Behavior Analysts of West Michigan

Michigan Mass Timber Workshop

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
GVSU, Eberhard Center


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Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES HSW learning units.

Recent advancements in mass timber technology, coupled the desire for low carbon and renewable materials, have revitalized wood structural design.  The engaging aesthetic of wood coupled with the expected cost advantage for mass timber products is already bringing wood into cityscapes. This workshop brings together experts who have a diverse and deep knowledge of the development of the mass timber revolution in North America.  

Learn about:

  • Latest developments in Mass Timber
  • Sustainable wood, sustainable forests
  • Mid-rise mass timber buildings
  • Recent Code and Standard changes related to Mass Timber
  • Mass Timber and fire retarding wood treatments

Regular Attendee= $85

Student= $25




Archie lives in Racine, Wisconsin and is the North Central Regional Director for WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. He has been active in the wood and structural building component industry since 1970, and has extensive experience with structural lumber, engineered wood products and mass timber.

He is an active and participating member of the American Institute of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects, Construction Specification Institute, Forest Products Society, National Frame Building Association, Structural Building Component Association, Structural Engineers Association, Structural Insulated Panel Association and works closely with the Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mass Timber Construction:  Products, Performance, and Design (AIA #16LL03)

Course Description:  Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify mass timber products available in North America and consider how they can be used under current building codes and standards.
  2. Review completed mass timber projects that demonstrate a range of applications and system configurations.
  3. Discuss benefits of using mass timber products, including structural versatility, prefabrication, lighter carbon footprint, and reduced labor costs.
  4. Highlight possibilities for the expanded use and application of mass timber in larger and taller buildings.

Mid-Rise Design:  Optimizing Size, Maximizing Value (AIA #15LL10)

Course Description:  As cities seek increased density as a way to address urban population growth, many building designers and developers are looking to mid-rise wood construction as a cost-effective, code-compliant and sustainable solution. This presentation will cover some of the design considerations associated with mid-rise wood-frame buildings, including how to maximize height and area through the use of sprinklers, open frontage, sloping sites, podiums and mezzanines. Construction types will be reviewed, with an emphasis on opportunities for wood use in types III and V.

Learning Objectives:

  1. In the context of a shift toward increased urban density, discuss how mid-rise, wood-frame construction meets housing needs while contributing to vibrant and sustainable communities.
  2. Discuss allowable construction types, occupancies, and building heights and areas for wood-frame mid-rise construction per the 2012 International Building Code.
  3. Identify potential modifications to the IBC’s base tabular heights and areas based on building frontage, sprinklers, sloping sites, podiums and mezzanines.
  4. Describe changes to the heights and areas tables and building size calculations in the 2015 IBC.

KATIE FERNHOLZ - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                      

Kathryn is a forester by training with twenty years of experience and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. 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 a current member of the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation. Kathryn is also a member of the SFI External Review Panel; serves as a Technical Expert for the FSC-US Working Group charged with development of additional indicators for lands managed by the US Forest Service; and is a member of the Technical Committee for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. Kathryn has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources and also studied at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.

Forests and Forest Products (AIA #17SE08)

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as:  Where do our trees and forests grow?  How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests – now and in the past? How are forests managed – and are they being managed responsibly?  Are our forests and forest products sustainable?  Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?            ...

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the abundant ecological capacity of North America to support a wide distribution of forests and forest types.
  2. Understand how the symbiotic relationship between forests and the people of North America have evolved over the past centuries.
  3. Discuss how the use of a variety of forest products can economically support sustainable management of forest lands.
  4. Describe how to quantify environmental choices in the selection of materials through the use of LCA and carbon accounting."      


Jim Smith joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2014 as the Midwest Regional Manager who is a resource for code officials in the States of ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH and KY. He is also a member of the ICC Building Code Action Committee (BCAC). Prior to joining AWC, Smith was the Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Administrator for the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Before Waukesha he spent over 30 years with the State of Wisconsin’s Safety and Buildings Division, the last 16 of which were as the Program Manager responsible for their Commercial Building Code program.

Tall Wood Structures: Current Trends and Related Code and Standard Changes (#DES600)

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been in use worldwide for over 15 years, but most notably in Europe. Building with CLT has increased in popularity for many reasons including: just-in-time fabrication and job site delivery, speed and efficiency in construction, reduced job site noise and on-site labor force, substitution of high embodied materials with a renewable resource that sequesters carbon, and creating a living or work space that has the aesthetics of exposed wood.

The recent introduction of CLT in the 2015 National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®) and the 2015 International Building Code has opened up an exciting new chapter in wood construction. The use of CLT alone or in combination with other mass timber elements, such as glued laminated timber (GLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), or structural composite lumber (SCL), is becoming more common in buildings complying with the current code. There is also an effort underway by the International Code Council (ICC) to recognize the use of mass timber elements in taller, combustible construction through the work of the ICC Tall Wood Ad Hoc Committee. This presentation will provide an introduction to CLT including relevant design standards and code references. Examples of various mass timber buildings around the world will be provided and potential future code provisions relating to mass timber will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will:

  1. Be able to define cross-laminated timber
  2. Be aware of code and standard updates relevant to CLT and other mass timber elements
  3. Be aware of notable mass timber structures around the globe
  4. Learn about current tall wood building projects and resources


Mr. Crawford Dewar lll is the Manager of Engineering at Guardian Structures & Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction Inc. of St.Marys Ontario Canada. Since 1983, he has been directing the design, manufacturing processes, involving autoclave, vacuum infusion, pultrusion, filament winding continuous, etc, for applications involving advanced composite hybrid products for ballistic, implosion, explosion, semi-submersible, submersible, non-structural and structural. Producing CLT, Glulam since 1996 for FRP bridge applications, Guardian recently invested in new CLT equipment, CLT CNC, Glulam presses straight, curved up to 35m long. Crawford has been recognized by the Canadian and US Patent offices as an inventor with two issued patents and currently three patent pending applications involving Mass Timber hybrid process and products.

Canadian Wood Council

Wood Fiberglass Composite Bridges and Buildings (#G063)

 Wood is often discounted by engineers in comparison to concrete,  due to woods brittle failure acting as a one way plate, providing no composite action,  susceptible to condition loads on bridges and buildings such as water penetration, relaxation and creep.  It is compelling to consider wrapping wood with epoxy reinforced fiberglass that encapsulates the wood, resulting in a products at 590kg/m3 at 800 MPa, providing ductile failure,  two way plate action, full composite action, cantilevered sections of buildings, rigid slabs and double tees.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about wood design/fabrication with fiberglass to provide ductile failure as a two way plate
  2. Participants will learn about the durability of wood fiberglass composite for Mass Timber exposed to wet us
  3. Participants will understand the advantages and design options of  wood fiberglass composite compared to concrete or steel
  4. Participants will understand how wood fiberglass composites are a cost effective solution for bidder's price


Kris has more than 40 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 27 years focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations – including the International Code Council and the American Wood Protection Association – is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.

Preservative-Treated Wood: Use and Specification (#16NC02)

In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can help ensure a building’s durability. In this presentation, participants will learn about the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products and their differences, and how preserved wood is used in construction. Topics will include types of preservative treatments and the required levels of retention, as dictated by the end-use application, desired service life and exposure conditions. AWPA Use Category standards and ICC-ES Report Evaluations will be reviewed, and current issues concerning treated wood in non-residential and multi-family construction will be discussed. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app.       

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to specify pressure treated wood products using the American Wood Protection Association's Use Category System.
  2. Learn where pressure treated wood is required under the Building Code.
  3. Review Best Management Practices for treated wood in aquatic and other sensitive environments.
  4. Develop an understanding of the AWPA Use Specification Guide, aquatic applications, Best Management Practices and a list of sources for further information on pressure treated wood products.