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Mass Timber Construction Management + the Future of Tall Wood
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Mass Timber Construction Management + the Future of Tall Wood

When: December 12, 2019 – 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Elk Grove, IL $30
8am - 12:30pm
Where: The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Center
1256 Estes Avenue
Elk Grove Village, Illinois  60007
United States
Presenter: Archie Landreman, Regional Director, WoodWorks and James Smith, PE, American Wood Council

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A two-part seminar:

Mass Timber Construction Management: Economics, Logistics & Risk Analysis

How do contractors answer the increasing demand for mass timber buildings from architects and ownership groups? Growing this budding industry requires an understanding from both designers and seasoned construction professionals of how to construct efficiently, navigate jurisdictions new to mass timber, and manage the procurement risks to deliver the dream of a new and optimized building system. This session will introduce mass timber products and building systems then consider why some mass timber projects never pass the concept stage, what can mitigate risk and improve financial feasibility, and how the development, architectural, engineering, and construction community can achieve success with mass timber projects of various scales and typologies. Particular emphasis will be given to preconstruction coordination, holistic approaches to costing and scheduling studies, project delivery methods, and how to achieve the highest level of cost efficiency.

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.


  • Archie Landreman, Regional Director, WoodWorks
  • James Smith, PE, American Wood Council

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