Agenda

Agenda

Event Agenda

Calling all innovators, disruptors, and forward-thinkers…

We believe that a greater use of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber products 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

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

Schedule

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

TBD

Mass Timber Building Tours

Worldwide
General

Get an up-close look at mass timber buildings from around the world.

  • Tour #1: Sponsored by D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations
  • Tour #2: Sponsored by Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Tour #3: Sponsored by USNR
  • More tours announced soon

Learn more about the tours

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TBD

Virtual Reception

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Swinerton Mass Timber, Hexion, Katerra, and Kallesoe Machinery

Kick off the conference with a bang with this fun, experiential virtual reception.

Learn more about the reception

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM PDT

Kickoff and Welcome

Virtual
General

Details announced soon.

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8:15 PM – 8:45 AM PDT

KEYNOTE: Housing & Mass Timber

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Idaho Forest Group


WHAT’S IN STORE FOR HOUSING AND MASS TIMBER IN 2021 & 2022?

≣ Ivy Zelman · Chief Executive Officer · Zelman & Associates

One of the most powerful women on Wall Street, Ivy Zelman, joins the 2021 International Mass Timber Conference to provide a macro-housing overview incorporating all aspects of the U.S. housing market, including her forecasts for 2021 and 2022. Along with her firm’s latest research data and projections, she’ll discuss the role mass timber may play in the years ahead.

Ivy ZelmanIvy Zelman holds roughly 30 years of experience covering housing and housing-related industries. She is a sought-after expert on the housing sector, and what the overall housing market means for investors, homebuilders, industry executives, and the economy at large. Her firm, Zelman & Associates, provides analyses across all aspects of the housing spectrum. Ivy has been widely known and respected for her bold thinking and accurate assessments where others failed, helping industry players avoid costly mistakes and capture game-changing opportunities. In 2005, she called the top of the housing market. From there Ivy called the bottom of the housing market in January 2012, thus reinforcing her dominant reputation within the industry. She helped best-selling writer, Michael Lewis with research related to the mortgage crash. This became a part of his best-selling book turned movie, Liar’s Poker. Michael wrote in the book “all roads led to Ivy.” Her convictions have been recognized by Institutional Investor ranking her as one of the most preeminent figures within the housing industry. Additionally, Hanley Wood, a leading real estate media firm, ranked Ivy as 14th of the Top 50 most influential persons in housing. In 2020, Ivy was included in Barron’s Top 100 Women in U.S. Finance. She frequently appears on television shows such as CNBC, in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, and has acted as a key witness in a congressional hearing. Jim Cramer, host of the CNBC show Mad Money, said “Ivy is the Ax of the homebuilders—the analyst who understands the group better than anyone else on Wall Street.”

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8:45 AM – 9:30 AM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Global Mass Timber History: A Walk Through Time

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


Speaker:

Andrew Waugh · Founding Director · Waugh Thistleton Architects

Andrew is a founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a world leading architecture practice dedicated to designing buildings and places of the highest architectural quality that acknowledge their impact on the environment. Fusing sustainability and design Andrew is a passionate advocate of low carbon construction and encourages clients to look at the beauty and benefits of innovative technologies. He has led the practice on award winning schemes from cinemas to synagogues, social housing to offices, and was responsible for the design and delivery of Murray Grove, the project which spearheaded the international movement in tall timber construction and Bushey Cemetery which was shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2018. Andrew continues to research from within the practice. He lectures across the world with a focus on sustainability, timber construction and the future of architecture. Andrew is a visiting Professor Architecture at The University of Sheffield.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Global Mass Timber History: Looking Forward

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


Speakers:

Xu Fang · Chief Representative · American Softwoods China Office

As General Manager of American Softwoods China Office since 1999, Mr. Xu Fang has served for more than twenty years as the main contact point for the softwood industry for the U.S. and China for all aspects of the American Softwoods China program. He has worked with his colleagues identifying promotional opportunities with government agencies, trade associations, and industry in China’s construction industry with the goal of expanding wood applications. Xu represented the U.S. wood industry while participating in the revision of Chinese building codes and standards. Given his experience and knowledge of U.S. wood products, he was appointed by the Chinese code committee as one of the official members of China’s technical committee. He has made numerous presentations among Chinese developers, design professionals, importers, and consumers and introduced applications of U.S. softwood products. Xu has a degree in Structural Engineering from Tongji University.

Andrew Waugh · Founding Director · Waugh Thistleton Architects

Andrew is a founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a world leading architecture practice dedicated to designing buildings and places of the highest architectural quality that acknowledge their impact on the environment. Fusing sustainability and design Andrew is a passionate advocate of low carbon construction and encourages clients to look at the beauty and benefits of innovative technologies. He has led the practice on award winning schemes from cinemas to synagogues, social housing to offices, and was responsible for the design and delivery of Murray Grove, the project which spearheaded the international movement in tall timber construction and Bushey Cemetery which was shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2018. Andrew continues to research from within the practice. He lectures across the world with a focus on sustainability, timber construction and the future of architecture. Andrew is a visiting Professor Architecture at The University of Sheffield.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Project Examples, Design Steps: A South American Perspective

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


Speaker:

Alan Dias · Head of New Business and Engineering · CrossLam Brasil

Alan is a Brazilian mass timber engineer with considerable experience in timber structures. He is a winner of two Talent Awards Prizes in Engineering, the most important engineer prize in Brazil. Alan is a specialist in projects, structural calculations, and erection managing teams on site and design. He is head of New Business and Engineering at CrossLam Brasil, the largest mass timber manufacturer in Brazil. Prior to this position, Alan was the owner of Carpinteria Timber Structures, having participated in several building projects in Brazil and worldwide.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

What Has Led to Mass Timber’s Growth?

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


Speakers:

Peter Moonen · National Sustainability Manager · Canadian Wood Council

Peter MoonenPeter studied Marine Biology, Zoology, and Forestry at the University of British Columbia and has used that science-based foundation as a technical communications specialist to advance a better understanding of wood products and the forest sector. He has more than 30 years experience dealing with regulatory, environmental, sustainability and operational issues. Peter is National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), a technical and knowledge transfer organization working to build a strong wood culture in Canada. Peter regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability, durability and the appropriate use of wood around the world to design professionals, contractors, educators, regulators and building officials. He is a member of the Team of Specialists for the UNECE Forestry and Timber section, and the recent UNECE COFFI conference held in Vancouver, and is a member of the Low Carbon-Assets through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA^2) Initiative of the National Research Council of Canada.

Katharina Lehmann · Owner · Blumer Lehmann AG

Since 1996, Katharina has been Owner, Chairwoman, or Delegate of the Board of Directors, and CEO of the Lehmann Group, CH-9200 Gossau that makes up Erlenhof AG, i.e. Lehmann Holzwerk AG, Blumer-Lehmann AG, BL Silobau AG, and Lehmann Immobilien AG. Katharina is also Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Precious Woods, among others.

 

 

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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Build connections and relax.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

Biophilic Design Examples from Around the World

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


Science has proven that people have a very strong response to wood. Exposed wood in construction creates a multi-sensory environment. Wood can also play a significant role in larger biophilic oriented designs. In this panel moderated by Nicole Miller; Erin Rovalo, and Bill Browning will share examples of the latest and greatest examples of biophilic design from around the world. From the latest award-winning buildings to the most extraordinary, innovative designs imaginable, this quick hitting world tour will leave you wanting to know more about how to integrate biophilic design into your next project.

Moderator:

Nicole Miller · Managing Director · Biomimicry 3.8

Nicole Miller is the managing director of Biomimicry 3.8 a certified BCorp and social enterprise dedicated to helping change-makers create a more sustainable and just world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Her background in Corporate Sustainability and global supply chain development support her role in driving internal strategy, projects, and initiatives, as she works to bring biomimicry solutions to clients around the world. Since joining B3.8 in 2012, she has overseen the development of key strategic partnerships to increase access to biomimicry and worked with clients such as Google, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Interface, Jacobs Engineering, HOK, and others to drive innovation and sustainability. Nicole has a unique grasp of how to position great science to drive commercial practice–and ultimately market transformation. She won’t rest until biomimicry is in the hands of all designers that shape our world.

Speakers:

Erin Rovalo · Director of Education · International Living Future Institute

Erin Rovalo leads ILFI’s education team in their mission to empower an international and diverse community of practice with the skills, values, and knowledge necessary to take bold action towards a living future. In this role, she is responsible for ILFI’s educational strategy and oversees curriculum design, course development, and credentialing. Erin has 15 years of experience in sustainable innovation consulting and adult education and is a recognized expert in biomimicry and nature inspired design methods. She is an experienced scholar and researcher holding a PhD in Design Practice and has published academic research as well as editorial articles in Fast Company, Greenbiz, and Metropolis among others. Her goal is to leverage ILFI’s education platform to connect research to practice and accelerate positive, data-driven change at the frontier of regenerative design.

William Browning · Managing Partner · Terrapin Bright Green

William Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP, is the Managing Partner in Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Marriott, Bank of America, Salesforce, the Inn of the Anasazi, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning was a founding member of the USGBC Board of Directors. He began research in human productivity and green buildings in the 1990s at Rocky Mountain Institute and is co-author of Greening the Building and the Bottom Line (1994), The Economics of Biophilia (2012), 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2104), Human Spaces 2.0 Biophilic Design in Hospitality (2017) and Nature Inside, A Biophilic Design Guide (2020). His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Popular Science, and in segments by NPR, Reuters, CNN, and PBS.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

Construction Management and Training

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


An overview of WoodWorks initiatives to increase construction industry proficiency in the estimation, procurement, and management of mass timber projects. Focusing on both project management and installation training, the program is rapidly expanding to support the growing mass timber market. Overview will include an introduction to the upcoming WoodWorks Mass Timber Construction Manual.

Moderator:

Jason Reynolds · Senior Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Jason has worked with great people, built buildings, managed projects, been a business developer, and served in the Marines. In a unique experience, he walked to Manhattan under the East River on a project pre-bid site tour and his construction experiences have been quite a ride! He is passionate about the wood industry’s impact to support a sustainable future. A lifelong learner, Jason completed his MBA at Virginia Tech, BS in Business Administration (marketing minor) at Norwich University, a Professional Education Certificate in Construction Management at UC Davis, and is a designated design build professional. He has enjoyed is experiences in the wood industry, general contracting, structural precast concrete, and residential construction. His success today stems from experiences learned working on a dairy farm as a kid and being on a 3-13 high school varsity baseball team. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina he manages the eastern U.S. field team and the construction management program for WoodWorks.

Speaker:

Brandon Brooks · Construction Management Program Manager · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Brandon is an experienced project and program manager and training and policy analyst. He recently completed a career in the Marine Corps where he led test and evaluation efforts for major acquisition projects, created an education and training roadmap for technical skills programs, and was fortunate enough to lead and work alongside some of our country’s greatest people. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on finance from the University of Florida, completed his MBA at Virginia Tech, and is a Project Management Professional. He is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

How COVID Has Impacted How We Think About Interior Environments

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


Speakers:

Graham Lowe · President · The Graham Lowe Group

Graham Lowe has over 30 years of organizational, labor market, and policy consulting experience across Canada and internationally. He is president of The Graham Lowe Group, a workplace consulting and research firm. He also is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and has been a visiting professor, lecturer, and researcher at other universities in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Graham is the author of Creating Healthy Organizations: Taking Action to Improve Employee Well-being. This thoroughly updated and expanded 2nd edition of his popular book on healthy organizations was published in April 2020. Graham has contributed many articles to practitioner publications and the media, and has given hundreds of conference talks, interactive workshops, and webinars across Canada and internationally. He is a recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto.

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg · Professor of Architecture, Director Institute for Health · University of Oregon

Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is a Professor at the University of Oregon. He is the Director of both the Institute for Health in the Built Environment and Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory as well as Co-director of the Biology and the Built Environment Center in Eugene and Portland, OR. He has a PhD in Built Environments from the University of Washington. His research areas include daylighting design, integrated design principles, energy performance and air quality and the microbiome in buildings. Van Den Wymelenberg has consulted on several hundred new construction and major renovation projects with architects and engineers regarding energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings since 2000.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

VOCs, Adhesives, and Impacts on Occupants

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


Join our expert panelists as we explore the evolution of adhesives, from protein and animal-based adhesives, to synthetic polymer adhesives (from inception to today), and research into the next generation of adhesive products. Scott and Chris will discuss the functionality of the various technologies, the impact of VOC through the lifecycle of the process—from manufacturing mass timber elements to impact on finished spaces—and end-of-life expectations.

Speakers:

Scott McIntyre · NA Business Director of Forest Products Division, Performance Adhesives · Hexion

Scott McIntyre is the North American Business Director of Hexion’s Forest Products Division. He has 44 years experience in the timber industry and has spent the last 29 years with Hexion, with the last 11 eleven years in his current position. He has had quality control and supervisory roles in large plywood operations and sawmills prior to Hexion. He is a past certified APA and lumber grader. Scott has a B.S. in Business.

 
 

Chris Whelan · Director, Business Development · Henkel

With 25+ years’ experience working for Henkel, the world’s largest adhesive manufacturer, Chris has been providing adhesive solutions to the engineered wood market in North America. Chris’ background in construction, design, and engineering, gives him a unique perspective in providing solutions and perspective. Chris has the depth of experience to provide insightful and practical input on adhesive options, optimizing production, and conceptual process flow and value-added marketing—both from a manufacturer and end use viewpoint. Chris can also provide input on starting a new plant, updating existing production, or simply looking to understand how Henkel’s formaldehyde and solvent-free adhesive options can improve performance, marketability, and ecology.

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11:15 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Lunch

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Rubner

Build connections and relax.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Global Supply Chain: How is Import/Export Working?

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


Rose Braden will moderate a lively discussion between Ernst Woels and Paul Kremer. They will examine the factors that have led to the expansion of mass timber and how suppliers and designers gained market share from concrete and steel construction. Based on their experience in manufacturing and project development, the speakers will also talk about how organizations may balance mass timber manufacturing levels with project demand.

Moderator:

Rose Braden · President · Softwood Export Council

Rose Braden is the President of the Softwood Export Council (SEC), a non-profit trade association made up of U.S. forest products associations, state trade agencies, and public research centers who work together to increase the use of U.S. softwood products globally. She has over 20 years of experience developing international marketing strategies for the U.S. forest products and building materials industries and executing promotional programs. For ten years Braden directed international marketing and educational programs as the President of the Evergreen Building Products Association. Prior to her work with the EBPA, she was an analyst for the Center for International Trade in Forest Products at the University of Washington where her work included projects on Taiwan, China, Japan, Europe, and U.S. industry trends and manufacturing clusters.

Speakers:

Ernst Woels · Sales Director Overseas and Northern Europe · Hasslacher Norica Timber

Ernst was born in Austria, training first as a mechanical engineer for the sawmill industry and attended afterward the universities of Graz (AT) and Waikato (NZ) for studying international business administration. By now he has over 20 years of experience not only in the European and Russian sawmill industry, but also in marketing mass timber products on five continents. Due to the rapid growth of the Hasslacher Group’s mass timber production within the last 10 years, Ernst’s role as overseas sales director has developed from managing lumber exports internationally to becoming one of the pioneers in the global mass timber movement. Constantly analyzing market opportunities, he is now directing sales and production activities to the most promising areas worldwide.

Paul Kremer · Founder & Editor-in-Chief · Mass Timber Construction Journal

Paul’s work covers a diverse portfolio of prebuild and panelized construction technology. His work at XLam supported the establishing the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) plants in Australia and New Zealand. Paul is a founder and editor-in-chief at the Mass Timber Construction Journal holding several academic appointments including, as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Engineering at Deakin University and Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Infrastructure Engineering. Paul’s contribution on several prefabricated construction steering committees culminated in the development of important frameworks for education and training programs, which are significantly transforming and modernizing the construction sector. His industry/research interests include, supply chain, construction law in the emerging technologies sector and prefabricated construction systems/strategy development and integration.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Business Case Deals for Mass Timber

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


Hear from leading early mass-timber developers about the business case trends emerging from mass timber speculative offices. Michael Heller and Noel Johnson will share real numbers and insight on how their deals were received by the market, produced financial returns, and why. For investors, early market rate mass timber developments have shown leasing velocities and occupancy resilience (the critical issues for most office buildings), delivering lower-volatility cash flows to fundamentally improve the office sector’s historically challenged risk-adjusted return profile. Perception as to why these timber buildings were successful centers around intangible (aesthetic, Environmental Social Governance, biophilic) as well as tangible (lower TI at turnover) considerations.

Moderator:

Melissa Kroskey · Technical Director · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

As both a licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has a broad perspective on the industry, as well as technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Throughout her career, she has designed and engineered a variety of buildings, including civic, educational, luxury residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. In addition to building design, her knowledge includes research related to wood’s light carbon footprint, biophilic properties, and contributions to healthy indoor environments and wildfire resiliency. Melissa is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Vice-Chair of ULI’s national Sustainable Development Council. Through WoodWorks’ ULI Greenprint Innovation Partnership, she assists developers pursuing timber projects throughout the US.

Speakers:

Michael Heller · President and Owner · Heller Pacific

Michael J. Heller is the owner of Heller Pacific, a real estate development company specializing in office, retail, and mixed-use development in the Sacramento, California, area for over 20 years. Michael is the son of an old-school contractor who loved modern design. He grew up surrounded by architecture and spent his teenage summers working as a construction laborer. Michael received an MBA from USC and studied engineering and business in undergrad. Early in his career, he worked with his father developing office buildings throughout Sacramento. Michael’s vision for Heller Pacific continues to evolve over time. Heller Pacific embraces innovation and the advancement of ‘green’ technology is a core value of their projects. Marrying the pursuit of architectural advancement, the fundamental need for quality construction, and the reality of risk management without compromising profit goals is a an art form in which Heller Pacific has distinguishing expertise.

Noel Johnson · Developer

Noel Johnson’s development experience spans 20+ housing, retail and office projects, most of institutional-scale & complexity. His work across mass timber, adaptive reuse, brownfield as well as mixed-use in urban and suburban settings provides diverse perspectives on the $1B of development activities constructed. Noel holds degrees from Stanford’s Business School, Portland State, and Williams College. He is civically engaged with groups including: Social Venture Partners, Yale Union Contemporary Art, Northwest Children’s Theater, Urban Land Institute, and Oregon Smart Growth.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Performance-Based Fire Engineering for Mass Timber Structures

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


This session will address the design methodologies, theory and practical implementation of performance-based fire design of mass timber structures. One of the biggest misconceptions about timber buildings is that they do not perform well when exposed to fires. Although mass timber elements can be encapsulated in drywall or a similar material to achieve code-level fire performance, 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 code-level fire performance through performance-based fire design methodologies. 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 is performance-based fire engineering. This panel will explore the design aspects of this approach and how it can be implemented on mass timber projects.

Speakers:

Matthew Smith · Associate – Fire and Structural · Entuitive

A fire and structural engineer at Entuitive in Toronto, Canada, Matthew leads Entuitive’s fire engineering group providing a range of fire safety services ranging from prescriptive to performance-based fire engineering. He received his Master in Applied Science from Carleton University in Fire Safety Engineering and his Master 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.

Erica Fischer · Assistant Professor · Oregon State University

Erica FischerErica Fischer, PhD, PE is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. Dr. Fischer performs research on a variety of different structural systems including steel, timber (CLT), composites (concrete-CLT and steel-concrete), and thin shells subjected to hazards such as earthquakes and fires. She has led a team of multi-disciplinary scientists in post-wildfire reconnaissance in Paradise, California. Dr. Fischer sits on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fire Protection Committee. She was a large contributor to the ASCE Manual of Practice on Structural Fire Engineering. Dr. Fischer has experience as a practicing structural engineer and holds a Professional Engineering license in the states of Washington, California, and Oregon.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

So You Need to Insure a Mass Timber Building: Now What?

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


While mass timber projects have proliferated over the past few years, many contractors, developers and building owners have been faced with challenges related to building insurance. 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. This session will explain aspects such as what determines premium fluctuations, impacts of a strong vs. weak economy, the varying roles of brokers, agents, and underwriters, and how mass timber fits into the conversation. Discussion will include factors to consider when looking to insure a mass timber project, and tips for making your mass timber projects more insurable.

Moderator:

Ricky McLain · Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Ricky 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 Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

Speakers:

Susan Brodahl · Senior Vice President · Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Susan began her insurance career working for Saif Corporation in 1989 while finishing her economics degree from Willamette University. At Heffernan, Susan works with clients in varied sectors including energy, technology, social services and construction. She believes in a client-centric approach to risk management, which includes but is not limited to traditional insurance policies. Susan is known for her creativity and innovation. As a 25+ year industry veteran, Susan is a frequent featured speaker at regional and national conventions as well as published in various trade and mainstream journals. She has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Susan is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Energy Trust of Oregon. In her free time she enjoys golfing, yoga, and playing cards with her husband and daughter.

Cheri Hanes · Senior Construction Risk Engineer · AXA XL

Ms. Hanes has a Senior Construction Risk Engineer for AXA XL’s North America Construction. She has more than 28 years of industry experience in preconstruction, operations, and project management. Before joining AXA XL in 2012, she worked in Yates Construction’s North Texas Division in Operations and Sustainability Management and in Preconstruction and Sustainability for Lendlease Dallas. Her passion for the “on the ground” risks surrounding subcontractor default has its roots in her experience as a partner in a residential and tenant improvement construction company where she navigated the disruption of subcontractors’ failure to perform regularly. She draws on her construction experience to identify and mitigate default risk exposures with a perspective that keeps her clients’ best interests in mind and focuses on giving them tools to better manage construction risk. Ms. Hanes is a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and Construction Document Specialist (CDS).

Michelle Luster · Risk Manager · Swinerton

Michelle Luster is the Corporate Risk Manager for Swinerton. She has more than 20 years in construction risk management experience at both family-owned and publicly held firms. Michelle has been a speaker at IRMI’s Construction Risk Conference as well as the US Law conference on several occasions, and she holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Lake County. Michelle originally hails from Oklahoma, and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, earning her Gold Award in 1987.

 

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12:30 PM – 12:45 PM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Connect and relax.

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12:45 PM – 1:45 PM PDT

Keynote Fireside Chat: The Role of Mass Timber in Reimagining Cities

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Business Oregon

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


HEALTHY FORESTS, HEALTHY BUILDINGS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: THE ROLE OF MASS TIMBER IN REIMAGINING CITIES

The circular economy, biophilia, affordable housing, community health… architects, designers, civic leaders, city planners, and global corporations are already looking well beyond the technology of mass timber itself to reimagine the cities of tomorrow.

This ambition brings a wealth of opportunities and challenges to this community’s door, and this panel brings a wealth of real-world knowledge that captures those opportunities and rises to those challenges.

As the adoption curve for mass timber gains momentum, we are all going to be asked to ‘think bigger’ about the role of these technologies in meeting pressing societal challenges.

Today’s Fireside Chat brings together a group of people who are doing just that.

Moderator:

≣ Susan Jones · Founder · atelierjones

Susan Jones is a Seattle architect and founder of atelierjones. She is driving new pathways within architecture to advance new lower carbon, mass timber systems by designing and building prototypes at multiple scales, girded by her leadership in multiple international collaborations to create change at scale and insure rigor on multiple levels. Her architectural design work, led by her own solely woman-owned firm, atelierjones, designs and builds new prototypes at multiple scales, from prefabricated single family houses to prefabricated urban infill residential to large, middle-income residential buildings which specifically advance new building codes and correlative design detailing that Susan helped craft and guide through new regulatory processes. Her prolific work over the last nine years to advance and restructure the carbon intensive construction industry towards lower carbon materials by using design as a catalyst towards sustainable change at scale is an exemplary example for the role that architects and design can play in the need to innovate at all scales, to urgently lower our carbon footprint.

Speakers:

≣ Anyeley Hallova · Founder · Adre

Anyeley is a sustainability-focused real estate developer with over 17 years of experience from mixed-use developments to office headquarters for non-profits. Her passion is creating unique developments that reflect the local culture, respect the natural environment, and build community. She started her own firm, Adre, with a focus on real estate projects that seek to create wealth for the black community and for other underrepresented groups that traditionally lack access to real estate ownership and investment. Prior to Adre, she was a partner with project^ for 12 years, with a focus on shepherding development projects through entitlements and construction with a specialization in student housing, market-rate housing, residences, and public-private projects. Her mass timber projects include the headquarters for the Nature Conservancy Oregon and Meyer Memorial Trust and leading the groundbreaking R&D for the project Framework. Her civic work includes a governor appointment to Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) where she serves as the Vice-Chair and a board member on the U.S Green Building Council.

≣ Graham Lowe · President · The Graham Lowe Group

Graham Lowe has over 30 years of organizational, labor market, and policy consulting experience across Canada and internationally. He is president of The Graham Lowe Group, a workplace consulting and research firm. He also is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and has been a visiting professor, lecturer, and researcher at other universities in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Graham is the author of Creating Healthy Organizations: Taking Action to Improve Employee Well-being. This thoroughly updated and expanded 2nd edition of his popular book on healthy organizations was published in April 2020. Graham has contributed many articles to practitioner publications and the media, and has given hundreds of conference talks, interactive workshops, and webinars across Canada and internationally. He is a recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto.

≣ Tamara Veldboer · Senior Consultant · Circle Economy

Tamara is a circular economy consultant with a creative mindset and a passion for sustainability. At Circle Economy, Tamara works with businesses and other partners in projects and coalitions to embed circularity principles in both long-term strategies and day-to-day activities. Also, she is a co-author of “Building a Future in Timber,” a report that details a value chain roadmap of how timber construction may develop in the Netherlands, illustrating enablers for a ‘timber revolution’ and barriers to realising this ideal.
 
 

≣ Dean Maltz · Managing Partner · Shigeru Ban Architects

Dean Maltz is the Managing Partner of Shigeru Ban Architects’ New York office, and is responsible for all SBA projects in North and South America. Notable works include the AIA National Honor Award-winning Aspen Art Museum, Metal Shutter House, and the Nomadic Museum. Maltz is currently overseeing the design of a 420-acre bourbon distillery park for Kentucky Owl in Bardstown, Kentucky, as well as the construction of Cast Iron House in New York, NY and Terrace House in Vancouver, BC. Upon completion, Terrace House will be among the tallest hybrid mass timber towers in the world. Dean Maltz is a licensed architect in the United States and Canada, and a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of New York. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Architecture and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Maltz has taught at numerous institutions, including Columbia University, Washington University, and Cornell University.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM PDT

Kickoff and Welcome

Virtual
General

Details announced soon.

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8:15 AM – 8:45 AM PDT

KEYNOTE: Super Skyscrapers & Mass Timber

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie


TALL TIMBER AND THE FUTURE CITY

≣ Antony Wood · Chief Executive Officer · Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Against the backdrop of the world becoming 70 percent urbanized by 2050, the world must accommodate 1.5 million new urban dwellers every week. How this urban growth takes place across the built environment is an important question that will dictate the long-term viability of our existence on this planet. Furthermore, the materials we use to build cities of the future may perhaps be the most important piece of the puzzle. This discussion will explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities surrounding the adoption of mass timber in the global tall building industry, focusing on the positive benefits that would be yielded at all scales. The topic will be viewed through the lens of “sustainable vertical urbanism,” which calls for increased urban densities enabled by a new breed of tall buildings that are simultaneously resilient, efficient, regionally appropriate, and human-focused.

Antony WoodDr. Antony Wood has been Executive Director of CTBUH since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council. Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Wood is also a Research Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, and a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University Shanghai. A UK architect by training, his field of speciality is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to becoming an academic, Wood worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and the UK, between 1991–2001. He has been principal investigator for numerous funded research projects.

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8:45 AM – 9:30 AM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Ten Years and Counting: Optimizing the Emerging Mass Timber Ecosystem for Climate Change

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


Speakers:

Will Novy-Hildesley · Executive Director · Mass

Will leads Mass. a global community working to unlock mass timber’s potential to impact climate change and social inequalities. He was the founding CEO of #forestproud, a social-media platform reaching over 10 million people a month, designed to reframe the forest sector as a solution, not a problem. He built and ran Quicksilver Foundry, a strategy firm serving clients such as Intel, Deloitte and the Department of Defense, and re-branding foundations and non-profits all over the world. He was previously a program officer at the Packard Foundation and ran World Wildlife Fund’s global marine protected area program.

Kristin Slavin · Associate Director of Building Innovations · Sidewalk Labs

Kristin is an Associate Director of Building Innovations at Sidewalk Labs. She has focused her career in architecture and development specializing in mass timber construction. Prior to joining Sidewalk Labs, Kristin led the design of the tallest CLT building in the United States upon completion, Carbon12, among other innovative mass timber projects. Her crossover between development and architecture ensures a holistic consideration of the built environment and execution of sustainable systemic change within the building industry. Kristin holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Connections from Forests to Buildings, the Many Paths for Sustainability

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


This panel will take us on the path from the forests of North America to the latest Architecture to highlight the diverse and dynamic approaches to providing social, environmental, and economic benefits through the use of wood products and mass timber. Speakers will highlight actions that are improving the connections between forest owners and forest product customers, and the improving public understanding of how forest products, including mass timber, can address climate change and support rural communities. Building project examples and lessons learned will be shared to illustrate opportunities to connect to the forest, support local communities, meet environmental standards, and address inequities.

Moderator:

Kathryn Fernholz · President/CEO · Dovetail Partners

Kathryn (Katie) Fernholz is President/CEO of Dovetail Partners, a non-profit environmental think tank based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Kathryn is a forester by training with 23 years of experience in the forest sector. Her career has focused on sustainability concerns, including small-holder and family forestry, community-based decision making, supply-chain assurances, and certification. Since 2010, Kathryn has been an author addressing policy and green markets in the Forest Products Annual Market Review prepared by the FAO/UNECE. Kathryn served as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and was appointed to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council in 2002 and 2019. She is Chair for the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation and a member of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Forest Congress. Kathryn has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota.

Speakers:

Kate Gatto · Vice President, Communications · National Alliance of Forest Owners

Kate Gatto is the Vice President of Communications at the National Alliance of Forest Owners based in Washington, DC. She leads NAFO’s advocacy communications, providing a voice inside the Beltway for America’s sustainably managed private working forests. Kate’s interest in working forests started in Mississippi, where her family owns a small tree farm. She uses her personal experience to help policymakers understand and appreciate the role of workings forests in providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and jobs. Kate joined NAFO in 2017 from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where she spent more than 10 years leading national advocacy campaigns and reputation building programs for a variety of businesses, industries, and non-profit organizations.

Thomas Robinson · Founding Pricipal · LEVER Architecture

Thomas Robinson is the Founder of LEVER Architecture, a design practice based in Portland, Oregon. His firm is widely recognized for material innovation and for pioneering work with Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Thomas’ projects encompass first-of-their-kind timber buildings for clients such as The Nature Conservancy and Adidas, and include more than $1M in research to develop and test wood building assemblies. He has lectured on mass timber throughout the US, Europe, and South America and in 2018 served as the USDA Wood Innovation Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas. LEVER was recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies, and in 2017, was named to Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and to the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

LCA & Other Tools for Designers to Measure Sustainability Performance

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


Moderator:

Indroneil Ganguly · Associate Professor · University of Washington

Dr. Indroneil Ganguly is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR). Dr. Ganguly’s research focuses on wood products trade and environmental evaluation of traditional and innovative wood products. He has developed Life Cycle environmental Assessment (LCA) models for a broad range of innovative wood products and wood-based construction systems, including woody biomass-based biofuels, cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, and comparative LCAs of traditional vs CLT buildings. Dr. Ganguly also investigates the environmental impacts of trade/legality regulations on sustainable wood and bioenergy trade flows. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ganguly has undertaken research in India, China, Vietnam, Japan, and, Thailand, exploring trade and environmental policies in those countries. Dr. Ganguly teaches/taught environmental economics, forestry, and applied-biostatistics courses at the University of Washington.

Speakers:

Steve Clem · SVP Preconstruction · Skanska

Steve is the Senior Vice President of Preconstruction for Skanska’s Oregon and Northern California Offices. He has worked in a wide variety of markets, including high-tech manufacturing, healthcare, and both higher and primary education. Steve has worked on four fully certified Living Building Challenge projects across multiple climate zones. He is the leader of Skanska’s national Green Network and Green Project Solutions team and is responsible for his business unit’s delivery on their climate plan. He has been the principal cost investigator on several groundbreaking studies for the International Living Future Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the District of Columbia, New Buildings Institute, and the US Department of Energy. He is a Pacific Northwest native, studied at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Oregon and resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two teenage boys.

Maureen Puettmann · Director of Operations · CORRIM

Before joining CORRIM, Dr. Maureen Puettmann was owner of WoodLife Environmental Consultants. She has published over 50 life cycle assessments of forestry operations, wood products production, solid and liquid fuels, and biochar in North America. She received her B.S and M.S. in Wood Science from Oregon State University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Forestry/Bio-materials. Maureen is the Director of Operations for the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials and maintains a courtesy appointment with Oregon State University, where she periodically teaches classes on LCA and works with faculty on mass timber projects. She has collaborated with colleagues from more than 20 institutions within the U.S. and internationally, including six months at Harvard Forest as a Bullard Fellow. Maureen is a native Oregonian and lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Capitalizing on Carbon: Monetizing Sustainability Objectives

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


Speakers:

Cameron Jones · Chief Operating Officer · Flash Forest

Cameron is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of a Canadian company, using drones to plant trees. At Flash Forest, he oversees day-to-day operations and oversees a team merging artificial intelligence, automation, botany and mechanical engineering for the purpose of rapid reforestation. In addition to Flash Forest, Cameron is a passionate environmental advocate with a background in corporate social responsibility, innovation and organizational change. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including Assent’s 2020 “Top 100 CSR Influence Leaders Award” and the Alberta Premier’s Public Service Award. He is an active member of Toronto’s clean technology community and recently taught courses on sustainability at the University of Dalhousie and University of Alberta.

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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

European Manufacturing: What’s Next?

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


Moderator:

Jeff Spiritos · Manager · Spiritos Properties, LLC

Jeff Spiritos has been involved in building buildings for some time—for 25 years with Hines, mostly in and around New York City since the late 70s, and for the last 15 years with Spiritos Properties in New York City. For the last five years, he has solely focused on constructing buildings with mass timber in the northeast U.S. Jeff and his team believe that mass timber is the way most buildings will be built in the U.S. and around the world in the not-too-distant future, for the good of our forests, the environment, and the people who live and work in them.

Speakers:

Carsten Hein · Associate Director · Arup

Carsten Hein started his career as a structural engineer in 1989 and is with Ove Arup Germany since 1996. Carsten acquired extensive experience in various types of construction in all areas of structural design. He has developed a special interest in timber and timber composites, being involved an various research projects to develop new composite materials and circular concepts. The focus is to promote the use of timber, timber composites and circularity as the sustainable approach to future building design. In November 2014 Carsten Hein was appointed co-chair of the newly founded CTBUH Tall Timber Research group. In 2017 Carsten co-chaired a first Tall Timber Meeting at the CTBUH conference in Sydney. Carsten recently joined the newly formed Tall Timber working group of CTBUH and is part of the CTBUH German chapter. In this role he will be able to link internal and external research about timber construction.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

How Do We Get Reliable Costing?

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


Moderator:

Ricky McLain · Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Ricky 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 Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

Speakers:

Lisa Podesto · Mass Timber Specialist / Senior Business Development Manager · Lendlease

Lisa serves as Lendlease’s Timber and Innovation Specialist, responsible for advising construction, development and design-build projects nationwide where the use of mass timber and componentized solutions are being considered. She supports activities including master planning, design management, cost planning, and pre-construction, guiding early decisions to achieve innovative, sustainable project delivery. As a Senior Business Development Manager, she also consults with clients, consultants, building authorities and subcontractors regarding potential mass timber structural approaches, construction budgets, and project feasibility. Lisa sits on several industry and professional advisory boards advancing mass timber market development through individual research projects as well as through organizations like the Tallwood Design Institute and the Council of Tall Building and Urban Habitat. She was a co-author and peer reviewer for the 2012 United States Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Handbook and the 2016 Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide. Lisa was also a key contributor to a two phased research program establishing a new design methodology for the blast resistance of CLT.

Ralph Austin · President · Seagate Mass Timber

A licensed carpenter for over 35 years, Ralph has experienced all aspects of construction from labourer to project manager. Since the fall of 2013 when Seagate completed its first mass timber project, the MEC Head Office, Ralph has been steadily building a world-class team to position Seagate as the industry leader in mass timber installation in North America.

 
 

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

CLT Shearwall and Diaphragm Design: Code Updates & Design Guides

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for floor and wall panels has seen incredible growth in the U.S. over the past decade. However, CLT has not been codified for use as part of a seismic or wind force-resisting system—either as a diaphragm or shear wall—until now. As a result, CLT lateral resisting systems have been approved through alternative means. This session will discuss the standardization of CLT shear walls and diaphragms, now included in American Wood Council’s 2021 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) and practical design techniques for CLT diaphragms. Looking forward, we will also discuss several ongoing research efforts into mass timber shear wall systems, which promise to expand the future application of mass timber walls as wind and seismic force-resisting systems.

Speaker:

Scott Breneman · Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Dr. Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and a PE in the State of Washington. He received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. 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.

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PDT

Research/Testing in Progress: Structural Moisture Monitoring

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


Join Sam Zelinka in a review of moisture monitoring science, research, and demonstration in several U.S. mass timber buildings. Moisture monitoring from fabrication, through construction and into service has improved understanding and identified best practices. Sam will be joined by Elizabeth Poblete from the University of Arkansas to discuss the moisture monitoring process at the Adohi Hall residence hall at the University of Arkansas.

Speakers:

Samuel Zelinka · Project Leader, Building and Fire Sciences · US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Dr. Zelinka is the Project Leader of the Building and Fire Sciences research work unit at the Forest Products Laboratory. He leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers who work on fundamental and applied science solutions that protect wood from fire, mold, decay, corrosion, and other wood damage mechanisms.

 
 
 
 

Elizabeth Poblete · Graduate Research Assistant · University of Arkansas

Elizabeth is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas in the Department of Civil Engineering. Her research interests include long term moisture effects in cross laminated timber panels and structural performance of timber products in high moisture environments.

 
 
 

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11:15 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Lunch

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Rubner

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Global Trends and Thoughts From Real Projects Around the World

Virtual
Track 1

Sponsored by Seagate Mass Timber


This track immerses you into a thought-provoking discussion of the mass timber projects and trends shaping our world. The panelists are based in Austria, Germany, and Canada and work for large, international companies involved in mass timber construction. Benefit from their considerable experience as they share the real-world examples and firsthand experience that you can use to bring your projects to life.

Moderator:

Hubert Rhomberg · CEO · Rhomberg Holding GmbH

Hubert Rhomberg is Managing Director of Rhomberg Holding GmbH and—now in the fourth generation—in charge of the internationally active Rhomberg Group, which has its headquarters in Bregenz, Austria. The name Rhomberg stands for sustainable building as much as for sustainable mobility and resource productivity. After graduating in engineering at Vienna Technical University Hubert Rhomberg worked for the construction company Strabag in Linz and Vienna for three years before, in 1998, joining his family’s company. In addition, he supplemented his practical entrepreneurial knowledge by taking a postgraduate course in Company Management at the well known University of St. Gallen. Hubert Rhomberg extends his range of activities by actively promoting research projects (BRIX, House of the Future, LifeCycleTower) and giving public lectures on the subjects Resource Productivity, Mobility and Sustainable Company Management. In 2015 he published his book “Bauen 4.0: From the Ego to the Lego Principle.”

Speakers:

Jan-Peter Koppitz · Associate · Arup

Jan-Peter specializes in the delivery of integrated design of complex projects, especially with innovative timber structures and solutions. Since joining Arup after graduation in 2000, he has been involved in a wide range of projects worldwide. He has also gained design experience mainly in timber but also in reinforced concrete, structural steel, and has worked mainly on projects with free-formed geometry and long-spanning structures. Jan-Peter advises clients at high level and in conceptual phases about the advantages, possibilities and challenges of timber structures, ensuring early on that client goals and project solutions are in unison. Jan-Peter regularly works with architects on a variety of competition submissions and conceptual designs, especially exploring timber options. Hence a strong interest in unified, collaborative teamwork amongst the entire design team in order to deliver projects better. He has been part of architectural and engineering project offices and has participated in research projects to understand and accelerate this aspect of work. Jan-Peter presents regularly at timber conferences, universities and architecture offices on the innovative possibilities with timber solutions. He is also involved with teaching. In 2002 he was structural tutor at the Design Research Lab, Architectural Association in London, has taught engineering at the School of Architecture, IE Business School in Madrid, and joins in architectural critiques at the AA and CCA in San Francisco, California. He now works in the Arup Berlin office.

Robert Jackson · Associate Principal · Fast + Epp

Robert is an Associate Principal at Fast + Epp Structural Engineers. He is a designer with expertise in timber, steel, and concrete in both Canada and the U.S. Robert has developed a particular specialization in mass timber, having contributed to the success of many innovative tall timber projects across North America, including the TallWood House at Brock Commons, 2102 Keith Drive, and The Arbour. Robert offers a unique skill set in the mass timber structural engineering community due to his background as a carpenter and fine woodworker. He is also the author of several articles in international engineering and design journals relating to new and innovative wood systems and is passionate about their use in building design.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Mass Timber in Multi-family: What is the Feasibility?

Virtual
Track 2

Sponsored by Sansin


The mostly untapped potential of mass timber in multi-family projects in significant. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from leading developers and architects why mass timber is a good fit for multi-family, where the greatest opportunities lie, and how growing interest in mass timber could change this unique segment of the market. Panelists will explore some of the benefits and challenges specific to the use of mass timber in residential buildings, including financing, insurance, acoustics, unit layouts/grids, kitchens/bathrooms/plumbing, and more. They’ll use case studies of completed projects to illustrate how to put their ideas into practice.

Moderator:

Benjamin Kaiser · Founding Partner · Kaiser+Path

Ben brings a unique perspective to urban development, informed by over 20 years of serving as the owner, developer, architect, and general contractor on his projects. With nearly a decade of experience with mass-timber, Kaiser+Path is likely the most experienced development company in Multnomah County, Oregon, in regard to these transformational materials. Carbon12 remains the tallest CLT building in the United States, having made mid- to high-rise cross-laminated timber buildings possible for the first time in Oregon. The Canyons, Kaiser+Path’s most recent completed project, pushes the boundary yet again as to what is possible with these environmentally advanced materials.

Speakers:

Chester Weir · Senior Mass Timber Architect · Katerra

Chester Weir is a Senior Mass Timber Architect at Katerra, developing scalable solutions for mid and high-rise multi-family and commercial projects. His work is focused on the opportunities afforded by leveraging factory production and the new national mass timber building codes, which have been pro-actively adopted in the Pacific Northwest where he works. Chester believes that complex design problems, when distilled to their basic requirements, can yield elegant solutions. Working closely with Katerra mass timber engineering, pre-construction, and manufacturing, Chester has helped develop innovative mass timber solutions for high-rise housing and large commercial warehouses. Based in Seattle for over 20 years, Chester has worked for generalist design practices, contributing to civic, institutional, performing arts, and mixed-use projects. Chester received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Whalen · VP Design & Development · Harbor-Bay

Dan leads all aspects of design and development for Harbor Bay, including leading their pursuit of mass timber mixed-use projects nationally. Currently, Harbor Bay has nearly $500 million in mass timber projects that are at various stages of development or construction in targeted markets across the United States.

 

 

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Understanding the Nuances of Tall Mass Timber Design

Virtual
Track 3

Sponsored by Hilti North America


Tall mass timber construction is quickly becoming one of the most attractive and innovative solutions for urban infill projects, mixed-use structures, and other building types. However, a keen understanding of the nuances is essential to realizing a successful tall wood building; there’s more to it than designing a few extra stories in the usual way. In this panel presentation, you’ll learn about design methodologies unique to tall mass timber. Drawing on a wide range of experience and insights, this panel will feature three timber engineers who will discuss systems selections, connections, differential material movement, lateral hybrid systems, fire resistance, timber encapsulation, and other key topics—and attendees will gain a base of knowledge necessary to pursue tall mass timber projects.

Moderator:

Tanya Luthi · Vice President · Entuitive

Tanya Luthi is a structural engineer and Vice President at Entuitive, an international consulting engineering practice operating in seven offices across Canada, the UK, and the United States. After obtaining her master’s degree from The University of Texas, Tanya started her engineering career in New York City specializing in large-scale institutional projects in steel and concrete. After moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2011, she discovered a love for mass timber design and has since made it a focus in her career. In addition to her design experience, Tanya co-authored the US and Canadian Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guides, and she gives regular talks on timber design at architectural and engineering conferences across North America. She is a member of the Board of Directors of WoodWorks and is also an active member of the New York City structural code committee, where she advises on matters related to mass timber construction.

Speakers:

Ricky McLain · Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood · WoodWorks–Wood Products Council

Ricky 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 Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

David Moses · Principal · Moses Structural Engineers

David is the founder of Moses Structural Engineers, a Toronto-based firm whose core purpose is to have a “Lasting Impact” on our cities and communities. David was born in Ottawa, Canada, went to Queen’s University for undergraduate and master’s degrees, then left to Vancouver to pursue a PhD in timber engineering. After 10 years of studying, working, and skiing in British Columbia, David returned to Ontario and in 2010 opened the doors to his own company. David is a recognized leader, designer, teacher, researcher, writer, and invited lecturer. He has over 25 years of experience in timber engineering and has been involved in hundreds of structural engineering projects across Canada and the United States, including many firsts: the first Canadian and Ontario cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings, the first passive house in Canada, and early CNC machining of heavy timber for construction. David’s firm hosts the annual TimberFever design-build competition each fall for architecture and engineering students in the United States and Canada.

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PDT

Telling the Story and Shifting from Niche to Mainstream

Virtual
Track 4

Sponsored by Nordic Structures


This presentation will explore how the developer of Ascent, a project with 19 stories of mass timber over a six-level podium in Milwaukee, is inspiring mainstream interest in tall wood buildings—and how others can do the same. The premise is that mass timber has the potential to become the Tesla of the construction industry. Like the Tesla, mass timber offers benefits in terms of aesthetics, performance, economics and sustainability. Also 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, and provide tips on how to properly manage conversations about mass timber.

Speakers:

Tim Gokhman · Managing Director · New Land

Tim Gokhman is the Managing Director of New Land Enterprises—a pioneering real estate development firm specializing in mixed-use residential and commercial real estate. New Land focuses on creating built environments at the neighborhood scale, striving to create memorable spaces, focused on user experience, believing that cities thrive when they are diverse, walkable, and culturally vibrant. Prior work includes Rhythm (Milwaukee’s first micro-unit apartment building), Black Cat Alley (a defunct alley turned public arts space), Crossroads Collective (Milwaukee’s first food hall) and most recently, Kinetik (a 140-unit apartment complex with 16,000 square feet of retail, plus the conversion of a city street to a pedestrian plaza). The company is currently building Ascent, which will be the world’s tallest mass timber hybrid building.

Chris Evans · Mass Timber Director · Swinerton Mass Timber

Chris is an experienced construction professional with a demonstrated history of completing difficult projects, including numerous mass timber buildings. He has been with Swinerton Builders since 2008, spending the first seven years in Hawaii followed by five in the Pacific Northwest. Chris leads Swinerton Mass Timber (SMT), based out of Portland, Oregon. SMT provides turnkey structural mass timber frames on large commercial projects throughout the United States. The SMT team is working on leading-edge mass timber projects across the country, including Pier 70 in San Francisco and Ascent in Wisconsin. SMT projects also include the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Oregon, completed in 2018.

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12:30 PM – 12:45 PM PDT

Virtual Exhibit Hall + Networking Break

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General

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12:45 PM – 1:45 PM PDT

Keynote Fireside Chat: Mass Timber's Full Potential to Impact Climate Change

Virtual
General

Sponsored by Forest Business Network

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


THE CLOCK’S TICKING: WORKING TOGETHER TO REALIZE MASS TIMBER’S FULL POTENTIAL TO IMPACT CLIMATE CHANGE

As the global ecosystem of mass timber players takes shape, emerging leaders are working to recognize the potential of combining these technologies with sustainable forestry management to put a serious dent in climate change.

More than $5 trillion worth of companies have made billions of dollars in commitments to mass timber construction in the last two years.

If there was ever an opportunity to shape future of sustainable wood based construction—and to make stronger connections in the public’s mind between sustainability and mass timber—the next decade is it.

Leveraging the rapid acceleration in global enterprises’ appetite to meet credible carbon goals presents a significant, one time opportunity to ensure that mass timber technologies themselves, the product supply chain, and the forests they are sourced from, are optimized to put a serious dent in climate change.

Moderator:

≣ Will Novy-Hildesley · Executive Director · Mass

Will leads Mass. a global community working to unlock mass timber’s potential to impact climate change and social inequalities. He was the founding CEO of #forestproud, a social-media platform reaching over 10 million people a month, designed to reframe the forest sector as a solution, not a problem. He built and ran Quicksilver Foundry, a strategy firm serving clients such as Intel, Deloitte and the Department of Defense, and re-branding foundations and non-profits all over the world. He was previously a program officer at the Packard Foundation and ran World Wildlife Fund’s global marine protected area program.

Speakers:

≣ Sandeep Ahuja · CEO · cove.tool

Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of cove.tool, brings her experience of working on over 200 high performance projects. Most recently, Sandeep presented at the UN environment assembly, with 1500 global delegates, on the impact of buildings on climate change, showcased at the Tedx Atlanta and won the Forbes 30 under 30 for developing cove.tool, the automated sustainability consultant. With her desire to bring automation into the AEC world, she is pioneering the integration of data driven thinking into the design and construction process by developing and intelligent software.
 

≣ Katie Ross · Senior Sustainability Program Manager · Microsoft

Katie leads Sustainability for Microsoft’s Real Estate portfolio and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their offices around the world. Katie’s career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees sustainability strategy for Microsoft’s new campuses including Puget Sound, Israel, Silicon Valley, and works with global sites to implement operational best practices. She prides herself on being a ‘sustainability translator’—ensuring that Microsoft’s employees and the public understand the nuances and importance of sustainability topics.
 

≣ Lena Weyerhaeuser · Marketing Manager · proHolz Tirol / Build-in-Wood Project

Lena is a communication professional in a European project for sustainable construction. After living in Germany, Mexico, and Spain, Lena relocated to the center of the Alps two years ago, to Austria. Considering herself a world citizen and a nature-lover, she genuinely cares about our climate and planet. In her role as marketing manager of the Build-in-Wood Project, Lena uses her marketing expertise to impact change in the minds of people: creating awareness and leading the way into a more sustainable future.
 

≣ Stacy Smedley · Executive Director · Building Transparency / Director of Sustainability · Skanska USA

Stacy has a bachelor of arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 18 years in the building industry. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED, Living Building Challenge, and carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction. In her role at the newly established nonprofit, Building Transparency, Stacy leads the continued management and development of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool and works to engage the building industry on actionably reducing embodied carbon emissions. Stacy has served in various advisory and leadership roles including: Co-Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action; Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum; Advisory Group Member for AIA Materials Working Group; and Emerging Professional Regional Chair for USGBC. She is a 2020 Grist 50 Fixer, a 2019 ENR Top 25 Newsmaker, and a Living Building Challenge Hero.

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