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2014 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair

Date:
February 26 2014
Time:
8:00am-5:00pm
Venue:
Long Beach Convention Center
Cost:
Free
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Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Click here to download a full schedule with session details.

Please note: AIA/CES LUs are HSW unless indicated LU only after the course description.

ROOM 1

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Fire Safety of Tall Wood Buildings: A Research Review
Robert Gerard, MSc, PE, Arup

Recent architectural trends in sustainable urban densification have spurred a movement toward increasingly tall buildings made from mass timber products or a combination of wood and other materials. Many tall timber building concepts are motivated by their suggested advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable and low-carbon construction material. However, to ensure occupant safety and the protection of property, the next step is to fully assess the fire performance of these buildings. This presentation will discuss results of an initial study performed in coordination with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, as well as recommendations for future research and testing.
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Robert Gerard is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in California. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His thesis, Fire Resistance of Connections in Pre-Stressed Heavy Timber Structures, is focused on structural performance of timber buildings under fire conditions. Currently based in Arup’s San Francisco office, Robert was involved with fire safety research in timber buildings while on secondment at Arup in London.


MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Timber Tower Research Project by SOM
Benton Johnson, PE, SE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

This session will introduce the results of the Timber Tower Research Project, recently released by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The goal was to develop a viable structural system for tall buildings that uses mass timber as the main structural material and minimizes the embodied carbon footprint of the structure. The presentation will discuss key design and construction issues associated with tall mass timber buildings as well as SOM’s new hybrid structural solution. Benchmarked against the existing 42-story-tall concrete-framed DeWitt Chestnut Apartments in Chicago, the new prototype uses an efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint and embodied energy of the resulting structure by 60 to 75 percent.

An Associate and Project Engineer for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), Benton Johnson has worked on several large-scale projects around the globe as well as innovative research projects. He joined SOM in 2007 after completing his MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Since then, he has worked on projects such as the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Mr. Johnson’s work at SOM has also included competition and research work aimed at advancing building technology. This work has included the 600-meter-tall+ Wuhan Greenland and Fluidic Tower competitions as well as the recently completed Timber Tower Research Project.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Cost Effective, High Performance: Meeting the Challenges of Mixed-Use Podium Design
Scott Nyseth, PE, StoneWood Design

TFramed within the twin objectives of high performance and low cost, this presentation will focus on International Building Code (IBC) provisions and structural challenges associated with designing a podium structure. Opportunities to utilize advanced framing and cross laminated timber (CLT) will also be discussed.

Over the past 14 years, Scott Nyseth, PE, has been involved in the structural design of multi-story mixed-use, residential, commercial and industrial buildings, the rehabilitation of existing buildings, contractor design support during construction, post-earthquake investigation and evaluation of commercial and marine structures. A provider of legal consultation services as they relate to structures and building envelopes, he is also versed in smart design approaches for sustainability and net zero energy efficiencies. Scott has worked with a variety of innovative systems and techniques, including cross laminated timber and advanced framing.

ROOM 2

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Healthy Buildings: The Case for Visual Wood
David Fell, PhD, FPInnovations

Recent studies, along with evidence emerging from Europe and Asia, suggest that the use of wood indoors lowers stress reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system—which is associated with lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, lower psychological stress, lower susceptibility to illness and a better ability to focus attention. This is relevant both in the context of evidence-based design, which studies the effects of building design on occupants (among other things), and biophilic design, which considers the general affinity humans have for nature and addresses it through design elements and materials. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence and mechanisms through which wood can affect human health, and its increasing use in educational, office and other environments.

David is the Research Leader for Market Research at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked as a market researcher in the field of building products for close to 20 years. In recent years, he has focused on the visual applications of wood inside and outside buildings, which led to his most recent field of study, the health effects of wood and other natural materials in the built environment. David completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in wood science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from the University of Alberta.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Advanced Framing: Balancing Structure, Energy and Cost
Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, APA

As California marches towards net zero energy buildings, architects and engineers are seeking cost-effective options that maintain strength and durability of the structural system while meeting energy-efficiency and other sustainability goals. Advanced framing is a system of wood construction techniques designed to optimize material use and increase energy efficiency. The objective is to eliminate unnecessary lumber from the framing process, reducing construction costs and thermal bridging while increasing the amount of insulation that can potentially be used to improve thermal performance of the envelope.

Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, is an APA Engineered Wood Specialist serving the Southwest. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, Beebe graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Her duties include consulting with designers on the efficient specification of engineered wood products in construction. She is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and the US Green Building Council, and serves as Secretary for the San Diego Area Chapter of the International Code Council. Prior to joining APA, Beebe worked as a structural engineer and structural plan reviewer for the San Diego building department.


MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Modern Forestry: Growing Sustainable Bio-Materials
Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners Inc.

This presentation will address land management techniques associated with agriculture (organic and non-organic) and forestry, including natural forest management as well as plantation forestry. These systems are used to grow bio-based materials such as wood products, agricultural foods and fibers, and the raw materials for bio-energy. The presentation will compare and contrast common forestry and agricultural practices and include discussion of the diverse challenges and benefits associated with each system.

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Kathryn Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.

ROOM 3

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM (Part I) • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM (Part II)
Offset Diaphragms and Shear Walls
Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Lateral force resisting systems in today’s structures are more complex than they were several decades ago, incorporating multiple horizontal and vertical offsets in the diaphragms, multiple irregularities and fewer lateral resisting elements. This two-part presentation will provide a brief review of the method used to analyze these complex structures.

Part I (morning) – Topics will include code requirements, how to recognize diaphragm irregularities and discontinuities, how shears are distributed through complex diaphragms, the method of analysis used to solve the transfer of forces across areas of discontinuity, and the analysis of flexible wood sheathed or untopped steel decking diaphragms with horizontal offsets.

Part 2 (afternoon) – This session will cover how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that are typically created by these diaphragms.

Terry Malone is a licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon, conducted third-party structural plan reviews and served as a faculty member at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 35 years of wood design experience and has taken an active role as a presenter providing seminars at state and local International Code Council (ICC) chapters and professional engineering organizations. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill and the ICC. He is a member of the Structural Engineers’ Association of Arizona and the ICC. He is a member of the Structural Engineers’ Association of Arizona and the International Code Council.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Innovation in Wood Construction: A Comparison of Two Projects 
Jana Foit, AIBC, LEED AP, BD+C, Perkins+Will

Recent investigations and discussions focused on solid wood construction in Canada are resulting in the consideration of heavy timber as a viable structural material for many projects. Further, the benefits of wood are becoming increasingly relevant in the context of global warming and non-renewable resource depletion, and its use can have a large impact on a project’s carbon footprint through both carbon sequestration and avoided greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation will focus on the use of panelized wood in two innovative Perkins+Will projects, both located at the University of British Columbia: the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and the Earth Sciences Building (ESB).

Jana is a Senior Associate and Higher Education Practice Leader for the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. For three years, she led the design and was involved in the construction of the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Involved in this project since the beginning of schematic design, she has been a primary supporter of the wood solutions in the project and has gained a great deal of knowledge in the successful application of wood products from design through construction.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Energy-Efficient Facilities: Building Envelope Design Considerations
Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates

While new energy codes and green building programs are placing greater emphasis on energy efficiency, many “green buildings” are being criticized because their energy performance has failed to live up to expectations. This presentation will focus on cost-effective design recommendations for high-performance building enclosures. It will explore why many buildings fail to perform as expected, and provide recommendations on envelope detailing, insulation and air sealing techniques for various climates, and information to include in specifications.

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs. Steve is known for his cost-effective, practical approaches to building high performance structures and quality assurance. His mission is to help industry professionals build structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy and comfortable to live and work in.

ROOM 4

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining
Michael Malinowski, AIA, Applied Architecture, Inc.

This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don’t comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries and the resolution of interpretation differences. Project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the ‘public’ side of the counter in a project’s ultimate success.

As Principal of Applied Architecture Inc. in Sacramento, Michael F. Malinowski has been providing adaptive historic re-use, urban infill, affordable housing, single-family residential and commercial revitalization design solutions for more than three decades. He has been involved with the AIA in various capacities for 35 years, and currently serves on the national board. In 2012, Michael launched PermitStreamline.Com to support and promote the leadership role of architects in implementing streamlining measures appropriate to their local communities. He is currently working with a small team focused on the launch of the first Professional Architectural Program in California’s Central Valley, using a new educational paradigm that will integrate education, practice experience and licensure. In 2008, Michael was named one of the Sacramento Region’s “100 Most Influential Persons” by Sacramento Magazine.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Code Conforming Wood Design
Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, M. ASCE, American Wood Council

This presentation is based on a set of new publications summarizing allowable wood use in buildings in accordance with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC). Titled Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), the documents feature an overview of the design flexibilities permitted for wood in commercial construction and should not be considered a replacement for the building code. However, it should help engineers, architects and building officials better understand how wood can be used in a variety of applications. The CCWD series includes a comprehensive document summarizing wood use in the IBC. A series of eight smaller documents are specific to different use groups such as assembly, business and educational buildings. Participants can download a complimentary copy of the CCWD at: http://www.awc.org/codes/ccwdindex.html.

Michelle Kam-Biron joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2012 and currently serves as Director of Education. Before joining AWC, she was Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for WoodWorks. She has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects in various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Michelle has authored and contributed to numerous publications on the use of structural wood products and has presented across the U.S. on the topic. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering.  She is the current Treasurer and past Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and a volunteer on the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Board.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM • AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Energy Code Compliance: Wood-Frame Buildings and the IECC
Andrew Klein, PE

This presentation focuses on the challenges of meeting 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements in modern wood-frame buildings, as well as related design considerations. Topics will include the code’s scope, content and significant changes since the 2009 edition. Compliance path options will also be discussed in the context of specific building systems and features.

Andrew Klein is a consulting engineer who specializes in building and energy code compliance. He is involved in national-level committee work and building code development with the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

ROOM 5

MORNING SESSION 8:00 AM
Using Software to Design Multi-Story Wood Buildings
Debbie Penko, PE, RISA Technologies

See how engineering software can be used to design multi-story buildings featuring wood walls, wood diaphragms, glued laminated timber (glulam) and dimension lumber. Learn how wind and seismic loads are automatically generated and applied to the structure and how finite element analysis offers improved accuracy over conventional hand calculation methods. A special emphasis will be placed on the design of an entire building for both strength and serviceability requirements.

Deborah Penko, PE, joined RISA Technologies in 2007 and has been involved in technical support, marketing and sales, as well as testing and development of the new wood design features. Prior to RISA, she worked for Wexler and Associates in New York, designing commercial concrete high-rise buildings. She has also specialized in cold formed steel and trusses while working for a software company, and she has worked in the telecom industry designing and analyzing cellular towers.

MORNING SESSION 9:45 AM
Sustainable Designs: Western Red Cedar
Paul Mackie, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

This session will include information basic to lumber and forest products while focusing on the nature of western red cedar lumber products, their unique benefits and why they are appropriate for incorporation into any sustainable design. The presentation will also touch on information about western red cedar lumber grades, installation and finishing. Forest certification will be discussed, as will reasons why using western red cedar affords your clients the best environmental and sustainable products for their design requirements.

Paul Mackie is the Western District Manager for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. Known as “Mr. Cedar,” he is a fourth-generation lumberman and one of North America’s foremost authorities on western red cedar as a building material.

MORNING SESSION 11:00 AM
Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood and the International Building Code
Rich Geary, Hoover Treated Wood Products

This presentation takes an in-depth look at fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) focusing on: FRTW characteristics, properties and performance in a fire; preparation, treatment, inspection and labeling; fire tests, standards and building code requirements; how and where FRTW is used; and the impact of FRTW on construction and insurance costs.

Richard Geary is President of Richard W. Geary & Associates, Inc., a softwood lumber consulting firm in Southern California. He has extensive experience in softwood lumber and construction, having served with the Western Wood Products Association for more than 27 years. He holds credentials in all aspects of western lumber use, including production, sources, grades, specifications, engineering, wood technology, fire-retardant preservative treatments, construction, application, storage and marketing. Rich is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC, Orange Empire Chapter of the ICC, and Los Angeles Basin Chapter of the ICC where he serves on the Structural Code Committee. He also serves on the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Wildland-Urban Interface Committee.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:20 PM
Selecting & Specifying Veneers 
Richard Shelley, Architectural Woodwork Institute

This seminar focuses on five elements that are critical to the appropriate specification of hardwood veneer for a project. Attendees will learn how to match veneer styles to achieve a desired design and how to write clear, complete, correct specifications that incorporate fine wood veneer. (AIA/CES LU)

Richard Shelley’s interest and experience in the woodworking industry began in his teenage years through his high school cabinetry classes and the SkillsUSA program. His professional experience began 14 years ago when he began operating a small custom furniture shop. For the past eight years, he has worked for Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, where his responsibilities include processing veneer for major performing arts centers in Miami and Nashville, inspecting and purchasing lumber and veneer, project management, and managing safety and environmental sustainability. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the ARE Sustainability Council, and serves on the AWI Sustainability Resource Committee.

AFTERNOON SESSION 2:50 PM
Pre-Engineered & Factory-Built Whole Building Technologies
Ronald F. “Rawn” Nelson, SE, Hermosa Beach, CA

Buildings are constructed from a vast array of structural framing components that ultimately affect the performance and quality of the structure. Traditionally built on site, structural framing increasingly encompasses factory-built components developed through the use of Whole Building Technologies (WBT) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). This process takes advantage of advanced computer programs that allow manufacturers to accurately design and optimize gravity and lateral load cases. This presentation will focus on factory-built structural components and their contribution to cost-effective, efficient structural systems.

Principal with R.F. Nelson Structural Engineers, Ronald “Rawn” Nelson is a registered Civil/Structural Engineer in the states of California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Nelson received his degree in Architectural Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, in 1967. He has over forty years of experience in the structural design, analysis and evaluation of single- and multi-family residential, office and industrial buildings, public and institutional facilities, shopping centers, parking garages and many other building types. He has been involved in local, state, national and international professional structural engineering organizations for over thirty years, as president, board member, committee chair and member.

AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 PM
Meeting Fire Codes with OSB
Bob Palardy, LP Building Products

This presentation will provide an overview of fire-rated cementitious coated oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing for wall and roof sheathing applications. Topics will include its structural and performance properties and contribution to enhancing the sustainable built environment.

Bob Palardy is Manager of Corporate Quality and Technology at LP Building Products in Nashville, TN, where he is a part of developing new and innovative products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of structural wood composite panel products, code compliance, and fire resistance. Before joining LP in 2003, Mr. Palardy held positions at Michigan Technological University and J.M. Huber Corporation.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for a maximum of six credits (one per attended seminar).   Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.   Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.
Please note: AIA/CES LUs are HSW unless indicated LU only after the course description under the Program tab.

Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-436-3636

Parking is $10 per car per entry to any of the Center’s lots.

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For information about sponsoring or exhibiting this or any Wood Solutions Fair, please contact elizabeth@woodworks.org

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