ReThink Wood

PODCAST: The First Timber High-Rise in the U.S.

Thomas Robinson, founder of LEVER Architecture, discusses the firm's Framework building, slated to be the first timber high-rise in the United States.

In this episode, ARCHITECT talks to Robinson about the challenges when construction innovation outpaces codes and the benefits of working in the firm's self-designed CLT office building, Albina Yard.

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PODCAST: The science behind Dowel-Laminated Timber


DLT Sample courtesy of StructureCraft Builders, photo: reThink Wood


Lucas Epp of StructureCraft Builders describes the science behind one of the newest mass timber products on the market, and how it could help change the face of timber construction.

Headlines touting the newest timber high-rises have been on the rise in the past decade, as there has been renewed interest in using wood structural systems for mid- and high-rise commercial construction across Europe, Canada, and the United States. This interest in the potential applications has grown, in part, because of innovation in the world of mass timber products, which have reduced weight and increased strength, making them a more viable alternative.

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PODCAST: Timber + Concrete Hybrid Structural Systems


Photo: Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill

Ongoing interest in high-rise timber applications and technology has led to a boom in innovative building method research, with the hope of turning design concepts into structural realities.

Benton Johnson, from the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, discusses the intricate and practical steps it will to take to make timber structures a reality.

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Free Webinar On Demand: Design Innovation Using Wood

This reThink Wood webinar explores innovative uses of wood in building design, focusing on mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT), and profile two unique projects that embody the aesthetic, environmental, and structural strengths of wood as a building material.


Presented by Tom S. Chung, Brian Court, and Joseph Mayo


Education credits will be awarded.



Now Available for Download: Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide

The Binational Softwood Lumber Council has released the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) U.S. Design and Construction Guide, a first-of-its-kind manual for the U.S. design and construction community. The NLT Guide was conceived and prepared by skilled practitioners who are each dedicated to advancing high-quality timber construction across industries, typologies and geographies. Available exclusively for free download at, the guide provides direction to ensure safe, predictable and economical use of NLT, and offers practical strategies and guidance, including lessons learned from real-life projects.

Unlike other mass timber products, Nail-Laminated Timber does not require a unique manufacturing facility and can be fabricated with local dimension lumber for use in applications across sectors and building types.



CAD Details
Access drawings and illustrations for wood-frame construction designed for high wind, seismic, and snow loads.
CAD/REVIT Construction Documents

Prepare construction documents faster by leveraging available details related to light-frame wood construction.

Heights And Areas Calculator
Ease building code analysis while maximizing your wood building project within the limits of the International Building Code (IBC).
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
The American Wood Council (AWC) has developed environmental product declarations (EPDs) for North American wood products, including softwood lumber and glue-laminated lumber (glulam).
Span Calculator
Performs calculations for all species and grades of commercially available softwood and hardwood lumber as found in the NDS 2005 Supplement.
Connection Calculator
Provides users with a web-based approach to calculating capacities for single bolts, nails, lag screws and wood screws per the 2005 NDS.
Carbon Calculator
Promote the carbon benefits of your wood building project.
Athena Impact Estimator
A software tool that is designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
Webinar: Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings


Date: August 17, 2017
Time: 1:55pm-3:30pm Eastern
Presenter: Jared S. Hensley with APA, The Engineered Wood Association


Get an overview of the Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO) shear wall design approach, recent research in this area, and a side-by-side comparison of design results between segmented, perforated, and FTAO design methods.

1.5 Hours of Instruction Awarded.


Webinar: Mass Timber Construction—Primer for Fire Resistance Rated Construction Presented by the American Wood Council

Photo courtesy: and KK Law

Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 1:55PM-3:00PM Eastern
12:55PM-2:00PM Central
11:55AM-1:00PM Mountain
10:55AM-12:00PM Pacific 

The PDF of the presentation will be posted 48 hours before the webinar and can be accessed here.


Education Credits Awarded.

WoodWorks' Mass Timber Webinar Series

WoodWorks is hosting a mass timber case studies and design webinar series. Two US projects will be discussed through a case study format and new research on mass timber and timber-hybrid products will be presented.

September 13th: Timber-Concrete Composite Floor SystemsBenton Johnson, PE, SE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


October 11thCode Compliant Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction


November 8thShaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures


December 13thExposed Wood in Fire-Resistive Applications