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    The Shifting Landscape of Mass Timber

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

    Join industry experts for a lunchtime webinar focusing on Mass Timber. Get the latest insights on design, construction, responsible sourcing and carbon tracking for this emerging technology. Event hosted by AIASF COTE in collaboration with The Wood Products Council.


    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify the cost benefit analysis factors for a mass timber project. (site/staging constraints, rapid construction to decrease schedule, project scale, etc.)
    2. Articulate the human health benefits of mass timber.
    3. Learn how to measure and analyze mass timber embodied carbon emissions for a project.
    4. Discuss how to responsibly source and look for a right partner to implement a mass timber project.


    As the design and construction industries shift their efforts toward zero embodied carbon, Mass Timber stands out as a revolutionary solution. Building with mass timber not only acts as a carbon sink when compared to concrete and steel construction, it also offers biophilic appeals and potential construction cost and time savings. It might even be a key solution to the west coast housing crisis! Join us in conversation with a panel of design, construction and industry experts who will share their project experience and insights about this new technology, and help designers specify and source mass timber in alignment with the technology’s zero/positive carbon intent, while upholding responsible forestry stewardship. A Q&A session will wrap up the event.


    About the Panelists

    Dean Lewis, PE, SE
    Dean Lewis has spent over 10 years practicing as a structural engineer in both the Pacific Northwest and California. He first worked with mass timber design in 2010 on the Bullitt center in Seattle. Dean has specialized in many different types of prefabrication and modular construction, helping introduce various types of mass timber projects to the San Francisco area in recent years. These include some of the first CLT installations, the first multi-story glulam post and beam with CLT floor project, and the first multi-story MPP project in the country. Dean currently lives in Seattle, working with the Swinerton Mass Timber team.

    Emily Dawson, AIA, LEED BD+C
    Emily is an architect and partner at Kaiser + Path in Portland. Emily works exclusively with mass timber projects from feasibility through construction, driven by a commitment to transform the way we build. The nimble design/develop/build structure of Kaiser + Path has proven effective at realizing groundbreaking projects that prioritize developing carbon neutral building solutions, and showcase market success. See the Case Study for K+P’s multi-story Carbon 12 building here: https://buildingcarbon12.com/

    Jason Grant, LEED AP BD+C
    For 25 years, Jason Grant has been a leader in the sustainable forestry and green building movements. As a manager within World Wildlife Fund’s forest team, he works with major companies on responsible wood sourcing policies and practices, and also leads for WWF US on forest certification and forest legality. For a decade prior to joining WWF, he was an independent consultant and worked with companies and NGOs on policy, advocacy, marketing, training and compliance. Jason is recognized as an expert in ecological forest products and their role in green building. Early in his career, he co-founded EcoTimber, one of the first companies in the world to bring to market products from forests certified to the stringent environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

    Jeff Brink, PE, SE, LEED AP
    Jeff is Vice President at DCI Engineers and Managing Principal of the firm’s San Francisco office. With over two decades of experience in structural engineering design, Jeff has provided solutions for several landmark projects throughout the Bay Area, including 1 De Haro—San Francisco’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure and Project One – the first mass plywood panel (MPP) building in the country. His expertise in materials such as mass timber, concrete and steel, allows project stakeholders to achieve programming goals without sacrificing architectural objectives.


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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
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