September “Trends in Wood Design” workshops offered by WoodWorks

The nonprofit WoodWorks organization will be offering its popular series of workshops in wood design Sept. 27-29 in the Chicago, Ill., area. Locations include Schaumburg (Sept. 27), Oak Brook (Sept. 28), and Chicago (Sept. 29).

Woodworks logoOn-site registration will open at 7:00 a.m. Workshops will begin at 7:45 a.m. and the program will conclude at 3:30 p.m Eligible attendees qualify for 5.5 AIA/CES LU credit.

The following workshops will be offered:

Exceeding Expectations with Wood: Moisture, Durability, Fire and Sustainability
Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP
This presentation will explore commonly perceived challenges for wood design—moisture, durability, fire protection and sustainability—and demonstrate how wood can excel in all areas. The effects of moisture on wood can be significant, but moisture affects all building materials. Prevention of mold and decay will be addressed as will other factors that have far greater impact on durability. The service life of wood structures in comparison to other building materials will be examined, and real-world projects built in wood, steel and concrete will be compared. Fire protection and resistance, another prerequisite of durable structures, will be discussed in the context of fire events in history as well as scientific studies of the effects of fire on wood vs. steel. Finally, sustainability will be discussed in the context of wood and ‘green’ buildings. The concepts of carbon storage, Life Cycle Assessment, and sustainable forestry will be explored, and the presentation will include examples of remarkable wood projects from around the world.

Wood in the International Building Code
Dennis Pitts, American Wood Council
The International Building Code (IBC) provides guidelines and design options along with the freedom to build non-residential wood-frame buildings using different design methodologies. It also offers a number of increased opportunities for wood-frame construction, as compared to those offered by previous codes. Focusing on changes to the most recent version of the IBC, topics will include those sections specific to wood buildings as well as how to navigate the code to move a project through construction. Concepts discussed will include heights and areas, fire resistance, types of construction, treated products and flame spread.

Shake Table Testing of a Six-story Wood-frame Building: How High Can We Go?
Dr. Shiling Pei, South Dakota State University
In 2009, a full-scale mid-rise light-frame apartment building was subjected to a series of earthquakes on the world’s largest shake table in Japan. The building, which had 14,000 square feet of living space and 23 apartment units, was lifted to the shake table and subjected to three earthquakes ranging from seismic intensities corresponding to the 72 year to the 2,500 year event for Los Angeles, CA. This presentation will detail the construction of the building and resulting seismic response in terms of base shears, wall drifts, global inter-story drifts, accelerations, and roof drifts. Results from detailed damage inspection performed following each test will also be presented.

Possibilities with Wood in Construction
Dr. Marjan Popovski, FPInnovations
This presentation will begin by exploring the attributes that affect the design and construction of wood buildings, followed by a look at three wood-based building systems— light platform-frame, heavy column and beam, and cross laminated timber (CLT). Increasingly common in Europe, CLT was used in the UK to build the world’s tallest modern wood building—which includes eight stories of wood over one story of concrete. It is now also being manufactured in North America, where the first non-residential CLT structure was built last year in North Carolina. Examples of hybrid structures combining wood and other materials will also be shown.

Wood in School Construction
Scott Lockyear, PE, WoodWorks
This presentation will focus on current allowances and restrictions for the use of wood in schools. With an emphasis on actual project examples—including the recently-completed 320,000-square-foot El Dorado High School in Arkansas—topics will include fire protection, heights and areas, aesthetics and cost. Attendees will learn not only how to construct schools using wood-frame systems, but how to evaluate whether wood is a good fit for their upcoming projects.

Cost of the workshop is $85 and includes lunch.

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WoodWorks also offers free online workshops. More details for online courses

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