L+L 2.1 Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

1 LU (pending course approval)

AIA | Assoc. AIA | Allied | Students: Free

Non-members: $10


Chelsea Drenick, SE | Woodworks

Chelsea is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California. She received her BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. As the Bay Area Regional Director for WoodWorks, a non-profit organization, she helps project teams achieve successful wood buildings. Prior to joining WoodWorks Chelsea spent nine years in structural design consulting. Her experience is in a variety of sectors including residential, higher education and retrofit of existing and historic structures. She is passionate about sustainability and the use of wood as a building material to reduce the embodied carbon emissions of structures.


Drew Fagent, SE | ZFA Structural Engineers

Drew is a graduate of UCLA and a licensed structural engineer in California and Hawaii with 16 years of experience.  Since joining ZFA’s Santa Rosa office in 2012,  Drew has enjoyed serving various local sectors including hospitality, industrial, and residential, with extensive experience in multi-story light frame podium structures.  Understanding the common challenges faced in single and multi-family projects, Drew has contributed to ZFA’s growing knowledge and experience in emerging technologies such as mass timber, panelized, and volumetric modular construction to help address those obstacles and meet the community’s urgent housing needs.