Agenda

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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

Event Update

CALL FOR SPEAKERS
October 24 Update: Our Call for Speakers submission deadline has passed, but we continue to accept submissions until all speaker slots are filled. Our committee is currently reviewing abstracts and we expect to send out some approval notifications soon. Submit Now

Schedule

Conference Schedule

Monday, March 23, 2020

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Exhibitor Set Up

Exhibit Hall B
General

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

6:00am – 8:00am

Check-In for Building Tours

Outside Hall B
General

Voodoo donuts and coffee/tea served to tour participants before the buses depart, courtesy of Henkel

Learn more about the tours.

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

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7:00am – 5:00pm

Mass Timber Building Tours (Optional)

Portland, Western Oregon, Washington
General

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

  • Tour #1: Portland Buildings · Sponsored by D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations
  • Tour #2: Mass Timber Technical Academy · Sponsored by Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Tour #3: Mass Timber Equipment Mftg and Buildings · Sponsored by USNR

Learn more about the tours

NOTE: All tour attendees must ride on the provided buses—no riding to and from tour stops in separate vehicles is allowed. All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. Attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

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8:00am – 4:30pm

Exhibitor Set Up

Exhibit Hall B
General

Coffee and donuts served to exhibitors, courtesy of Henkel

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5:30pm – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Kallesoe Machinery and Katerra

Take advantage of this powerful evening to network with mass timber experts from around the world before the hustle and bustle of the main event.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

6:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast

Exhibit Hall A
General

Sponsored by Rubner Holzbau

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 201–203
General

Kickoff and Committee Welcome
Arnie Didier · COO · Forest Business Network


Keynote Presenters Announced Fall 2019


Housekeeping
Tom Waddell · VP Marketing & Sales · Forest Business Network

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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10:30am – 12:00pm

Track Title TBD

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Track Title TBD

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Fire Safety in Mass Timber: Code Updates, Testing and Advanced Analysis Methods

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
David Barber, Principal | Fire, ARUP


Mass Timber and Fire: Code Applications, Fire Ratings and Construction Type Impacts

— Ricky McLain, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council

Designing mass timber buildings for fire resistance and life safety involves a number of design considerations. Fire-resistance ratings, allowable use of exposed timber, minimum timber sizes, flame spread index and smoke developed index are all design criteria. Additional topics such as fire protection of connections and penetrations through rated mass timber assemblies also need to be included in the overall fire-design program. The 2021 IBC also includes new requirements for fire protection and resistance of mass timber in taller structures, and the choice of construction type has a significant impact on many of the above considerations. This presentation will provide an update on how all of these factors play into the fire design of mass timber structures, from low-rise to tall, and how to optimize designs and design methods (calculation-based vs. testing-based) with the dual goals of cost efficiency and code compliance.

Ricky McLainRicky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.


Fire Performance of Timber-Concrete-Composite Floors

— Erica C. Fischer, PhD, PE, Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, Oregon State University

Mass timber buildings often use concrete or gypsum floor toppings for acoustic, vibration, and fire performance, and engineers have developed methods to use the concrete and timber composites to increase the strength and stiffness of the floors and diaphragms. However, there is limited data on the fire performance of these floor systems, or on the slip modulus of the shear connectors used to develop composite action between the mass timber and concrete. The presenter of this session is implementing a testing program to understand the fundamental behavior of timber-concrete-composite floors in order to develop design criteria. The program, which includes CLT and NLT systems in use across the U.S., consists of: (1) large-scale furnace testing of timber-concrete composite floors, and (2) direct shear tests to quantify the behavior of the composite connectors. This presentation will summarize these experiments, their results, and a design procedure using the data.

Erica FischerDr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. This includes performance-based design approaches of structural systems to decrease the environmental impact of the built environment on the natural environment. Dr. Fischer’s focus is on steel and composite systems and connections. These research interests are implemented through both large-scale experimental testing and numerical modeling approaches. Dr. Fischer is a member of a number of committees including the ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Committee and ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee. She has been a member of a number of post-earthquake reconnaissance team missions including Haiti (2010), Napa (2014), and Italy (2016), and after the 2018 Camp Fire.


Performance-Based Fire Engineering for Mass Timber

— Matthew Smith, P.Eng., Senior Engineer – Fire & Structural, Entuitive

One of the biggest misconceptions about timber buildings is that they do not perform well in fire. Although mass timber elements can be encapsulated in drywall or a similar material to achieve the required fire-resistance rating, most designers and owners prefer to leave the timber elements exposed. Due to their inherent size, mass timber elements can in many cases be engineered to achieve the required fire resistance by using the initial charred region to provide insulation to the timber beneath. While building codes generally recognize at least two prescriptive means of demonstrating fire resistance of exposed mass timber elements (char calculations and fire-tested assemblies), a third option not often considered in the US is performance-based fire engineering. This presentation will explore the design aspects of this approach and how it can be implemented on mass timber projects.

A fire and structural engineer at Entuitive in Toronto, Canada, Matthew leads Entuitive’s fire engineering group providing a range of fire safety services from code consulting to performance-based fire engineering. He received his Master’s in Applied Science from Carleton University in Fire Safety Engineering and his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Toronto with a focus on structural resilience. He has provided fire engineering services on a range of complex projects in Canada and the United States, including applying performance-based approaches to innovative systems such as volumetric modular buildings and mass timber. He is currently a member of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, the CSCE Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures Committee, and the working group for Annex K, Structural Design for Fire Conditions, in CSA S16.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Dispelling Myths and Misperceptions About Mass Timber

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures

Moderator:
Stephen J. Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP, Design Leader | Principal, DLR Group


You’re Doing it Wrong: How to Get the Mainstream Excited About Mass Timber

— Tim Gokhman, Managing Director, New Land Enterprises

This presentation will explore how the developer of Ascent, a 23-story mass timber project proposed for Milwaukee, is inspiring mainstream interest in tall wood buildings—and how others can do the same. Its premise is that mass timber has the potential to become the Tesla of the construction industry. Like Tesla, mass timber offers benefits in terms of aesthetics, performance, economics and sustainability. And like the Tesla, mass timber has the opportunity for mass appeal because of attributes that include but are not limited to its carbon footprint. With an emphasis on innovation, safety, biophilic design and economics, this presentation will show how Ascent has inspired conversations—through media articles, among legislators, and internationally—that are helping to bring mass timber to the mainstream, as well as tips on how to properly manage conversations about mass timber.

Tim GokhmanAs Managing Director, Tim Gokhman oversees development, acquisition and management for New Land Enterprises, a pioneering boutique development firm specializing in mixed-use residential and commercial real estate. Founded in 1993, New Land has developed ~$500M of real estate across 26 projects. A vertically-integrated company, it currently owns and manages over 1,500 apartments and 200,000 square feet of commercial space. New Land has a long history of firsts, whether it be a new material or technology, design, or neighborhood. It was the first to use light-gauge steel for residential high-rise construction, developed Milwaukee’s first micro-unit apartment building and its first food hall, and helped create Black Cat Alley, a defunct city alley turned public art space. With these experiences, Tim has focused the company on experiential design. This, in turn, led to a deep interest in mass timber, which the firm believes is the construction material of the future.


A Developer’s Guide to North American Mass Timber Projects

— Eloïse Allsop, Senior Structural Engineer, Fast + Epp

While mass timber is becoming increasingly popular, there is still some reticence within the North American development community to adopt this form of construction. This presentation will use case study examples to address myths that may be stopping developers from considering mass timber as a viable option. Delivered by a structural engineer with considerable experience, it will guide attendees through the process of taking a mass timber project to fruition—from procurement to early decisions that are key to its ultimate success. Discussion will include lessons learned from the example projects and factors that inspired their developers to pursue wood. The goal of this session is to give attendees the knowledge they require to initiate their own mass timber projects.

Eloise AllsopEloïse Allsop is a Senior Structural Engineer at Fast + Epp in Seattle. With over 10 years’ experience in engineering, she has managed structural projects ranging from small, moving art installations to large metro stations with teams spanning multiple offices and geographies. More recently, Eloïse has worked on numerous mass timber buildings in the United States. She is a Chartered Structural Engineer in the United Kingdom and has a postgraduate certificate in BIM technical management.


Lost in the Woods: Things No One Tells You about Mass Timber

— Samir Mokashi, Principal & Code Analyst, Code Unlimited LLC

Many jurisdictions, building owners and architects are starting on the path to mass timber without full knowledge of the material limitations or prescriptive requirements of the new code regulations. This can result in steep lessons at several phases in the journey. With an emphasis on case study projects, this presentation will cover practical applications of the code, the need to create a collaborative team that includes the Authority Having Jurisdiction, and why early identification of alternate provisions or engineering judgments can make the difference between maintaining momentum and a stagnant phase of construction. Intended to help attendees get the most from these pioneering materials, discussion will include changes to the 2021 IBC, aesthetic options, seismic considerations, fire ratings, concealed space restrictions, penetration seals, constructability considerations, and design coordination.

Samir MokashiWith over 30 years of regulatory experience, Samir has successfully led design teams through highly demanding programs, complex designs, challenging budgets, fast track schedules, and rigorous requirements. The advantage of having worked throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East is evident in the projects, large and small, that Samir leads or consults on. He has been involved in code development at local and national levels, and authored several code alternates and variances that resolved multi-disciplinary issues, simply and effectively. He has a unique ability to deliver simple and elegant solutions to problems that stump others. The depth of his knowledge and strong communication skills have earned him wide respect from city and state officials, as well as designers, developers and architects. He is a sought-after speaker, accredited educator, and a highly valued mentor to young professionals. In addition, Samir’s firm was a sponsor for the Oregon early adoption of mass timber into the code.

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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 Italian buffet with:

  • Salad of artichoke hearts, feta cheese, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red and yellow bell peppers, pine nuts, curly endive, bibb lettuce, torn greens and xeres vinaigrette
  • Orzo salad, roasted vegetables, balsamic onions, Briar Rose Creamery goat cheese
  • Ricotta cheese tortellini, parmesan fondue, pine nuts
  • Chicken saltimbocca, prosciutto, sage, pan juices
  • Garlic breadsticks
  • Tiramisu, cannoli
  • 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

Track Title TBD

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Track Title TBD

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Going Tall with Timber: Project Examples & Design Solutions

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Ricky McLain, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council


Market Square: Nine Stories of Type IV-B Mass Timber in Cleveland

— Carl Baldassarra, Principal/Manager – Fire Protection, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Market Square in Cleveland, Ohio, is on track to be one of the first tall mass timber buildings constructed using the new Type IV-B construction criteria, recently approved for the 2021 IBC. In addition to leveraging the allowances of this future code to construct nine stories of mass timber, which hasn’t been prescriptively allowed in previous versions, the project will expose significantly more of the mass timber than the 20% ceiling limits permitted for Type IV-B construction. This presentation by the fire and life safety consultant will explore the project and processes involved in approaching the building department for approval, including the development of a comprehensive fire protection and code-compliance program, enhanced safety features, and additional information presented by the team to gain design conceptual approval from the City of Cleveland Department of Buildings.

Carl BaldassarraCarl Baldassarra is a nationally-known expert in fire protection engineering, including fire/life safety analysis, egress design, fire protection system design and analysis, code consultation, loss investigations, and related services for a wide range of facilities and systems. He was a member of the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings that developed the language that will be incorporated into the 2021 edition of the IBC. His experience has also involved loss prevention surveys, on-site construction period services, litigation support, and expert testimony in virtually all types of building occupancies.


Tall Mass Timber in the Pacific Northwest: Addressing Seismic and Other Structural Challenges

— Shirley Chalupa, Principal, DCI Engineers

Type IV-C construction, introduced in the 2021 IBC, will allow exposed mass timber structures up to eight stories and 85 feet for residential occupancies. This is seen by some as a “sweet spot” for tall wood buildings as it leverages mass timber’s inherent beauty with its ability to function as exposed structure and finish, while providing the required 2-hour fire-resistance ratings and staying under the 75-foot high-rise threshold. However, exposed, mass timber projects of this scale come with a unique set of structural challenges, especially in high-seismic regions of the country. This presentation by a structural engineer who is working on several of these projects, will explore unique challenges and solutions including structural grid layout and coordination with unit demising walls, connections and associated fire resistance, seismic design of diaphragms and vertical lateral force-resisting systems, consideration of manufacturer capability in panel layout and member sizes, and more.

Shirley’s professional experience on both the west and east coasts makes her a truly valuable resource for the DCI team. With over a dozen years of experience, her project portfolio ranges from high-profile multi-story cultural and governmental projects, to higher education and commercial seismic retrofits. Shirley’s knowledge and expertise, combined with her exceptional skills as a project manager, make her an asset to any design team.


Ascent Milwaukee: Designing the Tallest Mass Timber Building in the United States

— Jason Korb, Principal Architect, Korb + Associates Architects

Ascent Milwaukee is one of the most ambitious mass timber high-rise projects in the U.S. so far—a proposed 23-story, 231-unit mixed-use complex that, while receiving positive indications from the city, continues to wind its way through the approval process. In this presentation, the project architect will provide a first-hand review of the design, which includes a mass timber/concrete hybrid superstructure over a multi-level concrete garage. He’ll discuss the project’s impetus, history, and design process, while offering a candid look at the technical challenges, enhancements for occupant safety, and the design team’s interaction with authorities having jurisdiction.

Jason Korb is the founder and Principal Architect of Korb + Associates Architects. Jason has a 20-year history of designing mixed-use and institutional structures in Wisconsin and around the midwestern United States. He is particularly interested in the power of architecture to help positively affect the lives of those in need. Jason received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before founding his practice, he worked at Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, and Workshop Architects.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Track Title TBD

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Assorted cookies
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Track Title TBD

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Preconstruction and Installation: Understanding Cost & Schedule Impacts

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin

Moderator:
Ralph Austin, President, Seagate Mass Timber


Seeing the Details and the Big Picture: Constructing the University of Arkansas’ Adohi Hall

— Rob Dodd, Exec. VP of Operations, Nabholz Construction

At over 202,000 square feet, Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas is the first large-scale mass timber residence hall project in the U.S. Framed with CLT floor and roof panels and glulam columns and beams, the project creates a vibrant new destination on campus, with retail dining, classrooms, maker spaces, performance spaces, communal spaces, administrative offices, and faculty housing, along with a mix of semi-suites and pods that provide 708 beds. The construction manager for this project, who also self-performed the timber install, will discuss unique challenges and solutions associated with the use of timber in this project. Topics will include European timber sourcing, on-site logistics for areas such as timber-to-concrete interfaces at cores, scheduling, cost estimating, budget tracking, and more.

Rob DoddAs Executive Vice President of Operations for Nabholz Construction, Rob recently led the 708-bed University of Arkansas Adohi Hall project, which includes mass timber as the primary structural system. In planning this project, Rob was instrumental in developing a public procurement model for the superstructure, part of which involved developing a self-performance crew to erect the structure. While Rob’s innovative approach to planning led to the successful implementation of mass timber on this project, he has also been helping other contractors develop plans for mass timber projects nationwide. Before joining Nabholz in 2007, Rob spent 21 years in the structural engineering and architecture fields.


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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Engineering the Hard Stuff: Floor Vibration, Connections and Lateral Design in Mass Timber

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Tanya Luthi, PE, Vice President – Structures, Entuitive


The New U.S. Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide

— Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council

A U.S. Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide has been developed as a synthesis of available information for use by designers considering response of occupied floors to excitation by human walking. This presentation will provide an overview of applicable vibration design methods, modeling recommendations, three design examples, and guidelines for developing finite element models specific to floor vibration analysis of mass timber floors.

Scott BrenemanDr. Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California, a PE in the State of Washington, and Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber in the Project Resources & Solutions Division of WoodWorks. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. Scott has experience with structural design, seismic rehabilitation, and peer review of projects varying from single-family homes to high-rise hospitals. He is Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an associate member of the seismic subcommittee of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and a member of the PRG 320 CLT product standard committee. At WoodWorks, he provides project support and education to individuals designing wood buildings and oversees the development of technical educational content.


Connections in a Timber Structure: The Options and Impacts are Bigger than You Think

— Chris Kendall, Principal, KL&A Engineers and Builders

Of all the variables in mass timber building design, connections seem to be one of the areas that significantly change from one project to another. Whether it is a beam-to-column connection detail, type of fastener used, or system of matching mass timber to other materials such as a concrete core, connections in mass timber structures can play a big role in overall project cost, speed of construction, and aesthetics. This presentation will focus on the variety of connection options for areas such as column-to-foundation, column-through-floor, beam-to-column, and panel-to-beam, and discuss a number of “beyond code” approaches such as epoxy rods and large member notches. Structural design impacts will be woven into the discussion, as will the impact of connection type on fire performance, aesthetics, cost, load transfer and fabrication tolerances.

Chris Kendall has over 15 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer and is a Principal at KL&A Engineers and Builders. He has experience in the design of multiple building types using mass timber as well as most conventional materials. Known by his clients for creativity and respect for architecture, Chris is the Structural Engineer of Record on several mass timber buildings in Colorado, including (among others): Platte Fifteen, a large mass timber office building in Denver; The Loading Dock, a two-story mass timber office building in Boulder; and 5505 Central, a three-story steel and mass timber hybrid office building in Boulder. A Colorado native, he has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Colorado State University.


More presentations announced soon.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Track Title TBD

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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5:00pm – 6:30pm

Happy Hour Reception

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Hexion and Swinerton Mass Timber

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

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

6:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast

Exhibit Hall A
General

Sponsored by Rubner Holzbau

The breakfast menu includes:

  • Vegetable frittata
  • Country fried red 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 201–203
General

Kickoff and Committee Welcome
Arnie Didier · COO · Forest Business Network


Keynote Presenters Announced Fall 2019


Housekeeping
Tom Waddell · VP Marketing & Sales · Forest Business Network

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9:45am – 10:30am

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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10:30am – 12:00pm

Track Title TBD

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber

Moderator:
To be determined


Presentations announced Fall 2019

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10:30am – 12:00pm

So You Need Insurance for a Mass Timber Building: Now What?

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin

Moderator:
Jeff McLellan, Western Region Practice Leader, BFL Canada


Understanding the Insurance Aspects of Mass Timber

— Susan Brodahl, Senior Vice President, Heffernan Insurance Brokers

This presentation will take an interactive and entertaining look at the insurance industry, with an emphasis on how it works, and how to navigate coverage for mass timber projects. Insurance in general can seem like a mystery—what determines premium fluctuations, impacts of a strong vs. weak economy, and the varying roles of brokers, agents, and underwriters. This session will explain all of those aspects, focusing on the unique elements of mass timber and factors that need to be considered when looking to insure these types of projects.

Susan is a Senior Vice President and owner of Heffernan Insurance Brokers. She began her insurance career working for Saif Corporation in 1989 while finishing her economics degree at Willamette University. At Heffernan, Susan works with clients in the energy, technology and construction sectors. She believes in a client-centric approach to risk management, which includes but is not limited to traditional insurance policies. Known for creativity and innovation, Heffernan recently insured the first mass timber condominium building, Carbon12. Susan is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.


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10:30am – 12:00pm

Broadening the Mass Timber Umbrella: Leveraging Strengths of Different Materials in Hybrid Systems

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Karen Gesa, PE, Technical Director, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council


Pairing Mass Timber Floors with Light-Frame Wood Prefabricated Wall Systems: Tales of Challenges and Successes

— Mike Bradley, President, Beacon Builders

Due to differences, often significant differences, in the raw material costs of mass timber and light wood-frame construction, some project teams have had difficulty cost-effectively implementing mass timber in low- to mid-rise (one- to five-story) multi-family buildings. However, a few projects have utilized what is seemingly the best of both worlds—mass timber floor systems that provide inherent beauty, fire resistance and thin floor structures, paired with light wood-frame bearing walls that can be utilized to run MEP services while meeting code requirements for acoustics and fire resistance when clad with materials such as gypsum. Successfully utilizing a hybrid of wood-frame and mass timber systems requires an acute understanding of their differences, from fabrication tolerances to installation techniques, connection details, and more. This presentation by a contractor who has successfully completed several of these buildings will explore lessons learned, preconstruction coordination requirements, and types of projects that may be suitable for a hybrid approach.

Beacon BuildersBeacon Builders has completed the first two CLT buildings in Spokane County—an 8,000-sf CrossFit gym/warehouse and a 32,000-sf apartment complex. The company also used CLT to build a high-end luxury vacation home on the banks of the Pend Oreille River. Over the course of these projects, the team learned many hard lessons and developed a system to streamline the design, permitting, procurement, and construction of CLT projects.


Advancing Timber Design and Construction with Hybrid Structures

— Leif Johnson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Modern timber buildings typically include a combination of wood and other materials, with steel and concrete utilized where structurally efficient. A building that is primarily mass timber is more beneficial to the advancement of timber design and construction than a fully timber building that never gets built because cost premiums are too high for components better realized with steel or concrete. In this presentation, a long-span timber-steel hybrid truss structure for The Barn will be featured along with other hybrid structures to illustrate this point, showcasing the possibilities and benefits of timber construction, while using a variety of materials where they’re most efficient.

Leif JohnsonLeif Johnson is a Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an award-winning structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He recently completed T3 Minneapolis, a seven-story, 260,000-sf mass timber office building, and continues to provide quality control review for T3 projects across the country. His portfolio also includes the Lincoln Park Zoo south pond addition in Chicago, Illinois, and LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, both winners of national wood design awards. Leif is the leader of MKA’s in-house Wood Technical Specialist Team, a group devoted to the research and development of methodologies for utilizing the most effective, innovative wood products and connections available to better realize clients’ visions while also promoting materials that require less carbon to construct. He was honored as one of Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 40 Under 40 winners in 2018.


The Wade Avenue Experiment: A Hybrid Tall Wood of Timber, Concrete and Steel

— Jonathan King, OAA, LEED AP, Principal, bnkc architecture + urban design

With eight stories of mass timber, 77 Wade Avenue is set to change the landscape of Toronto’s Junction neighborhood, offering a purpose-designed and built office and collaborative environment, while transforming an under-used parcel of land into a tech-oriented hub with sustainable design at its core. Unlike 20th century post and beam buildings, 77 Wade optimizes the use of a mass timber/hybrid structural system by way of prefabricated components, just-in-time delivery and construction best practices to achieve spans of traditional concrete and steel buildings. This presentation will provide a summary of the project, which will showcase the inherent warmth of wood with a composite NLT, concrete and steel assembly. The summary will place the project in the context of past/present examples of mass timber and tall wood buildings, review its development, describe its unique approach and design strategy, and outline solutions related to approvals, logistics, and technical challenges. 77 Wade Avenue will be the first commercial project in Canada to be completed at this scale.

Jonathon KingJonathan King takes a broad and holistic approach to the practice of architecture and urban design. A Principal at bnkc architects, his skill set complements and enhances the firm’s 50-year practice. Clients in the institutional and multi-residential sectors value his ability to collaborate and integrate their needs to realize effective design solutions. He has excelled at integrating design, management, and delivery for such projects such as the Pan Am Athletes’ Village and Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the University of Alberta, the Hudson Condominium, and 77 Wade Avenue, Canada’s largest tall wood commercial building. Jonathan is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, sitting on several Committees, and often speaks at trade, education and real estate conferences on the topics of mass timber, and purpose-built rental housing.

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10:30am – 12:00pm

Track Title TBD

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures

Moderator:
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12:00pm – 1:15pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Appreciation

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Rothoblaas

The lunch menu includes an awesome sandwich spread of:

  • Smoked turkey breast, honey glazed ham, roast beef, Tillamook cheddar, swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, red onion, kosher pickle spears, pepperoncini, and traditional condiments
  • Penne pasta salad, potato salad
  • Sliced bread: sourdough, nine-grain, and white
  • Fresh baked cookies and brownies
  • 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

Track Title TBD

A Meeting Rooms 105–106
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber

Moderator:
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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Track Title TBD

B Meeting Rooms 113–114
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Building a Successful Mass Timber Project Team: Roles, Responsibilities and Putting the Pieces Together

B Meeting Rooms 115–116
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America

Moderator:
Heather Strong, PE, Senior Director, Western Division, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council


The Digital Twin Approach: Building Models and Data Transfer from Design to Execution for Mass Timber Buildings

— Ryan Yee, Strategic Partnerships Manager, CadMakers

This presentation will provide an in-depth review of the design for manufacturing and assembly approach to mass timber construction and the role of integrated building models (digital twins) in successful projects. As many teams have found, design and construction can be optimized by utilizing generative rules-based engineering design to automate the creation of fabrication models with embedded manufacturing requirements and specifications. This session will cover the digital twin process, including the use of 3D fabrication models and 4D process simulations, and discuss key items such as communication via building model, the role of the model on-site during construction, and the transfer of digital data to sub-trades for effective coordination and mass timber installation.

Ryan YeeRyan Yee is Strategic Partnerships Manager and an Automation Engineer at CadMakers. Currently he is responsible for developing new and emerging markets beginning with CadMakers’ office expansion in Tokyo, Japan. CadMakers is a construction and manufacturing technology company that has been involved in 25 mass timber projects to date, including Brock Commons Tallwood House, and has developed DFMA workflows for the construction and mass timber industry. Ryan was CadMakers’ MEPF lead managing the integrated 3D and 4D model on the Brock Commons project and is passionate about connecting the digital thread of early stage design through to fabrication and on-site construction. In addition to construction projects, he helped Tesla implement an advanced manufacturing and factory planning work flow as part of the Tesla Model 3 Launch team.


Whose Job is it Anyway? Defining Design Team Roles for Mass Timber Projects

— Amie Sullivan, Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers

When delineating design roles for a mass timber project, the traditional silos of architect and engineer aren’t always so clearly defined. Since structure is often also finish, a higher level of coordination between all members of the design team is necessary, as is clear communication on who is specifying what. Add to that the complexity that can come in the form of specialized engineering roles, from Structural Engineer of Record to Specialty Timber Engineer, Timber Connections Engineer, Manufacturer’s Engineer, Foundation Engineer, and more, and the importance of scope definition becomes evident. This session will examine the topic of setting up a mass timber project for success by establishing roles and responsibilities, and sticking to them throughout the design and construction process. Examples of when using specialty engineers may or may not be an efficient approach will also be discussed.

Amie is a Principal with KPFF Consulting Engineers, bringing 20 years of structural engineering experience to the role. With projects ranging from office buildings and corporate headquarters to destination resorts and custom homes, her portfolio includes elegant structures that feature exposed wood framing and blended structural systems. Among the examples, her work on the Federal Center South Building 1202, with ZGF Architects, resulted in an extensive use of reclaimed, composite heavy timber framing, and the Brelsford Visitor Center at Washington State University features the first commercial use of CLT in Washington State. Both projects received NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering awards.


Mass Timber Construction Planning: Collaboration between the Contractor, Design Team & Manufacturer

— Ankit Sanghvi, DBIA, LEED-AP, PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Among the many benefits of mass timber is the speed of construction and simplified erection process. However, schedule savings and associated cost reductions are often overlooked when developing cost comparisons between mass timber and alternate structural systems, resulting in the unfair market perception that mass timber structures are only available at a premium. Removing this bias requires shifting the mindset of project teams, extensive collaboration between the contractor and design team, and developing confidence in the inherent efficiencies of mass timber construction. Presented by a general contractor with extensive mass timber experience, this presentation will discuss the critical importance of pre-planning, why the erection sequence should influence construction details, unique considerations for early trade coordination, opportunities to maximize pre-fabrication, and how these approaches can translate to schedule and cost savings.

Ankit is a Preconstruction Manager with PCL Construction’s Denver office where he is responsible for leading pursuits, preconstruction, and design management efforts for projects within the higher education, office, commercial mixed-use, resort/hospitality, and institutional market sectors. Ankit has worked on multiple mass timber projects, helps guide PCL’s national market outreach in the mass timber market, and is a frequent speaker on mass timber at conferences around the country.

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1:15pm – 2:45pm

Track Title TBD

C Meeting Rooms 123–124
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures

Moderator:
To be determined


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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break with Refreshments

Exhibit Hall B
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax. Enjoy:

  • Lemon and berry fruit bars
  • Portland Roasting regular and decaf coffee
  • Hot organic Choice tea
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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Special Keynote "Fireside Chat"

Oregon Ballrooms 201–203
General

Sponsored by Forest Business Network

Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, sit back and relax. Gather in the ballroom for a powerful discussion with some of the top minds and companies using mass timber to build a better world.


Moderator: Will Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director, #forestproud

Presenters announced soon.

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