A 2021 Snapshot: Challenges, Trends and Advancements
in Wood Design and Construction

November 4, 2021 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET

Climate change. Embodied carbon reduction. Material costs. Labor shortages. COVID and worker safety. Inflation. Infrastructure needs. These are some of today’s hottest topics—and they’re affecting how we design and build our future.

Join WoodWorks on November 4th for a half-day online wood design symposium.

We will explore current trends, practical solutions and innovative projects in the world of wood-frame and mass timber construction. As light wood-frame construction continues to be the system of choice for many developers, we’ll discuss practical detailing solutions for energy efficiency, fire resistance and noise control while highlighting the work of ambitious developers who are pushing the possibilities for taller projects. We’ll also examine what’s new in mass timber design, highlighting the growing use of hybrid systems, and advancements in test data and code provisions that have eased the burden of designing mass timber structures for fire -resistance and lateral loading. Striving for enhanced levels of sustainability and reductions in the embodied carbon associated with real estate portfolios continues to be a driving factor for developers, and we’ll hear firsthand why some are optimistic about mass timber’s use in a range of project typologies, including high-rise.

Take your pick! Two options are available for the 2 main sessions.

Track 1 – Light-Frame 

Track 2 – Mass Timber

2021 Year-In-Review: Trends in Light-Frame and Mass Timber Construction

by Janelle Leafblad, Jeff Peters and Laura Cullen, WoodWorks


12:00 PM

Track 1: Light-Frame Innovation

by Adam Hostetler, Works Progress Architecture; Paul Del Vecchio, Ethos Development; Alex Davis, PCS Structural; Ashley Cagle; Chelsea Drenick and Mike Romanowski, WoodWorks

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12:35 PM

Track 2: Mass Timber Hybrid Projects: Leveraging the Strengths of Different Systems

by Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture; Anne Monnier, KPFF; Kyle Warren, Turner Construction; Forrest Bratton, WGI; Jennifer Hardy, Payette and Adam Green, Whiting Turner

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12:35 PM

Speed Networking/Break


1:50 PM

Ask a Manufacturer: DR Johnson / Networking


1:50 PM

Track 1: Evaluating the Cost, Carbon and Energy Impacts of Different Structural Systems

by Greg Kingsley, KL&A Engineers and Builders and Kim Bretheim, LHB


2:10 PM

Track 2: Upgrade Your Mass Timber Engineering Knowledge: Shear Walls, Diaphragms and Fire Detailing

by Bevan Jones, Holmes Fire; Parisa Nassiri, Holmes Fire and Phil Line, American Wood Council


2:10 PM

Ask a Manufacturer: Sansin / Networking


3:25 PM

Speed Networking/Break


3:25 PM

Closing Roundtable

by Leonard Barrett, Beam Development and Chris Gosch, Populance Architecture and Development


3:45 PM

Regional Office Hours (optional)

4:15 PM

Symposium Concludes

4:45 PM



November 4: 12:00 PM- 4:15 PM (Eastern Time)
20 Expert Speakers
Networking, Manufacturer Q&A + Office Hours
Earn 3.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.5 PDH credits or 0.35 ICC credits

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Not just another video conference.

Hopin, our new event platform, will make engaging virtually easy with new ways to network, connect with manufacturers, and choose your sessions—all in one place.

Dynamic Sessions

Expert speakers, market trends, project case studies, and practical knowledge.


Virtually “meet” leading manufacturers and other industry professionals.

Education Credits

Attendees can earn 3.5 AIA LU/HSWs, 3.5 PDHs or 0.35 ICC Credits

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Learn about wood products and make a new contact to facilitate material fulfillment for your next project.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond within one business day.




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