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Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures (DES522)
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Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures  (DES522)

When: Available as eCourse
Where: Complimentary Webinar
United States
Presenter: Ricky McLain, WoodWorks
Contact: AWC Education

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Commercial and multifamily buildings are often built using light wood frame construction but sometimes another material is used for the shaft construction. However, light wood frame or mass timber construction may be used for the shaft walls to provide a code-compliant solution which can reduce cost and shorten construction schedule. In this presentation, detailing for elevator, stair and mechanical shafts will be discussed along with relevant code provisions. Discussion will focus on fire resistance-rated design parameters but will also include other architectural and structural considerations related to shaft walls. Code provisions of the 2012 to 2018 International Building Code are applicable.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize fire resistance-rated code provisions relevant to wood shaft wall design.
2. Discuss shaft wall assembly types, evaluating their applicability to elevator, stair and mechanical shafts.
3. Indicate detailing options that establish fire resistance continuity at framing intersections.
4. Determine structural design considerations for stair and elevator shafts.


Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks Senior Technical Director – Tall Wood
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.


Equivalencies: 1 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) = 1 Learning Unit (LU)

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