: New Product, New Process

Track 3: Building Performance: Design & Implementation

Track 4: Overcoming Barriers & Growing The Market

Schedule

Conference Schedule

Monday, March 18, 2019

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Exhibitor Set Up

Exhibit Hall B
General

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

6:00am – 8:00am

Check-In for Building Tours

Outside Hall B
General

Sponsored by D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and Minimal Impact Engineering / Schmid Schrauben Hainfeld

Voodoo donuts and coffee/tea will be served to tour participants before the buses depart.

Tour #2 (Mid-State Buildings & Manufacturing)
Check in: 6:00am – 7:00am
Departs: 7:00am

Tour #3 (Western Washington)
Check in: 6:00am – 7:30am
Departs: 7:30am

Tour #1 (Portland Buildings)
Check in: 6:00am – 8:00am
Departs: 8:00am

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

All Tour #3 (Western Washington) participants must also bring a passport or other form of U.S. government/state issued ID in order to gain admittance to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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7:00am – 5:00pm

Mass Timber Building Tours (Optional)

Portland and Western Oregon
General

Sponsored by D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and Minimal Impact Engineering / Schmid Schrauben Hainfeld

Get an up-close look at Portland, western Oregon, and western Washington’s mass timber buildings and manufacturing.

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

All Tour #3 (Western Washington) participants must also bring a passport or other form of U.S. government/state issued ID in order to gain admittance to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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8:00am – 4:30pm

Exhibitor Set Up

Exhibit Hall B
General
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Katerra and Kallesoe

Take advantage of this powerful evening to network with mass timber experts from around the world before the hustle and bustle of the main event.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar.

Submit your business card to Katerra (booth #317) and Kallesoe Machinery (booth #523) for a chance to win a North American Mass Timber State of the Industry 2019 Report or an Apple iPad (128GB). Winners announced Wednesday morning in the General Session (Oregon Ballrooms 203–204).

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast

Oregon Ballrooms 201–202
General

Sponsored by USNR

The breakfast menu includes:

  • Mushroom, tomato, spinach scramble
  • Carmelized onion potatoes
  • Country pork sausage links
  • Crisp bacon
  • Fresh sliced fruit in season
  • Breakfast pastries
  • Assorted juices
  • Freshly brewed coffee and tea

Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan alternatives will be available to those who select those options when registering for their pass(es).

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8:00am – 9:45am

General Session

Oregon Ballrooms 203–204
General

Kickoff and Committee Welcome
Arnie Didier · COO · Forest Business Network


A Vision For Smart Growth
Ted Wheeler · Mayor · City of Portland

This will be Mayor Wheeler’s welcome address to the participants of the 2019 International Mass Timber Conference. The #ForestProud effort has coined the phrase “Reimagining Cities,” a theme which prompts us to think about how we can use mass timber to build smarter, healthier, and more sustainable communities as we move toward the future. This address will cover the Mayor’s vision for smart growth, and how we can use timber in new and innovative ways going forward to accomplish our collective goals in sustainable city planning and building.

Mayor Ted WheelerAs the Chair of Multnomah County from 2007-2010, Ted Wheeler balanced a county budget during the worst years of the recession, reducing the debt while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. He jump-started long-stalled infrastructure projects, including the Sellwood Bridge and East County Courthouse.

Under Ted’s stewardship as state Treasurer, Oregon’s investment portfolio outperformed every one of its peers in the nation and earned an upgraded credit rating. He re-launched the Oregon college savings plan, and passed legislation that created the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which is now a national model for state-sponsored retirement security.

Ted has assumed a leadership role in economic development. He convened business leaders and spearheaded a new statewide blueprint, dubbed the Oregon Investment Act, and it was approved by the Legislature in 2012. The Oregon Investment Act helps the State invest more effectively in the growth of small businesses.


A Platform Of Opportunities: Disrupting The Construction Industry
Hubert Rhomberg · CEO & founder · Cree GmbH

We are soon to witness the biggest revolution ever in the construction industry when sustainability alongside processes, digitalization and new value chains mingle in the era of connected buildings, thereby, creating a new ecosystem that interlinks cloud and open system to provide the world with a one stop shop to the future of buildings. This keynote will give you critical insights into a disruptive technology and platform, which as an enabler embraces digital transformation moving beyond conventional building methods—providing architects, urban developers and key stakeholders in the global construction supply chain, new opportunities into the fastest innovation platform for the construction industry.

Hubert RhombergMaster Builder & Civil Engineer DI Hubert Rhomberg is managing director of Rhomberg Holding GmbH and—now in the fourth generation—in charge of the internationally active Rhomberg Group, which has its headquarters in Bregenz, Austria.

After graduating in engineering at Vienna Technical University Hubert worked for the construction company Strabag in Linz and Vienna for three years before, in 1998, joining his family’s company as Manager of the Civil Engineering department and in charge of developing the Railway Technology division. In addition, he took a postgraduate course in Company Management at the University of St. Gallen. Hubert actively promotes research projects (BRIX, House of the Future, LifeCycleTower) and gives public lectures on the subjects of resource productivity, mobility, and sustainable company management. In 2015 he published his book “Bauen 4.0—From the Ego to the Lego principle”.


WoodWorks
Bill Parsons · VP of Operations · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Housekeeping & Prize Giveaways
Tom Waddell · VP Marketing & Sales · Forest Business Network

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Whole fruit
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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10:30am – 12:00pm

Where Does the Wood Come From?

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Structures

Moderator:
Dave Atkins · President · Treesource


Forests, Trees, and Responsible Forest Products
Kathryn Fernholz · President/CEO · Dovetail Partners

This presentation will address key measures of sustainability in U.S. forests, including ownership patterns, harvest rates and monitoring systems. Trends in forests and forest management will be explored as well as the connections between building with wood and providing diverse social, environmental, and economic benefits.

Kathryn FernholzKathryn is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. Kathryn is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor. Kathryn has been a leader within the forestry community in the Upper Midwest through her service as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and her appointment to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. She is currently a board member for the North American Forest Partnership, the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and the American Forest Foundation. Kathryn is also a member of the SFI External Review Panel; served as a Technical Expert for the FSC-US Working Group charged with development of additional indicators for lands managed by the US Forest Service; served on the endorsement process working group for the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and was a member of the Technical Committee for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. Kathryn has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota.


The Forest Resilience Bond: How Finance Can Lead To Greater Collaboration to Increase The Pace And Scale of Forest Restoration
Nick Wobbrock · Partner & Co-founder · Blue Forest Conservation

Learn about the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), a new public-private partnership financing model that funds the up-front cost of forest restoration. A combination of stakeholders then repay the investment over time according to contracts specifically tailored for each individual stakeholder. Examples of stakeholders who would benefit from this model include the USFS, state and local governments, and utilities. Multi-stakeholder collaboration can be a challenge to negotiate cost sharing, apportion and share adequate resources, and to work within the many organizations’ legal authorities and budgetary discretion. The FRB helps to facilitate collaboration by creating a legally separate financing vehicle that can accommodate organizational differences while augmenting human resources capacity on the ground. This presentation will show how the FRB has gone from concept to reality by walking through the Yuba Project in the Tahoe National Forest, a $4M restoration project that includes both upfront investment and repayment streams from multiple beneficiaries. With this model established, now it is time to scale and achieve resilience across landscapes.

Nick WobbrockNick Wobbrock is a partner and co-founder of Blue Forest Conservation, an environmental investing firm, that is developing the Forest Resilience Bond, a public-private partnership investment vehicle to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration. Prior to Blue Forest, Nick worked at Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering consulting firm, where he consulted to utilities and local government entities. He also has experience in international development working with the Peace Corps in Honduras and Doctors Without Borders in Malawi on water, sanitation, and infrastructure projects. He graduated with degrees in engineering and business from Cornell, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.


Forests Are The Answer
Jason Metnick · Senior Vice President, Customer Affairs · Sustainable Forestry Initiative

SFI believes forests are the answer to helping address many of the local, national and global challenges we face. SFI’s contribution to addressing these challenges is seen every day in the work we do to provide supply chain assurances, deliver conservation leadership, and support education and community engagement.

Jason MetnickJason leads the supply chain assurance work related to demonstrating SFI Standards as proof points for responsible forestry. This also includes increasing certified supply and enhancing the sourcing of products from sustainable sources. Jason works directly with companies in the wood and paper supply chain including forest landowners, manufacturers, merchants, lumberyards, dealers, wholesalers, printers and end users. Jason has worked at SFI since 2001, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and sits on a number of committees related to forest certification and labeling.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Modular/Prefab in Mass Timber

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Ryan Smith · Director of School of Design and Construction · Washington State University


Case Study for Catalyst Building Project: Mass Timber Project in Spokane, Washington Designed by Katerra and Michael Green Architecture (MGA)
Drew Kleman · Project Lead · Katerra

The Catalyst is Katerra’s flagship mass timber building in Spokane, Washington. The overarching objective of the Catalyst project is to develop and successfully implement innovative prefabricated mass timber building products that utilize value-additive and non-prescriptive approaches. This case study evaluates the project’s current status and success through an architectural lens of project design and planning considerations, current code challenges with non-prescriptive CLT building uses, and the early collaboration required between project stakeholders. The case study will focus on three building components utilizing mass timber: floor, lateral system, and enclosure.

Drew KlemanDrew is a Project Lead in Katerra’s commercial design team He brings a diverse background in designing and managing progressive, fast-paced, and budget-driven projects. His experience covers a multitude of award-winning project types and scales across the country, most notably the USCD Biomedical Research Facility (with ZGF, Portland) and Bluebarn Theatre (with Min Day, Omaha). As a lead in the Katerra Spokane office, Drew’s focus includes bringing mass timber core-and-shell projects to the forefront of the industry. Drew is also an architectural licensing advisor with the State of Washington.


Mass Timber High Rise Lessons Learned
Karla Fraser · Sr. Project Manager · Urban One Builders

Discussion will include topics such as:

  • pre planning with a collaborative team,
  • working on site planning with 3D modeling and 4D animation to provide detailed real time information to the construction team on site,
  • managing water ingress into the building during construction,
  • managing expectations with parties that are not familiar with building with mass timber,
  • the importance of using effective products for the long term use of the building, e.g. wood coatings, and
  • the long term and short term environmental benefits of why mass timber is a superior building solution.

Karla FraserKarla has worked in Construction for over twenty years. Her background started in Manitoba working primarily as a layout surveyor for an asphalt company. From there, she went back to school in Calgary to take civil engineering technology and started working for general contractors in building construction. Since moving to BC, she has had the opportunity to work on infrastructure, commercial and tower projects: the Brock Commons wood project being the most unique challenge to-date with the unique sequencing and speed of construction. Brock Commons is unique in the fact that it was essentially built twice—first in a 3D virtual model (the model allowed for working out the logistics and strategies of the building) and then in real time.


Modular Housing the Swan Way
Paul Williamson · Managing Director, Modular Housing · Swan Housing

Swan specialises in long term regeneration projects. They acquire land, consult with residents, design buildings and communities, take schemes through planning approval, then manufacture, assemble, and construct. They also retain ownership of a number of their buildings as long-term rented accommodation. This end-to-end approach gives Swan a unique perspective on the market.

Hear how Swan developed the NU build system, what the key decisions were, and where the challenges lie. Using this system, Swan will deliver 300–400 homes a year to its development schemes.

Attendees will also hear what’s next in the evolution of modular from Swan’s experience in the field.

Paul WilliamsonPaul leads Swan’s Modular Housing team. Swan is a not for profit housing association whose social purpose is to provide exemplar homes and communities. The organisation focuses on a corridor running from London out to the Essex coast. The goal of Swan’s Modular Housing team is to produce high quality, lower cost homes, faster than traditional builds. The NU build system uses CLT in modular form to rapidly produce low environmental impact, precision engineered homes for developments in the South East of the UK. Having taken the business from inception to production Paul enjoys, innovative, challenging projects that alter the normal ways of doing business.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Tall Wood: Code Changes, Applications, and Project Examples

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Receive 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or 0.15 ICC credits per Track 3 panel session

Moderator:
Kristin Slavin · Associate · PATH Architecture


Now Approved: A Recap of the 2021 IBC Tall Mass Timber Code Changes
Dennis Richardson · West Coast Regional Manager · American Wood Council

The International Code Council Board of Directors established an Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings (TWB) to explore the science of tall wood buildings and to develop code changes for tall wood buildings. The TWB proposed a set of code changes defining mass timber and creating three new types of construction—Type IV-A, IV-B and IV-C—allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. The first 14 of those code changes were announced as approved in December 2018 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. This presentation will review the work of the TWB including the technical research and testing that supported their code change proposals and the basic fire resistance rating and noncombustible protection requirements for the new types of construction. This session will also recap the hearings, proposal modifications and voting that took place in 2018, as well as pending group B ICC proposals and early adoption of the TWB provisions in three western states.

Dennis RichardsonDennis Richardson, PE, CBO is the West Coast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces recognized design standards such as the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience including serving 17 years as the Building Official for the cities of: Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector consulting and structural design experience and helped provide technical input and support for the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings. Dennis is active on the IBC Fire Safety Committee, several NFPA Technical Committees and is a Past President of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.


New Tall Wood Code Provisions: Advanced Design Topics
Scott Breneman · Senior Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

In December 2018, a set of proposals to allow tall mass timber buildings as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) were announced as approved. Based on these proposals, the 2021 IBC will include three new construction types—Type IV-A, IV-B and IV-C— all of which utilize elements of size and materials making up the previous Heavy Timber construction type (renamed Type IV-HT) but with additional fire-resistance ratings and levels of required noncombustible protection. This presentation will give an overview of the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include: requirements for noncombustible protection, methods of demonstrating required fire-resistance ratings; allowances for exposed timber; exterior walls, concealed spaces and stairway enclosure protection; and allowable heights and building areas for the three new construction types.

Scott BrenemanScott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Project Resources & Solutions Division Team of WoodWorks. Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise-frame buildings. Scott has experience with the structural design of new single-family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is a Director on the Executive Board of the Structural Engineers Association of California, Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an Associate Member of the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Seismic Sub-committee and Member of the ASCE/SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee.


Seattle Mass Timber Tower: Envisioning 12 Stories of Wood
Matthias Olt · Senior Associate · DLR Group

Mass timber development has reached an inflection point in the United States. Until now, developers and designers of mass timber buildings have been comprised of groups referred to as early adopters. Now with the recently-approved IBC 2021 tall wood code changes as a basis of design, the momentum behind mass timber is transitioning from the curious and conversational to the cost-competitive and allowable. Building on that momentum, a team of industry leaders developed a design, engineering and cost feasibility study to serve as an example for the design of a 12-story mixed-use mass timber tower in Seattle. This presentation will explore that project, which utilized Type IV-B Construction and required 2-hour fire-resistant ratings for primary frame, bearing walls and floors. Standing 214 feet tall, the mixed-use program for this project includes street-level retail, five floors of commercial offices, and a 192-key hotel on the top six floors.

Matthias OltMatthias is a Seattle-based designer and architect from Frankfurt, Germany with a wealth of experience as deep as it is wide. He has practiced all over the world, in every market sector, and in a multitude of roles including design, project leadership and management, business development, and research. He has a strong understanding of sustainability and how to integrate it into a project, having completed everything from prototypical mass conceptions to applied, custom solutions. Prior to DLR Group, Matthias was the director of sustainable design at several firms, overseeing high-rise buildings with complex programs. He has been the design lead for multiple mixed-use high-rise developments and studies that implement innovative design solutions for such challenges as using mass timber technology, and bringing natural ventilation into a mixed-use tower.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Strategizing and Celebrating Mass Timber Success

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by SmartLam

Moderator:
Brian Brashaw · Program Manager · USDA Forest Service


Changing Cities into Forests: Creating Environmentally-Friendly and Timber-Utilizing Cities
Ichiro Nakajima · New Development Concept W350Plan · Sumitomo Forestry Co.

Ichiro NakajimaThe presentation will discuss Sumitomo’s plan to build a 70-story timber building—named W350—in Japan, which when completed, will be the tallest timber tower in the world. Timber will make up 90% of the hybrid timber/steel building. In addition, Ichiro will discuss Japanese research and technology development into tall timber buildings in the country, the activation of the timber industry, and the potential for increased use of mass timber to contribute to the global environment.


Forest State, Timber University: What Does It Mean to Be a School of Architecture and Design in a State 60% Covered by Forest?
Dr. Tahar Messadi · Associate Professor of Architecture · Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas


From Gastown to Stumptown: Rise of the Pacific Northwest as North America’s Mass Timber Hub
Iain Macdonald · Director · TallWood Design Institute

In 2009 British Columbia took the bold step of implementing its Wood First Act, triggering a wave of mass timber building projects around the province, and encouraging the birth of North America’s first CLT manufacturer. Fast forward 10 years and timber fever has spread
south of the border, establishing the northwest region as the fastest growing center of mass timber development in the US. Within a year there will be four production facilities in Washington and Oregon and one more in Montana. Mass timber classrooms, offices,
institutional and public buildings, condos and even a parking structure are built, permitted or planned, demonstrating a wide variety of hybrid construction methodologies. In 2018
Oregon was the first state to endorse and implement the ICC tall wood code changes. Washington was very close behind.

In January 2019, manufacturers, investors, economic development personnel, elected officials and the R&D community converged in Salem for Oregon’s first Mass Timber Industry Development Summit, to discuss how to keep the industry growing. Similar efforts
are afoot around the region. This presentation will look back at key factors that enabled the Pacific Northwest region to take an early lead in mass timber, then make some educated guesses about what will come next.

Iain MacdonaldIain Macdonald is the Director of the TallWood Design Institute, a research, education and product development center that is a joint initiative of Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon’s College of Design. Iain is responsible for working closely with the architectural, engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors to identify research and skills development needs related to the advancement of US structural timber and tall wood markets, and responding through the development and delivery of appropriate training programs, applied research projects and outreach services.

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12:00pm – 1:15pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Appreciation

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Rothoblaas

The lunch menu includes an outstanding Indian buffet of:

  • Cucumber tomato salad with raita dressing
  • Tandoori chicken wings with yogurt sauce
  • Lamb curry with potato and eggplant
  • Aloo Gobi potato and cauliflower curry
  • Vegetarian samosa with dipping sauce
  • Ginger basmati rice
  • Naan bread
  • Seasonal fruit marinated in honey and mint
  • Iced tea and lemonade

Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan alternatives will be available to those who select those options when registering for their pass(es).

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Market Rate Cost Comparison: Real World Project Examples

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Structures

Moderator:
Nathan Bergen · Project Manager · Seagate Structures


Case Study: First Tech Federal Credit Union, Oregon Corporate Office
Scott Barton-Smith · Senior Project Architect, Designer · Hacker

First Tech Federal Credit Union’s corporate office is an example of how timber competed with steel structure on many fronts and won. It is now the largest CLT building in the United States. This presentation will describe the project’s origins, development and completion. Topics of emphasis will include, work environment, lateral systems, MEP distribution, and lessons learned.

First Tech’s motto is “People First” and their new Oregon Headquarters in Hillsboro is designed to support and promote the health, comfort, and happiness of their employees. Special emphasis is placed on creating equal access to natural light and views to the outside from every work station in this open office design. At five stories and 156,000 square feet, it is the largest glulam and CLT project in the U.S. by area.

Scott Barton-SmithScott joined Hacker in 2015, and has over 25 years of experience crafting inspired architectural solutions tailored to each client’s vision. A Senior Architect, Scott is among Hacker’s most knowledgeable mass timber and CLT specialists, and he is a strong advocate for wood design and construction. Scott’s experience focuses heavily on large, complex projects, including office and workplace, residential, higher education, and a wide variety of laboratories for commercial and academic clients. At Hacker, he has contributed to two of our largest mixed-use commercial office projects—the CLT/glulam First Tech FCU Corporate Campus, and Field Office, a LEED Platinum speculative office complex.


Mass Timber in Japan: Research, Standards, and Buildings
Hiroshi Isoda · Professor · Kyoto University

Japanese government notifications(GN) on the structural design of CLT buildings and the standard strength of CLT were issued in March and April 2016. Subsequently, a guidebook on the regulations of the GN and a manual on design and construction of CLT buildings were published in June and October 2016, respectively. After the streamlining of regulations and guidelines, more than 100 buildings with CLT have been constructed. Before streamlining, research to evaluate structural and fire performance were conducted and continues today. In Hiroshi’s presentation, he will introduce the outline of the Japanese structural design method, buildings built recently, and some current projects he has been involved in.

Hiroshi IsodaDr. Hiroshi Isoda received his Ph.D in Faculty of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he was a Faculty and Assistant Professor in Architecture and Civil Engineering at Shinshu University where he taught in the area of Structural Engineering. He moved to the Building Research Institute (BRI), National Institute of Japan, as a Senior Researcher in 1995 where he involved in the revision of Japanese Building Standard Law. In 2000-2001, he was also Visiting Researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California in San Diego where he analyzed the seismic response of four index wood buildings within the FEMA-funded CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project. In 2006, he was Visiting Researcher in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was involved in the shaking table tests of the NEESWood Project. He moved to Shinshu University as an Associate Professor in 2006 and was elevated to Professor in 2011. He moved to the Kyoto University in 2013. He is now a Professor in Laboratory of Structural Function at Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere of Kyoto University and Visiting Researcher in BRI.


Cost Effective Mass Timber Solutions: Developer’s Perspective
Paula Quinn · Executive Director · KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence

KF Aerospace has built more than 25 structures, totally 360,000 sq ft, employs 1,000 people and operates in three Canadian cities. Mr. Lapointe, the company founder contributed funds to design, build, and fully equip the UBCO Fitness and Wellness Centre and is fully funding the KF Aerospace complex through KF Capital Ltd Corporation.

UBCO Fitness and Wellness Centre:
The 2-storey building prominently displays innovative 3-ply CLT structural ribs which curve and flow from vertical support elements into a two-way space frame roof system. HSK Connectors were used to create CLT. The main floor of the facility is a robust composite floor system detailed with a CLT substrate, HBV shear connectors and a concrete topping supported on glulam beams.

KF Aerospace – Centre for Excellence:
The new 70,000 square foot multi-use complex is designed to showcase the aerospace industry and the firm’s and founders’ connection to the local community. The 2-storey hybrid mass timber structure includes assembly, classroom, office, display, observation and functioning aircraft hanger spaces. Like the Fitness and Wellness Centre, the new facility is designed to demonstrate the versatility and sustainability of wood materials in innovative and cost-effective ways.

Paula QuinnAs an officer of the Society, Paula is responsible for the successful management of the day-to-day operations and admin of the Society. She also sits on the Board of Directors and participates with the Board in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Society.

 

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Mass Timber Construction Management: Preconstruction, Procurement, Installation, & Training the Workforce

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Jason Reynolds · Senior Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Mass Timber Construction Management: Economics & Risk Mitigation
Chris Evans · Operations Manager · Swinerton | Erica Spiritos · Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager · Swinerton

How do contractors answer the ever-growing demand from architects and ownership groups for mass timber buildings? The growth of this budding industry is currently hamstrung by a lack of will and lack of know-how by seasoned construction professionals who know how to build, understand the onus of “architectural intent,” and ultimately must take on financial responsibility in an existing construction process, to deliver the dream of a new building system. This session will focus on how a project dies at concept, what leads to the obstinance, and how the development, architectural, engineering, and construction community can rise above the ingrained challenges to achieve success in building a sustainable future for our built environment through mass timber construction.

Chris EvansChris has been instrumental in creating Swinerton’s leadership position in the mass timber market by directing the development management process, including financial feasibility, scheduling, and design management. During construction, he supervises the construction efforts and conducts regular project reviews to ensure conformance with the project goals, obligations, schedules, and budgets. ENR recently recognized Chris as being among the nation’s top construction professionals in their National Top 20 Under 40 Competition.

Erica SpiritosErica has long been interested in the design of urban environments in ways that honor the natural resources on which our lives depend. Following her Civil & Environmental Engineering studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Erica discovered mass timber structures and their potential benefits to the construction industry. She joined a major mass timber supplier and became a cornerstone of the mass timber movement in the Pacific Northwest, educating the AEC industry and facilitating solutions to deliver eight projects, including both the tallest and the largest CLT projects in the USA. With Swinerton, Erica provides project-specific expertise to support appropriate and optimal mass timber design, estimating, BIM integration and procurement strategy.


Mass Timber Construction Management: Design Engagement, Schedule & Site Planning
Chris Evans · Operations Manager · Swinerton | Erica Spiritos · Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager · Swinerton

Equipped with a better understanding of how a mass timber project is assessed from a financial and risk perspective (the perceived obstacles), we will explore how projects can be delivered smoothly and cost-effectively. Project teams achieve success through deep understanding of the material characteristics, a design development process focused on structural system optimization and constructability, strategic procurement, and comprehensive logistics planning. This session will explore the contractor’s role in design that leads to efficient erection; it is the cumulative effect of months of planning and preparation, and smart decision-making, that enable high productivity on the jobsite and the oft-cited speed of installation. Join us on a conversation that takes us backstage to examine all the up-front work required to execute mass timber projects to the highest quality.

Chris EvansChris has been instrumental in creating Swinerton’s leadership position in the mass timber market by directing the development management process, including financial feasibility, scheduling, and design management. During construction, he supervises the construction efforts and conducts regular project reviews to ensure conformance with the project goals, obligations, schedules, and budgets. ENR recently recognized Chris as being among the nation’s top construction professionals in their National Top 20 Under 40 Competition.

Erica SpiritosErica has long been interested in the design of urban environments in ways that honor the natural resources on which our lives depend. Following her Civil & Environmental Engineering studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Erica discovered mass timber structures and their potential benefits to the construction industry. She joined a major mass timber supplier and became a cornerstone of the mass timber movement in the Pacific Northwest, educating the AEC industry and facilitating solutions to deliver eight projects, including both the tallest and the largest CLT projects in the USA. With Swinerton, Erica provides project-specific expertise to support appropriate and optimal mass timber design, estimating, BIM integration and procurement strategy.


WoodWorks Mass Timber Construction Management Program
Jason Reynolds · Senior Director, Eastern Division · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

This session will kick-off WoodWorks’ Mass Timber Construction Management Program, introducing the multi-faceted plan to train preconstruction managers, project managers, and install crews across the U.S. through a combination of hands-on experience and classroom learning.

Jason ReynoldsJason is a career construction executive with project management, operations, and business development experience in structural precast concrete, commercial general contracting, single-family residential development, and military construction. Areas of focus include strategic planning, management, client service, employee development, and proactive leadership. A designated Design Build Professional, Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Tech (2017), a Certificate of Construction Management from the University of California at Davis (2006), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Norwich University (1998). He is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps where he served in various leadership and staff roles as a Combat Engineer Officer. Jason in based in Greensboro, NC and manages the eastern US field team for WoodWorks.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Acoustics, Seismic, & Connections: Addressing Mass Timber Design Challenges

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Receive 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or 0.15 ICC credits per Track 3 panel session

Moderator:
Marc Rivard · Regional Manager · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Acoustics and Mass Timber: A Solved Challenge?
Ricky McLain · Senior Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

While laboratory measurements of the impact and airborne sound isolation of traditional building assemblies are widely available, few publicly available resources quantify and catalog the acoustic performance of mass timber assemblies, including cross-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber systems. Adding to the challenge, acoustic specialists are not typically retained for mass timber projects, placing the responsibility on the design team. To assist in the design of successful projects, WoodWorks recently published a paper and accompanying inventory of acoustically-tested mass timber assemblies. This presentation will review options for mass timber floor/ceiling and wall assemblies from the inventory, along with insights gathered from experienced project teams and acoustical product manufacturers.

Ricky McLainRicky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and a Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions for WoodWorks. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee, SEI Blast Protection of Buildings Standards Committee, and NIBS Offsite Construction Council Board. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.


CLT Shear Walls: What Do We Know and How Can We Use Them?
John W. van de Lindt · George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure · Colorado State University

The rise of mass timber construction in the U.S. over the past decade has included the rapid code-recognition of products such as cross-laminated timer (CLT). However, one of the applications often desired for CLT—as shear walls for lateral load resistance, particularly in seismic regions of the country—has yet to be codified. In order to be recognized as a seismic lateral force-resistance system in ASCE 7, a multi-year FEMA P695 project has been underway, including testing and research to evaluate CLT’s performance as a shear wall. This presentation will provide an update on the status of that project, a timeline for finalization of seismic response coefficients for CLT shear walls, and design and detailing aspects engineers can expect to employ once the systems are codified.

John W. van de LindtDr. John W. van de Lindt is the George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure in the Department of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He has led more than 30 research projects, with many focused on seismic wood research and performance-based seismic design. From 2005-2009, he served as Project Director for the NEESWood Project, where he led planning and testing of the full-scale six-story Capstone building on the E-Defense shake table in Miki, Japan. He currently leads the USDA Forest Products Lab collaboration to develop seismic performance factors for CLT in the US.


Structural Connections and Fasteners: Options, Design Values, and Future Developments
Ernesto Callegari · Product Projects Engineer · Rotho Blaas S.r.l.

This presentation will discuss general design approaches for connections in CLT buildings. The variety of connection solutions available will be presented, including angle brackets and screws, column to CLT to column node connections, shearwall connectors and more. Recent developments in the design of ductile connections will be mentioned, leading to a correct dissipative seismic design. Calculation procedures will be introduced, and resources for obtaining design values for use on mass timber projects will be explored. Due to growing interest in the use of mass timber products for whole building solutions, connection options will be highlighted for gravity and lateral framing systems—from flat plate systems to CLT bearing walls systems to column and beam systems.

Ernesto CallegariErnesto Callegari obtained a master’s degree with full marks in Civil Engineering (Timber Structures sector) at the University of Trento. He gained early experience in architectural, structural, and thermal design. He has considerable experience in structural and executive design of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, and, above all, timber buildings, collaborating with many designers and builders.

In 2013, he co-founded “DiLEGNO studio tecnico associato”, an engineering firm specializing in timber structures and wooden building design, with a focus on executive integrated design and executive design for CNC machining. And as a current Product Projects Engineer for Rotho Blaas, he works on the development of new and innovative connection systems for timber structures, cooperating with many universities and research centres. As technical trainer, he often lectures at Rothoblaas headquarters and at universities.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Reinforcing the Manufacturing Supply Chain

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by SmartLam

Moderator:
Allan Czinger · Senior Account Manager · USNR


Certification Process for Mass Timber
Steve Zylkowski · Director of Quality Services · APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Growing demand for mass timber products relies on products that perform as expected. Designers, specifiers and regulatory agencies rely on third party certification of mass timber products as a means of independent verification that products will perform as intended by applicable standards. This presentation will demonstrate the key elements that link the certification and inspection processes for mass timber products including the qualification phase, elements of the manufacturer’s quality system, verification of incoming materials, in plant test requirements and independent verification processes.

Steve ZyolkowskiSteven Zylkowski is the Director of Quality Services Division at APA – The Engineered Wood Association in Tacoma, Washington. He oversees APA certification programs to national, international and proprietary standards. He received a B.S. degree in Forest Products from the University of Minnesota, and a M.S. degree in Forest Products from Oregon State University. He serves as the chair of the ASTM subcommittee on Panels, APA coordinator on U.S. Product Standards PS 1 and PS 2 and manages the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee TC89 on Wood Panels.


Lumber Supply for North American Mass Timber Producers
Bryan Beck · President · The Beck Group

A look at major trends in the North American lumber industry and considerations specific to the rapidly growing mass timber industry.

Bryan BeckSince joining The Beck Group in 2003, Bryan has been involved a wide variety of planning and consulting projects. He served as project manager for a number of planning projects including feasibility studies and timber valuation systems, has organized and overseen in-mill log tests, and has contributed to several legal expert witness reports. Bryan’s recent work includes multiple acquisition due diligence projects, facility appraisal and valuation projects, timber and biomass supply/demand studies, and business plan development assistance. He also has been involved in a number of capital planning, sawmill modernization, and new facility feasibility studies. As a part of these projects, Bryan has analyzed the benefits of installing or upgrading optimization technology; has predicted impacts on piece counts at machine centers and the related effects on mill flow; has assessed timber supply to determine appropriate equipment configurations; and has determined financial impacts related to lumber recovery, productivity, and product yield changes.

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Assorted cookies
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Urban Growth, Code Changes, and Taller Mass Timber Buildings: A Catalyst for Driving Climate Solutions in the Building Industry

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Structures

Moderator:
Tracy Johns · Program Officer, Natural Carbon Capture · Climate Land Use Alliance


Doing the Right Thing: The Story of Sustainability, Climate, and Mass Timber
Anica Landreneau · Senior Principal, Global Director of Sustainable Design · HOK

Buildings represent 40% of emissions globally. A portion of that—embodied carbon—is finally under the microscope. According to the latest data from the United Nations Environment Programme, manufacture of building materials makes up 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. While 11% is less than half the impact of building operational energy (28%), for new construction embodied carbon matters just as much as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The emissions we produce between now and 2050 will determine whether we meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord and prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Forests could represent up to 30% of the solution to meeting our climate goals as there is no other viable solution to carbon sequestration at scale. Demand for sustainably-produced timber could be a driver for increasing the carbon stored in forests and in the building sector, by driving improved forest management and planting of new forests, and dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of buildings themselves. If the building industry can transition to sustainably harvested mass timber structural systems to balance demand on concrete and steel, we can be a part of driving significant reforestation efforts around the globe.

Anica LandreneauBased in Washington, D.C., Anica Landreneau, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, BREEAM Assessor, leads the sustainable discipline and consultancy practice at HOK. She is a member of the firm’s board of directors and design board.

Anica works to make Washington, D.C., one of the world’s greenest cities by supporting the District in green building policy development and implementation. She has authored several green building project management, design, operations and permitting guidelines for the District. Anica is serving her second term on the District of Columbia Green and Energy Codes TAG, authoring high-performance building codes, and is in her second term on the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council. Anica also serves on the Infrastructure and Planning Committee for Georgetown Heritage. Anica currently serves on the USGBC National LEED Advisory Committee, the AIA National Codes and Standards Committee, and Blue Ribbon Panel on Codes, the Consultative Council for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), ASHRAE 224P committee, and the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee.


Mass Timber as a Natural Climate Solution
Mark Wishnie · Director, Forestry & Wood Products · The Nature Conservancy

The world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history. To accommodate this growth, over the next four decades the world is projected to construct 2.48 trillion square feet (230 billion m2) of new buildings, or double our current building stock. This is the equivalent of adding an entire New York City to the planet every month for 40 years.

New science shows that natural climate solutions—based on the conservation, restoration and management of forests, grasslands and wetlands—can deliver up to 37 percent of the emission reductions needed by 2030. Demand for sustainably-produced timber could be a driver for increasing the carbon stored in forests through improved forest management and planting of new forests.

Mark WishnieMark Wishnie directs TNC’s Global Forestry & Wood Products team, where he manages a portfolio of initiatives aimed at delivering on the massive climate mitigation potential of forests and the forest economy. Mark joined TNC from the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, where he led portfolio management, research and analytics for the firm’s $3 billion global timberland portfolio. Prior to his work with BTGP, Mark co-founded and directed the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and served as Program Director of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute. Mark has also consulted to governments, universities, and Fortune 500 companies on forest finance, management and restoration. Mark holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Washington and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.


How Do We Normalize Mass Timber Construction? Discussing the Barriers for Mass Timber Demand
David Barber · Principal · Arup

Mass timber construction is still considered boutique construction and is still far from having a standard set of details and construction methods. This presentation provides an overview of the demand side issues that impact mass timber buildings and drive up costs. The changes to the 2021 IBC are a game changer for mass timber, but will construction be realized? Aspects that need to be addressed include standard details with appropriate certifications, supplier competition, uniform specifications, education of authorities, upskilling of contractors and application of current and future research.

David BarberDavid is a Principal with Arup, where he specializes in the fire safety of mass timber buildings. For over 20 years David has assisted with fire testing, developing new timber technologies, authoring fire safety design guides for construction, working with wood product suppliers and completing fire safety solutions for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. With the resurgent interest in mass timber construction, David relocated to Washington to assist Arup in developing a US based team that works with researchers, architects and developers in the fire safety of timber structures. David is currently working with project teams on mass timber buildings located throughout the US and globally.


Whole Systems Thinking for Climate Action
Patti Southard · Program Manager · King County GreenTools

King County has a very determined Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) to confront climate change, integrating climate change into all areas of County operations and its work in the community. The SCAP guides County work to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and ensure that King County continues to lead on climate action.

Part of that determination and leadership is to improve on and create high performance green buildings, utilizing the best third party certifications have to offer; challenges in procuring building materials to the buildings themselves King County is using certifications such as FSC and the Living Building Challenge as part of their tool kit.

Patti SouthardAt King County, Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating all of King County’s 39 cities on built environment and climate related policies. In addition Southard provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard has led the GreenTools program as a two time Harvard Bright Idea Award winner and recently received Governor Jay Inslee’s Solar Community Award for the Regional Code Collaboration which she co-chairs with the Kathleen Petrie, City of Seattle.

Prior to joining King County Southard was the manager of the Seattle branch of Duluth Timber Company, in addition to spending five years in business development for Environmental Home Center. In her tenure with both companies Patti was in charge of leading business development, implementing procurement strategies for the green building sector and procuring sustainably harvested wood products that were reclaimed or FSC certified.

Southard’s personal accolades include the Built Green Pioneer Award, Cascadia Green Building Council Public Sector Leadership Award, Sustainable Cities Inspirational Leadership Award, is a Cascadia Fellow, Living Future Hero and Honorary AIA.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Going Beyond Just Material Cost Per Square Foot

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Erica Spiritos · Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager · Swinerton


Project Delivery and Cost Analysis: The Benefits of Mass Timber
Nick Milestone · Chairman · TRADA

This presentation delves into the holistic values of mass engineered timber, covering topics such as the economic principles of mass timber; potential savings in the build process; considerations for design and procurement, time, cost and programme savings; and cost plan considerations.

Nick MilestoneNick Milestone BSc, BSc (Hons) MSc is the Director for Off-Site and Innovation for the William Hare Group based in the UK and the UAE, developing lightweight build systems for the UK Construction market. Prior to joining in 2018, Nick was the Managing Director of B & K Structures Ltd, the UK’s largest mass engineered timber contractor. In 2014, Nick’s passion for mass timber lead to him becoming a Director and the Chairman of TRADA. Through TRADA and in consultation with Industry heads such as Arup, Nick lead the UK’s first ‘National Structural Timber Specification’ covering the design, manufacture and erection tolerances for mass timber construction. Other key publications include The Design and Performance of Cross Laminated Timber.


The Quantifiable Appeal of Mass Timber Real Estate
Emily Dawson · Architect · PATH Architecture

How cost competitive is building with CLT, compared to other structural systems? So goes the perennial question from building owners and developers. As designer, developer, general contractor, and owner of CLT projects, including Carbon 12 and the under-construction Canyons, Kaiser Group and PATH Architecture have first-hand experience designing with mass timber as the most cost-effective structural solution. This presentation will illuminate the many factors that contribute to the financial benefits of building with CLT, from structural efficiency to a balanced proforma, and Kaiser Group’s evolution working with mass timber as the developer’s structural system of choice.

Emily DawsonEmily designed the first cross-laminated timber structure built in Oregon as part of an expansion of the Oregon Zoo, and has been investigating and implementing mass timber solutions ever since. A 2015 travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe brought her interest in modularity and off-site construction efficiency into focus. As a project architect and project manager at PATH, she works exclusively with mass timber projects from feasibility to construction. In 2016, Emily was recognized as a Daily Journal of Commerce Woman of Vision. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Controlling Cost for Platte Fifteen, a Denver, Colorado Mass Timber office
Greg Kingsley · President and CEO · KL&A Engineers and Builders | Shawn Brannon · Project Manager · Adolfson & Peterson Construction

The mass timber project known as “Platte Fifteen” is Denver’s largest commercial mass timber building to date. Approximately 157,000 gsf over all, the building is a spec office with one story below grade and five above, four of which are mass timber. The ownership group has a strong interest in mass timber construction, believing it gives them a unique market appeal, and were willing to invest in a design process that optimized cost and utility for their project. Bay studies were conducted to evaluate the costs and benefits of eleven different structural schemes, looking at grid size, clear heights, all wood, all steel, and wood/steel hybrid solutions. Two were selected for evaluation by mass timber suppliers.

Greg Kingsley leads KL&A Engineers and Builders, a firm of 85 with offices in Colorado and Wyoming that includes structural engineers, steel detailers, and construction managers. He enjoys collaboration with architects and builders on innovative structures of all types, but especially in wood.

Shawn BrannonShawn Brannon serves as Project Manager for Adolfson & Peterson Construction in Denver, Colorado. In his 17 years in the construction industry, he has managed projects up to $90 million within the office, educational, municipal, medical, retail and site development markets. In these roles, he has been responsible for managing the extensive communication needed to control pre-construction, contracts, project documentation, financial health, scheduling, safety, team member development and quality control. Shawn is currently working to complete Platte Fifteen, a 157,000 square foot mixed use office building, Colorado’s largest Mass Timber project to date. He has also taken his learning beyond the project by advocating mass timber through educational opportunities for local Colorado and Wyoming universities, municipal groups and current clients.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Beyond Fire Testing: Advanced Fire Design Topics for Mass Timber

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Receive 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or 0.15 ICC credits per Track 3 panel session

Moderator:
Ricky McLain · Senior Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Firestops in Mass Timber Assemblies
Matthew Winston · Fire Protection Engineer · Hilti

This presentation will investigate the use of firestops in cross-laminated timber (CLT) assemblies, based on completed testing. Three CLT floor assemblies, each provided by a different manufacturer, were tested in accordance with the method for through-penetration firestops, UL 1479/ASTM E814. Each test assembly contained the same group of five through-penetrations. Testing was conducted at the Hilti Testing and Development Center in Irving, TX. The through-penetrations were protected with identical firestop installations. The tests demonstrate the acceptable performance of firestops in CLT assemblies. The tests also demonstrate a method to validate the extension of data from firestop testing in one CLT assembly for use in other CLT assemblies that may vary by manufacturer, thickness, wood species, and other parameters. This presentation will also discuss firestop for CLT floors as part of perimeter fire barrier systems, and discuss testing performed for joints involving CLT floors and gypsum walls. In addition to firestop testing, the relationship between the typical approvals process for firestops and that for CLT assemblies will be examined.

Matthew WinstonMatthew Winston is a fire protection engineer for Hilti based at the Hilti Testing and Development Center in Irving, Texas. He is currently responsible for the firestop testing program for Hilti North America. Matthew began his career in fire protection by earning Fire Fighter I and II certifications in California. He then worked for Jorgensen Company, a fire and life safety contractor in central California, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, Matthew earned his Bachelors of Science degree from California State University Bakersfield in the field of Engineering Sciences, Petroleum Engineering concentration. He went on to earn a Masters in Fire Protection Engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 2015, Matthew began working for Hilti as a fire protection engineer in the Irving, Texas office. Matthew is actively committed to increasing the appreciation for life safety and fire science.


PRG 320-18 Elevates Fire Performance for CLT Adhesives
Mark Clark · Technical Compliance Manager · Hexion

Cross-laminated panel products, regardless of substrate, present unique adhesive challenges due to their specialized layup requirements and utilization as primary structural elements. The work of the International Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings and results of large-scale cross-laminated timber (CLT) compartment fire tests in 2016 revealed a potential concern—fire regrowth—particular to CLT. The committee overseeing the ANSI/APA PRG 320 Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber addressed this concern in the 2018 standard with significant additions to the performance requirements for adhesives, replacing a small-scale flame test and adding full-size, simulated compartment fire testing. These revisions were key to garnering fire service support for changes to the 2021 International Building Code allowing tall wood buildings. This presentation will explain the new adhesive requirements with an emphasis on what designers need to know when specifying CLT.

Having begun his career as a carpenter, Mark has spent the past 30 years working in the Forest Products Research and Development Laboratory of Hexion’s Forest Products Division. His roles have included Facility Manager, Laboratory Safety Officer, Applications and Testing Manager and Technical Compliance Manager. Among his current appointments, Mark is Vice Chair the ASTM committee on Adhesives, Chair of the ASTM committee on Wood Adhesives, and a member of the PRG-320 committee. He is a member of the American Wood Council, International Code Council, Forest Products Society, National Fire Protection Association, and Society of Wood Science and Technology.


Post-Fire Assessment and Restoration of Cross-Laminated Timber Structures
Jim Henjum · Engineering Manager · SmartLam

As a mass timber element, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) may be designed to resist loads when directly exposed to fire using procedures outlined in the National Design Specification (NDS) for wood construction Chapter 16. As the surface of CLT chars, the interior of the member retains its structural integrity providing residual capacity during and after a fire.

This presentation provides practical guidance on post-fire structural assessment and repair of CLT panels to prevent the replacement or demolition of CLT structures. As a practical example, the repair of a CLT panel used in the USDA compartment fire testing will be considered. One detailed solution for CLT repair will be presented along with several others for future consideration.

Jim HenjumJim Henjum leads the design and engineering teams within SmartLam. With over 20 years of experience in the structural engineering field, Jim has been involved in the design of commercial structures, high-end residential structures, renovation and retrofits to existing buildings, specialty structures, and municipal structures while designing with multiple materials including steel, concrete, masonry, and wood products. He has been providing engineering and consulting services for SmartLam since inception that include manufacturing process and engineering support for products and the design of CLT matting, bridges and building structures. Jim is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the states Montana and Washington and holds a structural license (SE) in the state of Idaho. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Capital Markets 101

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by SmartLam

Moderator:
Noel Johnson · Principal · Cairn Pacific


This roundtable discussion will focus on institutional-scale investment fundamentals and how they align (or don’t) with the mass timber movement. Join us to hear from, and ask questions of, some of the West Coast’s most active and informed investment professionals.

Laura Metzger · Executive Director · JPMorgan Asset Management

Laura Metzger, Executive Director, is on the Los Angeles-based Acquisitions team of JPMAM’s U.S. Real Estate group, focusing on acquisition and joint venture development opportunities in the Pacific Northwest across all property types. Laura started at JPM in August 2007 and was previously responsible for acquisition and joint venture development opportunities in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland markets. Prior to starting at JPMAM, Laura worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Laura earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and completed several graduate courses at New York University with a Real Estate Development concentration.

Dillon Lorda · Managing Member · Conrad Investment Management

Dillon Lorda is the founder and Managing Member of Conrad Investment Management. Dillon has 18 years of real asset experience, with a focus on institutional real estate investment and portfolio management. Prior to founding Conrad, he was a Managing Director at Pension Consulting Alliance, where he helped invest and manage institutional real asset portfolios on behalf of large institutional investors. Previously, he worked as an investment professional in acquisitions and development roles at Time Equities and Del Mar Real Estate, after having started his career in agricultural commodities with Bunge and ED&F Man. Dillon received a M.S. in Real Estate Investment from New York University and a B.A. from Hamilton College.

Tom Stover · Vice President, Transactions Group · Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) LP

Tom StoverTom Stover joined Bentall Kennedy in May 2015 and is a Vice President in the Transactions group. Mr. Stover is responsible for originating new business along the West Coast with a focus in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, and duties include performing all aspects of the deal closing process including sourcing, underwriting, negotiating, and conducting due diligence. Mr. Stover received a B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle.

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5:00pm – 6:30pm

Happy Hour Reception

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Hexion and Swinerton

Join us for happy hour and outstanding connection-building at the conclusion of the educational sessions.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar.

Submit your business card to Hexion (booth #623) and Swinerton (booth #615) for a chance to win a DJI Phantom 3 drone, G-Ro Classic Carry-On, and Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones. Winners announced Thursday morning in the General Session (Oregon Ballrooms 203–204)

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

6:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast

Oregon Ballrooms 201–202
General

Sponsored by USNR

The breakfast menu includes:

  • Huevos rancheros
  • Mexican style chorizo potatoes
  • Canadian bacon
  • Chicken apple sausage
  • Fresh sliced fruit in season
  • Breakfast pastries
  • Assorted juices
  • Freshly brewed coffee and tea

Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan alternatives will be available to those who select those options when registering for their pass(es).

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8:00am – 9:45am

General Session

Oregon Ballrooms 203–204
General

Kickoff and Committee Welcome
Arnie Didier · COO · Forest Business Network


From Land to Long-Term Ownership: How a Joined Up Approach Is Revolutionizing the Housing Market
Paul Williamson · Managing Director, Modular Housing · Swan Housing

Swan specialises in long term regeneration projects. They acquire land, consult with residents, design buildings and communities, take schemes through planning approval, then manufacture, assemble, and construct. They also retain ownership of a number of their buildings as long-term rented accommodation. This end-to-end approach gives Swan a unique perspective on the market.

Hear how Swan developed the NU build system, what the key decisions were, and where the challenges lie. Using this system, Swan will deliver 300–400 homes a year to its development schemes.

Attendees will also hear what’s next in the evolution of modular from Swan’s experience in the field.

Paul WilliamsonPaul leads Swan’s Modular Housing team. Swan is a not for profit housing association whose social purpose is to provide exemplar homes and communities. The organisation focuses on a corridor running from London out to the Essex coast. The goal of Swan’s Modular Housing team is to produce high quality, lower cost homes, faster than traditional builds. The NU build system uses CLT in modular form to rapidly produce low environmental impact, precision engineered homes for developments in the South East of the UK. Having taken the business from inception to production Paul enjoys, innovative, challenging projects that alter the normal ways of doing business.


WoodWorks and Tall Wood Code Celebration
Bill Parsons · VP of Operations · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Housekeeping & Prize Giveaways
Tom Waddell · VP Marketing & Sales · Forest Business Network

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Whole fruit
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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10:30am – 12:00pm

Affordable Housing, Energy Efficiency, and Mass Timber’s Role

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Structures

Moderator:
Melissa Kroskey · Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


How to Utilize Mass Timber to Create Affordable, Durable and Healthy Housing for All
Jeff Spiritos · Principal · Spiritos Properties

Mass timber brings a revolutionary approach to addressing North America’s critical shortage of quality multi-family affordable housing for the masses. No other building system has mass timber’s inherent characteristics—critically environmental, prefabricated, precise, fast, clean, quiet, aesthetic, thermally efficient, healthy and durable—all adding up to the ideal way to build the massive supply of housing that is needed. We will set the stage by defining the issue, quantifying the need, setting out the product opportunity and sharing the progress of an actual project, including design details, to illustrate the path forward.

Jeff SpiritosJeff is a principal of Spiritos Properties, a mass timber developer principally working in the northeast U.S.

Spiritos has been engaged in developing buildings the old fashioned way, from steel and concrete, for some time, now replaced over the past few years by developing with mass timber structural systems.


Platforms-for-Life: Generative Urban Housing Systems Technology
Oliver Lang · CEO, Principal · Intelligent City + LWPAC

This presentation will focus on required innovation and convergence through the vertical integration of design-engineering, with a differentiated mass-timber based building system through in-house start-to-end parametric software and a CNC and robotically assisted off-site prefabrication process. The session will exemplify this through current projects including Corvette Landing in Esquimalt, a 12 storey mass-timber Passive House market condominium project, that has recently received approvals for rezoning, development permit and go ahead from a National Expert Review Panel and the Building Safety Standard Branch for its use of the Platforms-for-Life mass-timber based building system. The session will include an introduction to the approach, building design, systems technologies, platform design, mass-customization, regulatory issues, lessons learned, and how this platform based approach provides a path towards urban housing that is affordable, sustainable, scalable and adaptable.

Oliver LangOliver Lang is a German Canadian architect, fabricator, developer, and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Columbia University GSAPP with a MSc. Advanced Architectural Design post‐professional degree and graduated from the University of Technology Berlin with a Diplom‐Ingenieur with studies at the ETSAB Barcelona.

He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent City and the founder and principal of LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture. Intelligent City is a technology-enabled and platform-based product company for the urban housing building industry. IC focuses on convergence through the vertical integration of a differentiated mass-timber based building system with in-house start-to-end parametric software and a robotically assisted prefabrication process. LWPAC is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm that engages at the interface between architecture, urban culture, and technology innovation.


Rediscovery of Timber in Japan: CLT Applications for Climate Control and Affordable Housing
Yosuke Komiyama · Assistant Professor · Kyoto University

The current state of mass timber construction in Japan will be discussed with an emphasis on energy efficiency and affordable housing. The presenter will share two of his innovative designs featuring passive climate control to thermally stabilise the indoor environment and a modular solution for affordable housing. The Tablet Archive + Gallery in Haruna is a 1-storey autonomous warehouse with an energy efficient design utilising CLT to stabilize the indoor temperature and humidity and eliminating the need for air conditioning equipment. The second case study is MK10 Mobility, a 1-storey CLT modular structure with five prefabricated volumetric CLT units assembled to form a prototype for an affordable compact home.

Yosuke KomiyamaYosuke Komiyama is an architect and researcher in Japan, and currently an Assistant Professor at Kyoto University. Yosuke received both his undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Tokyo.
He also studied in The Technical University of Munich and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette before he worked in Horden Cherry Lee Architects London and Emeraude Architectural Laboratory Gunma.

Yosuke works on designing prototypes of various architecture with new timber technologies, especially cross laminated timber. He was the lead on concept and detail designs and construction supervision for a CLT building, Kingsgate House (7-storey affordable housing completed in 2014 and the world’s first PEFC certified building), when he worked for Horden Cherry Lee Architects.

Since returning to Japan he has worked on six CLT projects and also joined various joint CLT research projects with construction companies.

He wrote a serial article “12 Sections of CLT” about CLT development in Japan in 2017-2018 in a Japanese architectural magazine SHINKENCHIKU (New Architecture). He recently received “Excellent Research Awards in Young Architects’ Design Sessions” in ISAIS 2018 (International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia) for the project “Tablets Archive + Gallery in Haruna”.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Research Advancements Leading to Mass Timber Sector Growth

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Brian Brashaw · Program Manager · USDA Forest Service


Research Priority Needs for 2019 and Beyond
Tom Williamson · Managing Partner · Timber Engineering LLC | Nick Milestone · Chairman · TRADA

Tom Williamson’s presentation will focus on findings from the 2nd North American Workshop on Mass Timber Research, held Nov. 13-14, 2018 at the U.S. Forest Products Lab (FPL). The Workshop, co-sponsored by the FPL and WoodWorks, featured eight panel discussions led by experts on a wide range of mass timber research topics. The over 120 representatives of academia, design professionals, manufacturers, and government researchers identified the top mass timber research needs which will guide the future development of mass timber and address market hurdles. This presentation will highlight the results of this Workshop.

Nick Mileston’s presentation will address TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association), the UK’s oldest and established research and publications organization, dating back to 1934. With the advancement in technology and the growth in mass timber buildings across the globe this has lead to a number of risk considerations and changes in local building codes that allow the progression of tall timber buildings. Industry demands in the UK have lead to the formation of the UK’s first Mass Timber Hub, formed of industry specialists, that share good practice knowledge and guidelines to ensure the continued growth of mass timber construction. The key topics covered are Fire and Durability and the required research needed to give both confidence and guidance when specifying the use of mass timber.

Tom WilliamsonTom Williamson is a registered P.E. and the retired VP for Quality and Technical Services of APA–The Engineered Wood Association and is the former Executive VP of the American Institute of Timber Construction. He chaired the ANSI Committee that developed the 2102, 2017 and 2018 versions of PRG-320, The Performance Rated Standard for Cross Laminated Timber. He was the facilitator for the 1st and 2nd workshops on mass timber research and has made numerous presentations on mass timber.

Nick MilestoneNick Milestone BSc, BSc (Hons) MSc is the Director for Off-Site and Innovation for the William Hare Group based in the UK and the UAE, developing lightweight build systems for the UK Construction market. Prior to joining in 2018, Nick was the Managing Director of B & K Structures Ltd, the UK’s largest mass engineered timber contractor. In 2014, Nick’s passion for mass timber lead to him becoming a Director and the Chairman of TRADA. Through TRADA and in consultation with Industry heads such as Arup, Nick lead the UK’s first ‘National Structural Timber Specification’ covering the design, manufacture and erection tolerances for mass timber construction. Other key publications include The Design and Performance of Cross Laminated Timber.


Comprehensive Performance Monitoring of a Mass Timber Building
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg · Director – Institute for Health in the Built Environment · University of Oregon | Jason Stenson · Senior Research Assistant · University of Oregon

A multi-disciplinary research team of building scientists, biologists, indoor chemists investigated the performance of a mixed-use building constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and mass timber assemblies on a range of building parameters. We will report on long-term results of diverse indoor air quality monitoring, acoustic and vibrational monitoring, and subjective thermal comfort and vibrational comfort. Field tests were coupled with selected laboratory tests to verify and expand upon field results.

On the whole, the building performed within acceptable ranges for all parameters per ASHRAE, EPA and OSHA recommendations. In addition to summary findings on each critical performance parameter, other lessons learned regarding building design and commissioning, as well as regarding long-term building performance modeling will be shared.

Kevin Van Den WymelenbergDr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. He is the Director of the Institute for Health in the Built Environment and the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL), and Co-director of the Biology and the Built Environment Center in Eugene and Portland, OR. He has a PhD in Built Environments from the University of Washington. His research areas include daylighting design, integrated design principles, energy performance, acoustics, indoor air quality, and the microbiome in buildings. Van Den Wymelenberg has consulted on several hundred new construction and major renovation projects with architects and engineers regarding energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings since 2000.

Jason Stenson has been with ESBL since 2005 and has degrees in architecture and mechanical engineering. Jason conducted the majority of the field data collection for the project discussed.


Research Into the Development of Seismic Design Approaches for Mass Timber Construction
Douglas Robert Rammer · Research General Engineer · USDA Forest Service – Forest Products Laboratory

Strong interest in mass timber construction in western regions of the United States has resulted in increased research into design methods to resist seismic loadings. One such approach is having an ACSE 7 recognized CLT wall as a lateral force resisting system (LFRS) which was the focus of a multi-year research project utilizing the FEMA P695 methodology. The project is nearing completion and the results from the study will be proposed for implementation in the seismic design codes in the US. A second approach for design of mass timber structures in the seismic regions focuses on the development of rocking wall systems. A multi-institutional project is currently underway that involves modeling supplemented by sub-assembly and system level testing to develop a mass timber rocking wall design approach. This presentation will highlight the archetype development, analysis, and path forward for the CLT LFRS evaluated based on the FEMA P695 methodology. The latest information on the 10-story shake table test to validate the rocking wall design methods will also be presented.

Douglas Rammer is Research General Engineer in the Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood-Based Materials, and Structures Unit at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory. He specializes in conducting applied research focused on the developing design criteria for wood, wood-based products, and timber connections for bridges and structures. He has several on-going research projects related to the seismic performance of timber structures involving Cross Laminated Timber, Structural Insulated Panels, and Timber Buckling Braced Frames. One multi-institutional effort aim is to develop mass timber rocking wall design criteria and validate the procedure with a full scale 10 story shake table test. Finally, Mr. Rammer has been involved on several committees related to the development of design standards for wood construction and wood based product standard committees.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Real World: Cutting, Coating, and Protecting Mass Timber Products

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Receive 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or 0.15 ICC credits per Track 3 panel session

Moderator:
Arnie Didier · COO · Forest Business Network


How to Produce CLT Elements With Best Efficiency and Product Quality: Case Story of Fully Automated CLT and Glulam Beam Factory
Kristian Kallesøe · COO · Kallesoe Machinery

Over the last 10-15 years the demand for engineered mass timber has rapidly increased all over the world, due to environmental properties and need of lighter, but stronger and flexible building materials. The focus for cross laminated timber (CLT) has never been bigger as it is now. In this presentation we will share some of our knowledge on how to design a fully automated, production CLT press line using the best available high frequency technology to ensure fast curing and flexible “just in time” production. Kallesoe Machinery A/S has more than 50 years of experience within the wood industry and is a specialist on press technology. Our first CLT press was manufactured as early as 1994 for Lignotrend GmbH in Germany.

Kristian KallesøeKristian Kallesøe is Chief Operating Officer of Kallesoe Machinery A/S and—now in third generation—in charge of the operations of the 50 year old international engineering company which has its headquarters in Lem, Denmark. After graduating within the field of advanced bio mixer systems and chopper pump systems at Landia A/S in 2007, Kristian joined the family company, the first three years in the sales and project department and since 2010 as Chief Operating Officer taking care of daily operations and large projects. In addition, he earned a diploma in Leadership at Probana Business School, Denmark. Kristian is actively providing turnkey solutions to sawmills and other investors who wish to produce mass timber. He has extensive knowledge of mass timber production among Europe’s largest suppliers.


Getting the Most Out of Your Wood Finish Performance
Caroline March-Long · Director of Sales and Marketing · Sansin Corporation

Wood is a strong, flexible, and environmentally friendly building material with natural protective properties; however, wood must endure a range of weathering factors and possible biological/physical degradation.

A coating can help ensure the building will perform well over time, reducing time-consuming maintenance costs for the owner and allowing the mass timber structure to stand as a testament to the beauty and longevity of wood for commercial and residential use.

Architects and manufacturers should strongly consider the following in selecting a coating product: environmental performance, ability to penetrate and protect wood, ability to meet beauty, finish and color requirements in the factory, coating performance and ease of maintenance.

The presentation will review the factors that impact coating performance and how to create the best look, protection and maintenance program.

Caroline March-LongCaroline March Long serves as Sansin’s Director of Sales and Marketing. For more than 15 years, Caroline has worked within the green building, green technology and sustainability industries on strategic sales and marketing programs to educate, build awareness and develop business. She currently spearheads Sansin’s global sales and marketing, working with companies in the mass timber supply chain on coating systems and architectural projects.


The Role of Timber Coating During and After the Construction Phase
Brad Nile · Project Executive · Andersen Construction

Discussion of the field issues associated with erecting mass timber structures throughout the calendar year, and the role of coatings both during the construction phase and over the life of the building.

Brad NileBrad is an architect and lifelong student of construction and building systems that includes 25 years working for Andersen Construction. As an Oregon-based construction company founded in 1950, Andersen has strong ties to Forest Industries and a love of timber structures. Brad has served as Project Executive for many landmark projects in Oregon including the OSU Forest Science Complex, Block 76 in Portland, and District Office in Portland.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Fibers That Bind Us: A Discussion at the Intersection of Mass Timber, Composite Materials, Steel, and Concrete

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by SmartLam

Moderator:
Russ Vaagen · Founder & CEO · Vaagen Timbers


This roundtable discussion will explore how mass timber, composite materials, steel, and concrete will work together in the future and how we can all benefit from a collaborative approach to materials in the built environment. New technologies in each field will develop new ways to build a better tomorrow.

Ed Pilpel · Chairman · Recycling Committee at ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association)

Ed began his career at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, followed by 40 years in the composites industry starting at Olin Corporation, Gordon Holdings, and Polystrand. Pilpel has held a myriad of positions from Senior Engineer to President at these organizations. Pilpel holds over 25 U.S. patents. He has served as the Subcommittee Chairman for the ASTM Committee on snow skis. Currently he is Chairman of the Recycling Committee at ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association) and is from Hartford, Connecticut. Ed’s product development portfolio includes:

  • Co-Inventor Shaped/Parabolic Snow Ski
  • Composite Reinforced Glulam
  • Composite Reinforced Wood Truck Trailer Floor
  • Composite Ballistic Armor Laminate

Peter Hedger · Vice President of Sales · Structural Composites

Peter has been in the composites industry for over 15 years. Magnum Venus Products, a family-owned company, manufactures critical nozzles and pumps for composite OEMs, and recently manufactured the world’s largest 3D thermoset printer in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab. In 2019, Hedger joined Structural Composites, a composite development firm behind a multi-year product development and certification of a more efficient semi-truck trailer for Wabash Trucking. Peter works closely with composite leaders in automotive, boating, and military industries and is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tyler Krutzfeldt · Director of Investments · Mont Vista Capital

Tyler will discuss one of the firm’s development and investment strategies with a global composite manufacturer. Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GRFP) composites improve the resiliency of concrete from the inside-out, replacing steel rebar prone to corrosion. The technology holds promise in coastal regions at risk of saltwater intrusion and sea-level rise. Like mass timber, GFRP also demonstrates weight savings and labor cost savings. Tyler visits us from Miami, Florida where voters recently approved a $400 million resilient infrastructure bond.

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12:00pm – 1:15pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Appreciation

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Rothoblaas

The lunch menu includes a Southern extravaganza of:

  • Farmer’s greens, ranch dressing, red wine vinaigrette
  • Grilled asparagus, roasted peppers, blue lemon vinaigrette
  • Aunt Bess buttermilk fried chicken
  • Slow roasted beef brisket, whiskey barbecue sauce
  • Macaroni-n-cheese, Tillamook cheddar
  • Green beans
  • Cornbread muffins
  • Southern peaches and cream
  • Iced tea and lemonade

Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan alternatives will be available to those who select those options when registering for their pass(es).

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Position, Communicate, and Pitch Mass Timber as a Solution

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Structures

Moderator:
Will Novy-Hildesly · Executive Director · #ForestProud


The Future of Living & Carbon Sequestering Buildings
James Connelly · VP Products + Strategic Growth · International Living Future Institute

Over the last <25 years, the green building industry has made tremendous progress in improving building operational energy performance. As the building marketplace shifts from standard code construction to green design, ultra-high energy efficiency and eventually Zero Energy Buildings, the carbon emissions “embodied” within the supply chains for all building materials is fast becoming the next challenge for reducing the overall carbon impact of the building sector. Mass Timber will be a critical element in creating carbon positive buildings. Join this session to learn how mass timber designers and manufacturers can leverage the Institute’s flagship programs—the Living Product Challenge, Living Building Challenge, and Zero Carbon Certification—to create a future of high-performance carbon sequestering buildings. James ConnellyA GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally.

As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for the Institute’s corporate and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Hub (a center of innovative manufacturing in southwestern Pennsylvania), Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products) and the Handprint Label (an elegant CSR framework for companies on the pathway to achieving Net Positive impact).

Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, James received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research on green building rating systems in China. James is a frequent national and international speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business, ecological manufacturing, and affordable housing. He is an avid writer and his research and commentary have been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue, Trim Tab, BuildingGreen, GreenBiz and Engineering News Record.


Building a Global Carbon Sink
Andrew Ruff · Research Coordinator · Timber City, Gray Organschi Architecture

The expected growth of global urban population will create immense demand for new housing, commercial buildings, and infrastructure over the coming quarter century. Conventional wisdom perceives this construction wave as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the associated production of cement, steel, aluminum, and other pertinent materials. Might it be possible to turn this anticipated threat to the global climate system into a powerful mitigation scheme? To provide a serious answer to this provocative question, we explore the possible double climate dividend potential of constructing buildings from wood and other bio-based materials.

Andrew RuffAndrew Ruff is the Research Coordinator of the Timber City Research Initiative, a Senior Associate at Gray Organschi Architecture, and a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture. He previously held appointments as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and a Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as part of the guest faculty at the Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, where he led design research into the applications of mass timber assemblies in mid-rise building applications. In addition to his professional degree in Architecture, he holds a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and has lectured and published on the subject of mass timber buildings in the global carbon economy.


Achieving Climate-Smart Buildings and Healthy Forests
Brad Kahn · President · Groundwork Strategies

For decades large construction projects emphasized steel and concrete, huge emitters of greenhouse gasses. Recently, a movement has begun to explore mass timber, frequently marketed as “carbon neutral”. The reality is somewhat more nuanced, especially when carbon emissions from forests and transportation are factored in. This session will present research about the wide variations in carbon storage due to differences in forest management, and how sourcing can impact carbon benefits from mass timber. As climate efforts increasingly focus on buildings, and embodied carbon in materials specifically, this session will help participants understand what it really takes to choose products that are climate solutions.

Brad KahnAs president of Groundwork Strategies, Brad Kahn focuses his work on climate change, including forest management and green building. He serves as communications director for the Forest Stewardship Council in the U.S. and for the Bullitt Center, a heavy timber structure known as the world’s greenest. He also supports the Packard Foundation’s climate program, helping engage philanthropists in the fight to protect forests and promote sustainable land use in the United States and around the world. For 20 years, Brad has served foundations, governments and nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues. He has a Masters degree in watershed systems and management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in economics from Brown.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

A Manufacturing Perspective on Mass Timber Projects: Coordination and Communication Are Very Important

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Daryl Patterson · Director of R&D (Construction & Real Estate Technology) · Lendlease


A Deeper Understanding: Mass Timber Versus Typical Wood Construction
Tyler Freres · Vice President · Freres Lumber Co., Inc.

Mass timber panels come in all types and constructions and require coordination and support along every stage of the process. The nuances of the panel construction as well as the unique capabilities of each CNC machine require a deeper understanding of product capabilities than typical wood construction. After panel fabrication, additional coordination and logistics are required to deliver the appropriate panel to site in the appropriate order.
The current marketplace is characterized as batch production from manufacturers and does not lend itself to mass production of panels. The future may be different.

Tyler FreresTyler Freres is the Vice President of Sales for Freres Lumber Co., Inc. He has worked directly in plywood manufacturing since 1999. In his veneer sales position, he is responsible for selling and sourcing all veneer for Freres veneer and plywood operations, and has been closely involved in research and new product development. As an executive team member, he takes an active role in determining the long-term direction of the company.

In 2016, Tyler conceived of and the company later created Freres’ Mass Plywood Panel (MPP). Tyler’s passion for the future of veneer is evident: “I believe that the veneer and panel industry has the greatest potential of transforming and producing innovative wood products to create the greatest structures at the lowest cost with the least environmental impact.”


DfMA in Mass Timber Construction
Lucas Epp · Head of Engineering · StructureCraft

Mass timber product choice? Core construction type? Panel size? Connection details? Creating cost efficient mass timber structures requires consideration of the manufacturing and assembly process early in design.

Design principles will be outlined for creating mass timber structures which are simple to fabricate and quick to install, along with practical considerations in engineering, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and installation for larger mass timber structures. A comparison will also be provided between different core construction types (concrete, steel, mass timber) and resulting impacts on construction cost and install speed.

Lucas EppLucas Epp is a structural engineer with more than 12 years of experience working in North America, the UK, and New Zealand. He moved back to Canada and StructureCraft in 2014, to start StructureCraft’s engineering department. Lucas’ expertise with complex geometry and challenging structures has led him to be involved in projects where the interaction of architecture and structure is critical to the success of the project. He is passionate about timber engineering and has built a team at StructureCraft of more than 20 timber engineers and designers from around the world.

His proficiency in Rhino + Grasshopper, hsbCAD, RFEM, and many other 3D modelling and structural programs facilitate efficient delivery of complex projects. Lucas speaks widely across North America on timber design and construction, and has lectured at the Architectural Association in London, ETH Zurich, and the University of British Columbia. He is an author of the recently published Nail Laminated Timber Design Guide, and is currently involved in writing a new Mass Timber Vibration Design Guide.


Mass Timber Manufacture, Fabrication, and Raising: Importance of Team Collaboration
Levi Huffman · Director of Engineering and Technical Services · D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations

Countless man-hours go into each mass timber project to ensure the project reaches the finish line according to the owners budget, meeting the architect’s vision, with the strength required by the engineer, and per the contractors schedule. As a manufacturer and fabricator of mass timber components, it is up to us to digest the communications of the project team and implement them into each and every timber element. Real world experience will be discussed showing how the manufacturer will go beyond the typical CNC fabrication or delivery sequence expectations.

Levi HuffmanLevi is a registered Professional Engineer at D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations (DRJ), a manufacturer and fabricator of mass timber components for use in structural applications. Levi has a diverse background in the design of public and private structures, project management, product design, process management and quality control. As DRJ’s Director of Engineering and Technical services, Levi has helped deliver over 20 significant mass timber projects throughout Oregon, California, and Washington. Levi is the fourth generation within his family to base his career in the timber industry and takes great pride in working with this timeless material.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Designing an Efficient Grid, Big or Small: Leveraging Material Properties and Manufacturer Capabilities

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Receive 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or 0.15 ICC credits per Track 3 panel session

Moderator:
Tim Strasser · Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council


Going Long: A Case Study of the University of Idaho Arena Design Process and the Use of Heavy Timber in a Steel Dominated Building Typology
Chris Roberts · Architect · Opsis Architecture

Using the University of Idaho Arena as a case study, this session will illustrate the collaborative design process used to create an iconic, wood state-of-the-art basketball and events facility utilizing Idaho forest products and suppliers. Focusing on the process of creating a cost-effective long span timber design, topics will include structural optimization, DFMA (design for manufacture + assembly) and fire engineering considerations. The project goals are to create a regional economic generator showcasing engineered heavy timber solutions that serve as a genesis for future projects.

Chris RobertsChris is a seasoned project architect and designer with more than 24 years of experience. He is an associate principal at Opsis Architecture and has been with the firm for 15 years. His architectural journey encompasses a diverse background of project types varying in size and complexity. His areas of expertise span from community recreation centers, aquatic facilities and football stadiums to finely-tuned performance halls and science libraries. He is responsible for technical design innovation and implementation throughout the office and leads the Opsis sports group. Regardless of project size or complexity, Chris has a proven track record of integrating program and client needs with sustainable and transformative design aspirations. His quest for knowledge and passionate integration of timber products places him at the forefront of innovation in the practice, application, and design possibilities of this material.


Efficient Mass Timber Construction: Specifying Mass Timber Grids
Lauren Wingo · Structural Engineer · Arup

Multi-floor mass timber construction for office buildings needs to be cost-effective in construction and one of the key items that increases cost per square foot is the chosen floor system. To investigate mass timber floor options and determine the most cost-effective solutions, a research project on mass timber floors was funded by Arup. This presentation provides a summary of that research, which combined global input from structural, acoustic and fire engineers who work regularly with mass timber. The presentation will be of interest to all designers, architects and developers who have questioned why mass timber structures are more costly than similar steel or concrete buildings.

Lauren WingoLauren Wingo is a licensed structural engineer in Arup’s Washington, DC office. Her experience includes both conventional and innovative structural materials, with a focus on incorporating sustainable strategies into structural design. She was the lead project engineer for Washington Latin Public Charter School, the first cross-laminated timber building in the District of Columbia. Lauren has a degree in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from George Washington University. She serves on the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee.


The Development Case of District Office, a 6-Story CLT Office Building in Portland’s Central Eastside
Joren Bass · Senior Development Manager · Urban Development Partners

District Office is a dynamic and forward-thinking creative office building that provides flexibility, openness, and adaptability while taking advantage of city views and connection to the active urban environment. The 6-story, 90,400sf building utilizes cross-laminated timber floors and glulam timber framing. The design allows for flexibility for multi-tenant demising, generous 40’ spans for maximum layout flexibility, and large operable panels that open the office space to the outdoors. This session will discuss the development perspective of this mass timber speculative office, as well as pre-construction decisions, design processes, financial insights and tenant leasing strategies.

Joren BassA “boots on the ground architect,” Joren is every bit as comfortable and capable with a pencil or computer as with a framing hammer in hand. Adept at managing every phase of the building process, from early conception and design through construction and completion. Bringing more than 20 years of diverse design and construction experience with projects in the Portland area, as well as nationally and internationally, Joren holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and is a licensed architect. His broad experience, creativity, and passion for the built environment allow him to help UD+P shape Portland’s innovative, sustainable and growing community.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Shark Tank: How to Sell the Why 101

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by SmartLam

Moderator:
Noel Johnson · Principal · Cairn Pacific


Join a roundtable discussion as we hear the pitch from a developer, architect, and contractor—“why you should consider timber.” Having each successfully “sold” this multiple times, they will discuss the pitch with and be critiqued by a communications guru. Audience questions and ideas are welcome. The goal is to enable attendees to better convert clients and/or “get to yes” with key project stakeholders.

Noel Johnson · Principal · Cairn Pacific

Noel JohnsonNoel Johnson is a Portland, Oregon, based real estate developer focused on complex real estate projects, including multiple mass-timber buildings. Noel has sourced, capitalized, and overseen the execution of innovative, institutional-scale housing, office and retail investments across multiple Pacific Northwest markets. His experience spans more than $1B of investment activity across more than 20 projects. Noel began his career as a developer for Trammell Crow Residential and led the local offices of Killian Pacific and Alliance Residential prior to his current Cairn Pacific-associated work. Noel holds graduate degrees from Stanford’s Business School and Portland State’s School of Urban Studies. His B.A. is from Williams College.

William Silva · Preconstruction Services Manager · Swinerton

William SilvaWilliam is a seasoned construction veteran who manages all aspects of design and preconstruction management for Swinerton Builders in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, William has 29 years of well-rounded experience throughout the West Coast markets having worked both in project development and self-perform heavy civil, concrete, and mass timber operations. William joined Swinerton in 2004 and returned to the Portland market in 2014. William is a passionate advocate for mass timber buildings with a knack for finding efficient and eloquent solutions to project challenges, having applied those skills to successfully deliver numerous projects.

Corey Martin · Principal · Hacker

Corey MartinPrincipal Corey Martin joined Hacker in 2011, and his design leadership has guided some of the firm’s most notable, award-winning projects incorporating wood, mass timber, and CLT. As an Oregon native, Corey is strongly influenced by the unique relationship between the natural and built environment of the Pacific Northwest, and he has received wide acclaim for creating modern buildings that display a particular sensitivity to the natural environment, daylight, spatial dynamism, and craft. His work has received numerous national and international awards for excellence in wood design and construction, including Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, and First Tech FCU.

Vicky Hastings · Managing Director · Maxwell PR + Engagement

Vicky HastingsVicky has decades of experience crafting marketing and communications strategies for iconic Pacific Northwest brands. Current clients include McMenamins, Dave’s Killer Bread, Travel Oregon, and the travel destination of Astoria. In her role as managing director of a brand communications firm, Vicky is adept at tailoring the message to the interests of the audience, whether that be media, clients, or prospects. Prior to Maxwell, Vicky worked for Portland and Seattle advertising and PR firms. She has a journalism degree from the University of Oregon. Her husband and two children are architects and she has spent many years following the building and construction industry.

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Lemon and berry fruit bars
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Being Bold, Being True: Why Big Tech, Big Apparel, and Big Conservation Are Embracing Mass Timber and How to Ensure Its Integrity as Mass Timber Goes Global

Oregon Ballrooms 203–204
General

Sponsored by TallWood Design Institute

This very special General Session roundtable discussion features esteemed guests from:

  • Google
  • Sidewalk Labs
  • adidas
  • The Nature Conservancy

Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, sit back and relax. Gather in the ballroom for a powerful discussion with some of the top minds and companies using mass timber to build a better world.

As wood is rediscovered as the building material of the future, more and more of the largest companies and organizations in the world are embracing new wood products like mass timber as the answer to building better, both more sustainably and cost-effectively. Join us in a powerful roundtable discussion as we hear from Google, Sidewalk Labs, adidas, and The Nature Conservancy about why they love wood buildings and how their own mass timber building projects testify their commitment to wood construction. At the same time, as global demand for this incredible building product soars, and more players enter the market, how do we make certain that Mass Timber stays true to its sustainable origins?

Moderator:
Peter Stark, Owner, North Slope Sustainable Wood; Adventure and Exploration Writer, Historian

Peter StarkPeter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian, with a long-time interest in forests and forest health. His company, North Slope Sustainable Wood, culls small-diameter larch trees from overcrowded forests and turn them into high-value wood products.

Stark’s articles and essays have appeared in Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many others. His book Astoria, is a New York Times bestseller. He recently published the book, Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father.


Michelle Kaufmann · Architect, Head of Google’s R+D for the Built Environment

Michelle KaufmannMichelle is an architect with a passion to make thoughtful, healthy buildings accessible to everyone. Michelle is Head of R+D for the Built Environment at Google. Michelle is also a co-founder of Flux Factory, a software start-up working on the future of architecture.

Michelle has been called “the Henry Ford of green homes” by the Sierra Club. She was named “Green Advocate of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders, was included in Business 2.0 magazine’s list of “100 People Who Matter Now”, and was listed as one of the “The Green 50” by INC magazine.

Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and her Masters from Princeton University. Prior to founding her own architecture studio, Michelle was an Associate with Frank O. Gehry.


Karim Khalifa · Director, Buildings Innovation · Sidewalk Labs

Karim KhalifaKarim is Director of Building Innovations for Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that reimagines cities to improve quality of life. At Sidewalk, Karim develops new approaches to building construction, design, and materials—from modular assembly to tall timber structures—with an aim to reduce costs and carbon emissions while increasing flexibility and sustainability.

Karim has spent his career in the design and construction world, most recently leading the global hotel innovation and design team at Marriott, where he launched the company’s first innovation lab/collaborative design space (The Underground). While at Marriott, he also led the LEED Volume Build program for hotels and launched Marriott’s global modular construction initiative.


David Remos · Director, Corporate Real Estate · adidas

David RemosDavid Remos has been in the Real Estate & Construction industry for 15+ years. David has managed projects in Arizona, California and Hawaii.

David currently manages the adidas Portland portfolio which is going through a large expansion at the North American headquarters in north Portland. The new buildings are utilizing CLT extensively on these projects.


Mark Wishnie · Director, Forestry & Wood Products · The Nature Conservancy

Mark WishnieMark Wishnie directs TNC’s Global Forestry & Wood Products team, where he manages a portfolio of initiatives aimed at delivering on the massive climate mitigation potential of forests and the forest economy. Mark joined TNC from the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, where he led portfolio management, research and analytics for the firm’s $3 billion global timberland portfolio. Prior to his work with BTGP, Mark co-founded and directed the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and served as Program Director of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute. Mark has also consulted to governments, universities, and Fortune 500 companies on forest finance, management and restoration. Mark holds a BS in Forest Management from the University of Washington and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University.

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