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

Building Tour Check-In & Registration

Outside Hall B
General

Sponsored by D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations and Oregon Forest Resources Institute

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

The tours board and depart at varying times and we will update this agenda as soon as we know more.

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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 and Oregon Forest Resources Institute

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

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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 and complimentary evening to network with mass timber experts from around the world.

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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 Housekeeping
Forest Business Network and WoodWorks


Welcome Message
Ted Wheeler, Mayor, City of Portland


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”.

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Whole fruit
  • Regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot tea
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10:30am – 12:00pm

Where Does the Wood Come From?

A Meeting Rooms A105–106
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)
Jeremy DeWitt · Associate, Building Enclosure Engineering · Katerra / Drew Kleman · Project Lead · Katerra

This presentation is a case study about the innovation of design, factory, and construction milestones during the project’s development. The Catalyst is the anchor building in a planned innovation hub. This dramatic five-story, 150,000-square-foot building will feature two wings around a light-filled collaborative atrium, and will host dry labs, offices, classrooms, and common study areas.

The Catalyst design team has emphasized sustainability as a core value. Catalyst will feature the sustainable use of cross laminated timber. The building will reduce its environmental footprint by focusing on materials and construction methods that reduce energy use and prolong the life of the building.


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.


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10:30am – 12:00pm

Tall Wood: Code Changes, Applications and Project Examples

C Meeting Rooms C123–124
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

Moderator:
Kristin Slavin · Associate · PATH Architecture


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

In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Based on these proposals, the 2021 IBC will include three new construction types—Type IV-A, IV-B and IV-C—allowing the use of mass timber or noncombustible materials. These new types are based on 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 take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include allowable heights and building areas for the three new construction types, methods of demonstrating fire-resistance ratings, allowances for exposed timber, exterior walls, concealed spaces and more.

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

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 4

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.


The Oregon Model: Encouraging and Growing the Mass Timber Supply Chain
Iain Macdonald · Director · TallWood Design Institute

Three short years ago Oregon became the hub of the United States’ brand-new mass timber industry. A few pioneering individuals saw the potential to simultaneously boost rural economic development in the timber-dependent state and reduce the carbon footprint of its built environment, using a toolkit of engineered wood products inspired by European innovations. With support from across the political spectrum, mass timber buildings are fast becoming a common sight in Portland and quickly taking hold across the state. This presentation will start by looking back at success factors that enabled Oregon to take an early lead in mass timber industry development, before focusing on the future and the state’s priorities for long-term growth.

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
  • Gobi aloo 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

Contractor Training

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

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


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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Acoustics & Seismic: Addressing Mass Timber Design Challenges

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

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.


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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Reinforcing the Manufacturing Supply Chain

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 4

Moderator:
Alan Czinger · General Director Russia · USNR


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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Assorted cookies
  • Regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot 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.

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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 Builders


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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Beyond Fire Testing: Advanced Fire Design Topics for Mass Timber

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

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

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 4

Moderator:
Noel Johnson · Principal · Cairn Pacific


Presentations announced soon

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5:00pm – 6:30pm

Happy Hour Reception

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Hexion and Swinerton Builders

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

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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 Housekeeping
Forest Business Network and WoodWorks


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.


Other keynote speakers announced soon

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Whole fruit
  • Regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot 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 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


Presentations announced soon

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Real World Cutting, Coating and Protecting Mass Timber Products

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

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

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 4

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 barbeque 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

Coordinating the Project: How to Build the Team and Communication

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Hilti North America

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


Presentations announced soon

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

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

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 3

Sponsored by Sansin

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.


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 multitenant 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.

A “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

How to Sell the Why 101

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 4

Moderator:
Noel Johnson · Principal · Cairn Pacific


Presentations announced soon

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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
  • Regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot tea
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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Fairy Tale or Fact? Ensuring the Integrity of the Mass Timber Story

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. Join us in the ballroom for a powerful discussion with some of the top minds and companies using mass timber to build a better world.


Mass timber has a great story to tell. By most accounts, it is a story with a happy ending for everyone. Forests grow healthy, sawmills thrive, builders profit, architects design beautiful structures that their owners love and that save them money, all while capturing carbon and moderating climate change. Who could argue with that?

But is this just a feel-good fable? How do its proponents make sure mass timber does all the good things they claim it does and no one is simply greenwashing these products? Case in point: If it turns out that a mass timber building boasting of its environmental benefits is, upon closer examination, actually built of wood fiber from poor forest practices, the mass timber movement will suffer tremendous, perhaps irreparable, damage to its integrity and reputation. The mass timber story is a great one. But how is it possible to ensure that, through misrepresentation or bad practices, the mass timber movement doesn’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

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.


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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