Optimizing Mass Timber Connections

Choosing effective and efficient mass timber connections can be challenging as they must account for structural objectives as well as aesthetics, fire-rating requirements, constructability, cost, shrinkage and swelling, and moisture protection. To aid designers in this effort, WoodWorks has published an Index of Mass Timber Connections, with structural and architectural options for many common conditions. Created by structural engineers, architects and general contractors experienced with mass timber design and construction, the index and accompanying paper highlight lessons learned and present carefully analyzed solutions to common situations. In this session, we’ll review the index along with key considerations in connection design to help designers choose and detail the most appropriate connections for their projects.

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