Continuing Education for the Practical Structural Engineer:
Mass Timber & Wood Construction:
Design & Detailing Best Practices & Insights

NOV 4, 11, 18 | 11 a.m. - Noon (ET)

3.0 SEAMASS PDHs or 3.0 NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs
Seize this opportunity to learn practical tips and proven practices for designing and detailing mass timber and wood frame construction projects. Three experts will present topics ranging from design code compliance and implications, to design and detailing of mid-rise wood frame projects, and better detailing of mass timber connections for projects on any scale.
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Three Presentation Topics & Overviews:
Mass Timber is Here! How Designers Aren’t Letting the Adoption of the 10th Edition Get in the Way of Building Taller Wood Buildings
 Presenter: Brian D. Kuhn Jr., PE │ Consultant | Code Red Consultants, LLC
The AEC industry is now generally aware that the 2021 IBC permits the design/construction of taller mass timber buildings. However, the adoption of the 10th edition of the Massachusetts Building Code (780 CMR), which will be based on the 2021 IBC, is now projected to be delayed until January 2023.

What are the design options for mass timber in the meantime? This presentation will provide an overview of code compliance and fire/life safety challenges related to the design and construction of buildings using Mass Timber and CLT. This includes what is currently allowed in the 2015 IBC (780 CMR – 9th ed.), as well as a summary of the changes to the 2021 International Building Code.

We will also review project case studies, some of which have successfully navigated the appeals board process for permission to construct high-rise buildings with mass timber. 
Essential Design & Detailing Aspects of
Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Construction
Marc Rivard, PE, SE| WoodWorks Wood Products Council
As the material of choice for many mid-rise projects, wood framing is well-suited to accomplish needs ranging from budget obligations to energy efficiency, code-compliance, tenant flexibility and more. Evolving trends in multi-family and mid-rise construction have created a shift in the aesthetic and programmatic layout of these buildings, enhancing the need for creative structural framing layouts and detailing strategies. Although much of this onus is on the structural engineers, it is also crucial that a building’s fire and life safety design considerations be jointly thought out by both architect and engineer. 

This presentation will address a number of topics that structural engineers and architects will need to understand in order to cost-effectively design and detail mid-rise and mid-rise over podium projects. Specific topics covered will include construction type choices and ramifications, detailing for fire, acoustics and structure and critical locations such as unit demising walls, wood shrinkage, and design examples for shear walls and diaphragms.  

  • Discuss allowable construction types, occupancies, and building heights and areas for wood-frame mid-rise construction per the International Building Code.
  • Discuss wood’s shrinkage potential and causes, identify shrinkage effects on structural and non-structural components, and review detailing best practices to minimize the effects of shrinkage.
  • Highlight structural implications of utilizing fire retardant-treated wood in exterior wall assemblies of Type III construction.
  • Explain important lateral engineering issues—such as diaphragm flexibility, shear wall configuration options and design, and load path continuity—that must be considered to successfully design a mid-rise wood structure.
Five Tips for Detailing Better Mass Timber Connections
Marc Rivard, PE, SE | WoodWorks – Wood Products Council 
Because mass timber is a relatively new material in structural engineering, there are not many well-established standards on how to design and detail connections. This can result in connection details that work well from an engineering perspective but are very difficult to fabricate, or vice versa.

This presentation will share some best practices when detailing mass timber connections that can be applied to projects of any scale. Topics will include the use of off-the-shelf vs custom connections, the effects of temperature and shrinkage on mass timber, specifying appropriate screws, and sizing members for connections.
WHEN: Thursdays, November 4, 11, & 18 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon (ET)
WHERE: Online via Zoom Webinar; Registrants will receive access link prior to events
SEAMASS-Certified PDHs:
$25 per webinar (1.0 PDH) OR $60 for ALL 3 Webinars (3.0 PDHs)
NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs:
$30 per webinar (1.0 PDH) OR $75 for ALL 3 Webinars (3.0 PDHs)

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Only "live" attendees receive PDH credits.
Brian D. Kuhn Jr., PE
Consultant | Code Red Consultants, LLC

Brian is a Consultant with Code Red Consultants and a Massachusetts licensed FPE with 15 years in the industry. He provides fire protection and life safety code consulting services to architects, designers, building owners, and end users in both new and existing buildings.

In addition to building and life safety code compliance, Brian’s interests and specialties include mass timber construction, smoke control systems, fire modeling, structural fire resistance, and façade flammability hazards. His work has focused on laboratory, higher ed, transportation, mixed-use commercial, and assembly project types.
Marc Rivard, PE, SE
WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and earned his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. Marc is the WoodWorks Regional Director for New England. He works directly with developers and design teams, providing education and free technical support related to the design, engineering and construction of commercial and multi-family wood buildings.

As a PE and SE, Marc has the knowledge to assist with all aspects of wood building design, including allowable heights and areas and construction types, structural detailing of wood and hybrid systems, fire resistance, acoustics, and alternate means of code compliance. 
Kevin Chen, PE  
Project Manager - Engineering | Nordic Structures

Kevin Chen is a Project Manager at Nordic Structures, where he does everything from assisting architects and engineers with design concepts, coordinating construction logistics with general contractors and installers, and aligning project schedules with factory production timelines. Prior to joining Nordic, he worked as a structural engineer in California where he specialized in the seismic retrofit of existing buildings, numerical simulations of structures under earthquakes, and seismic design of mass timber.
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