The Architect’s Newspaper presents its 4th annual TimberCon

TimberCon, presented by The architect’s journal in partnership with the Mass timber institute, returns virtually on September 28. This year’s edition features leading projects and practitioners from the United States and Canada sharing advances in wood design, engineering and construction. Solid wood is attracting growing interest across North America as businesses and customers look to reduce the embodied carbon in their buildings.

The day began with a welcome from Juan Du, Dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Urban Planning at the University of Toronto, and AEditor-in-Chief, Aaron Seward.

Speaker: Peter MacKeith

Peter MacKeith, Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, will deliver the keynote address. MacKeith will focus on the future of wood design in architecture and opportunities for wood supply chain expansion in the Southeast and across the United States. At the University of Arkansas, MacKeith has been a leader in introducing mass timber to campus, collaborating with Leers Weinzapfel Associates and Grafton Architects, among others, to bring world-class mass timber design to the campus.

Contemporary solid wood: from innovative idea to great art

Tom Chung, director of Leers Weinzapfel and a leader in solid wood design, will share the story and lessons learned from the company’s work on Adohi Hall. Defying skepticism about the realization of large-scale log projects, Adohi Hall was the largest log building in America upon its completion at the University of Arkansas. Chung will share his extensive experience working with mass timber, leading to the completion of the hall which was the first cross-laminated timber residential complex on a college campus. The session will end with a discussion between Chung and MacKeith, moderated by Seward.

Net zero energy, mass timber and the case for carbon reduction

Ryan Zizzo, founder of Mantle developments, will showcase the ability of solid wood to meet carbon reduction targets. Ontario-based Zizzo will share their experience using wood to address embodied carbon issues and what the landscape looks like as architects and homeowners become more concerned with measurement tools such as analysis. of the life cycle. Ryan will be introduced by Anne Koven, Executive Director of the Mass Timber Institute.

Ascent is the world’s tallest hybrid wood building and is already inspiring a wave of larger-scale wood construction. (Courtesy of Korb and Associates Architects)

Reaching New Heights: The Rise of Milwaukee

Jason Korb, director of Korb + Associates Architects, will showcase the company’s highly anticipated project, Ascent, the world’s tallest hybrid wood building. The 25-story, 284-foot residential building was completed earlier this year in Milwaukee. Pushing beyond what were, and still are in many municipalities, considered standard code applications for wood construction, Ascent is already serving as a model for scaling wood construction in the United States. United.

close up of a wooden frame
The work of Studio NYL, under construction here in Minot, ND, highlights the importance of designing tightly enclosed facades around wooden structures. (Courtesy of Studio NYL)

Skins + Bones: Opportunities for Hybrid Wood Evolution

Chris O’Hara of Studio NYL and Lauren Wingo of Arup will discuss how different timber structural and facade systems work, sharing recent technical accomplishments on the material. O’Hara will highlight the work of Studio NYL from the perspective of facade specialists, emphasizing the importance of weatherproof enclosures when working with timber framing. Wingo, who has worked on hybrid wood projects including Houston Endowment Headquarters, Rhode Island School of Design’s North Hall, and 80 M Street Southeast in Washington, DC, will draw attention to the importance of detail on solid wood buildings.

Evolving our policy: Municipal adaptations to building codes

Solid wood itself requires changes to our building codes, and as cities, states and national governments demand stricter embodied carbon accounting, wood has become a very attractive building material due to its low embodied carbon content and its relatively sustainable supply chains. However, rules on building heights, fire hazards and safety must be taken into consideration. Tanya Luthi, Building Code Expert, Vice President of Intuitiveand Ricky McLain, solid wood specialist at Carpentrywill discuss the necessary changes to the works building code for mass timber buildings to continue their proliferation.

ARO’s work with mass timber at the Frederic Church Center at Olana State Historic Site brings mass timber design to the Hudson Valley. (Courtesy of the Office of Research in Architecture, rendered by SYNOESIS)

Two Timber Tales: Supporting Institutional Missions Coast to Coast

Kim Yao and Adam Yarinsky of the Architectural Research Office (ARO) in New York will share two outstanding projects currently in progress, showcasing to the public how they have successfully used wood on projects of varying scales. By showcasing two community-oriented projects, the Frederic Church Center at Olana State Historic Site and Milgard Hall at the University of Washington, Yao and Yarinsky will highlight the potential of hardwood to contribute to education centers and to the institutional architecture in general.

At the end of the day, attendees have a choice of three workshops: Underfloor Service Distribution: A Key Strategy for Mass Timber Buildings; Maximize the carbon benefits of wood; Early Design Decisions: Preparing Mass Timber Projects for Success.

TimberCon: Reducing Embodied Carbon Through Mass Timber is presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Mass Timber Institute on September 28. Tickets and more information are available here.

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