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Webinar: A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction

A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction


Date: On Demand

 

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

 

A movement is growing to use heavy and mass timber as primary structural materials for medium-height and tall buildings, in large part because timber is renewable, stores carbon and is energy efficient. New structural wood products, including cross-laminated timber, are also fueling this movement.

 

This webinar will give developers, owners, architects, engineers and contractors tips on how to go about creating timber buildings taller than four or five stories.

 

Panelists:

David Barber, Principal | Fire - Arup

Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, Construction - Lendlease

Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal - Lever Architecture

 

Moderator:

Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large, Buildings - Engineering News-Record 

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the various types of heavy and mass-timber structural materials and systems used in the design of tall timber frames
  • Identify sustainability advantages and the general design challenges/opportunities of using heavy/mass timber as a structural system for a tall building
  • Determine a strategy for approvals and permitting of a tall timber building, including meeting the intent of the life safety codes through performance-based fire engineering
  • Evaluate approaches from a veteran builder to manage the construction of a building with a tall timber frame
  • Can't attend live? Register to view the webinar on-demand!

Register for this Webinar

Timber In The City - Home

Timber in the City

 

Timber in the City Competition

 

In July 2016, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the winner of the 2015-2016 Timber in the City Competition. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, the ACSA and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design.

 

The purpose of the Competition was to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering versatile construction options, with wood, and designing healthy living and working environments.

 

The competition challenged participants to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with a range of housing options, a NYC outpost of the Andy Warhol Museum and a new and expanded home for the historic Essex Street Market.

 

Check out the first place winner here or learn more about the competition here.

 

See all the winners of the 2015-2016 Timber in the CityCompetition here.

 

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How to Prevent and Reduce Fire Losses in Buildings Under Construction

The American Wood Council released three manuals and a website designed to inform developers, local building departments and fire departments on how to prevent and reduce fire losses in buildings under construction. The website can be found at: www.ConstructionFireSafetyPractices.com.

 

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman. The manuals are:

  • Basic Fire Precautions during Construction of Large Buildings — applies to the design and planning stages, as well as the actual construction of buildings.
  • Hot Work during Construction of Large Buildings — describes best management practices of hot work, which is likely to reduce the occurrence of large loss fires more than any other specific topic with buildings under construction.
  • Fire Department's Role in Prevention and Suppression of Fires during Construction of Large Buildings — outlines pre-fire planning for large building projects, and prepares tactics and strategy for a fire if it occurs.

The manuals are available for free download at: www.ConstrctionFireSafetyPractices.com

New UBC Student Residence to be Among World's Tallest Wood Buildings

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet). The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.

 

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Timber in the City - A Round Table Discussion

TIMBER IN THE CITY: What's Holding Timber Back? A Round Table Discussion

What’s Holding Timber Back?, a round table discussion at Parsons School of Constructed Environments, aims to advance the goal of complete acceptance of mass timber buildings in North America.

This roundtable will explore factors currently confronting timber architecture, factors having mainly to do with lack of familiarity with timber and its performance, challenging the positive environmental and social intentions and conceptual vision of the architecture.

The presentations and discussion will be among architects currently engaged with timber projects, in dialog with engineers, developers, and insurers contributing their expertise to such projects. 

Date: November 17th, 2016

Location: Parsons School of Design, The New School, NY
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, 63 Fifth Avenue, UL105

Schedule: The symposium will begin with presentations, followed by a round table discussion.

 

6:00-7:30 PM |  Speakers:

Susan Jones, Founding Principal at atelierjones, Seattle

Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal at LEVER Architecture, Portland 

Amir Shahrokhi, Project Director at SHoP Architects, NYC 

 

7:30-8:30 PM | Joining the Roundtable: 

Moderator: Alan Bruton, Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston

Tanya Luthi, Fast+Epp Engineers 

Jeff McLellan, BFL CANADA Insurance Services 

Jeff Spiritos, Spiritos Properties 

 

Live Stream: Can't make it to the event? Tune in on November 17th to live stream the symposium. 

Link will be posted here: www.acsa-arch.org/timberinthecity

Webinar: A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction

A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction


Date: On Demand

 

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

 

A movement is growing to use heavy and mass timber as primary structural materials for medium-height and tall buildings, in large part because timber is renewable, stores carbon and is energy efficient. New structural wood products, including cross-laminated timber, are also fueling this movement.

 

This webinar will give developers, owners, architects, engineers and contractors tips on how to go about creating timber buildings taller than four or five stories.

 

Panelists:

David Barber, Principal | Fire - Arup

Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, Construction - Lendlease

Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal - Lever Architecture

 

Moderator:

Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large, Buildings - Engineering News-Record 

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the various types of heavy and mass-timber structural materials and systems used in the design of tall timber frames
  • Identify sustainability advantages and the general design challenges/opportunities of using heavy/mass timber as a structural system for a tall building
  • Determine a strategy for approvals and permitting of a tall timber building, including meeting the intent of the life safety codes through performance-based fire engineering
  • Evaluate approaches from a veteran builder to manage the construction of a building with a tall timber frame
  • Can't attend live? Register to view the webinar on-demand!

Register for this Webinar

WEBINAR – The First Cross Laminated Timber School in the US: A Builder’s Perspective

Date: December 14 2016

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (Join at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern)

Cost: Free

The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross laminated timber. With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

Speaker:Charles Judd

A timber framer for more than 20 years, Charles has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina for the past 10 years. He also recently completed the CLT installation at the Franklin Elementary School project in Franklin West Virginia. He has participated in national and international timber-frame projects, teaches workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and is a member of the Timber Framers Guild.

Register here: http://www.woodworks.org/education-event/webinar-2016-dec-judd/ 

61st Annual Institute For Building Officials

On Thursday, January 17, 2017, Jim Smith will be presenting 2 AIA and ICC Approved Courses: MAT242—Cross Laminated Timber in the 2015 IBC and NDS ​ MAT252 Code Applications for Nail-Laminated Timber, Glued-Laminated Timber, and Cross-Laminated Timber

When: January 4-19, 2017

Presenter: James B. Smith, PE - Regional Field Manager, AWC

Contact: Maddie Grover, ccecon5@umn.edu, 612-624-3708
 
Where: Continuing Education Conference Center, University of Minnesota