October 21, 2021


Ask any architect or engineer—timber is growing (no pun intended) on everyone. Mass timber construction is on the rise from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, promising new potentialities in tactile design and engineering; all while offering aesthetically pleasing solutions to sustainability goals. TimberCon 2021, hosted in partnership with the Mass Timber Institute will foreground exemplary timber projects across North America; identify best-case practices for their assembly; and spotlight emerging technologies within this exciting field.



Anne Koven

Executive Director

Mass Timber Institute


10:45 - 11:00 AM ET

Virtual Doors Open

11:00 - 11:10 AM

  • Dionne Darling
    VP, Brand Partnerships
  • Anne Koven
    Executive Director
  • Speaker
    Juan Du
    Dean and Professor

11:10 - 12:00 PM

Within the current enthusiasm for mass timber building, there are core conceptual and methodological blindspots—rifts—between claimed attributes of timber buildings and the dynamics of forests and forestry. These rifts demand attention and when addressed they challenge received assumptions and common practices. To see the forest for the building expands the scope of timber building design, demanding more intricate knowledge about the relations of forests and timber buildings.
  • Kiel Moe, AIA, FAAR
    Architect & Author

12:00 - 12:10 PM

  • Jeff Morrison
    Business Development Manager

12:40 - 1:30 PM

We know that active forest management (or forest thinning) mitigates forest fires, reduces carbon emissions, replenishes waterways in the area, expands wildlife habitat, and creates jobs in rural areas. However, many questions have been raised about the sustainability of wood and wood buildings. The challenges of the contemporary world in relation to the exploitation and excessive consumption of resources have forced us to rethink many long unchallenged truths. But, despite issues of deforestation, wood can still be an extremely sustainable material, as long as it is extracted and treated in a conscious and respectful manner. This panel explores forestry in the global and North American context, the forest industry's history and its social license to operate, and what that means for architects interested in building with wood.
  • Speaker
    Kelly Alvarez Doran
    Associate Director – White Arkitekter / Adjunct Professor
  • Speaker
    Eli Gould
    US Representative
  • Moderator
    Anne Koven
    Executive Director
  • Speaker
    Mark Kuhlberg

1:30 - 1:40 PM

Methods + Materials Break

1:40 - 2:10 PM

  • Speaker
    Jeff Spiritos

2:10 - 3:00 PM

Coupling indigenous forms and building techniques with high-performance design, Mike Laverdure offers a compelling story of working with tribal leaders to create a thoughtful and vibrant new place for the community to gather. Rooted in culture and history of the three distinct tribal nations that comprise the Three Affiliated Tribes— the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara— the facility is centered around a design mimicking a traditional earth lodge. Hear the story of the development and design of the project and the particular opportunities of working with indigenous communities.
  • Speaker
    Michael Laverdure
  • Speaker
    Amelia Baxter
    CEO & Founder

3:00 - 3:50 PM

Wood is reframing the narrative about sourcing, supply chains, and carbon neutraility. This naturally extends beyond buildings to include our infrastructure, much of which is crumbling as concrete comes to the end of its lifespan. This panel will explore
  • Speaker
    Vanessa Wan, P.Eng., M.Eng.
    Structural Engineer
  • Speaker
    Robert Matthew Noblett, AIA, NCARB
  • Speaker
    Michael Szabo
  • Speaker
    Walton Chan
    Senior Associate
  • Moderator
    Samuel Medina
    Executive Editor

3:50 - 4:00 PM ET

Methods + Materials Break
  • Credit Type: 1 AIA/HSW Credit
  • Provider: Rosboro

As Mass Timber continues to gain momentum as a highly desired building construction technique, Structural Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam) offers specifiers a tried and tested framework for structures of any size and configuration.  Although glulam is a new concept to some, glulam products have been used reliably for generations as a cost-effective and flexible component of light and heavy-timber framing systems. Many of the Mass Timber framing systems being promoted today are based on glulam concepts that have been in use for decades.  This course will highlight the reasons why glulam is the ideal solution for a wide range of Mass Timber applications and projects, and how to properly use glulam in your projects.

Through this course you will gain insight into the various uses of glulam in Mass Timber structures, capabilities of glulam manufacturing, design standards, product specification, Mass Timber detailing and construction techniques and common installation considerations.

Learning Objectives
  • Discover the advancements of glulam product offerings as a means to expand the versatility of available construction product options.
  • Evaluate how glulam products can be utilized to meet or exceed current fire rated building designs for Mass Timber and Type III construction projects.
  • Specify structural glued laminated timber in the appropriate way to get the right products for your project.
  • Acquire a broader understanding of proper wood framing techniques and glulam product specification that can add strength and economy to your projects.
  • Jared Hensley
    Director of Engineering
  • Credit Type: 1 AIA/HSW Credit
  • Provider: Humboldt

This course provides evidence that Redwood Timbers are a safe, strong, sustainable option for building projects. It will explore the use of Redwood Timbers for post and beam construction, decorative elements, deck posts, and outdoor living structures. It provides information about Redwood’s insulation properties, Class B flame spread, modern redwood forestry management practices that ensure Redwood is a renewable resource, and product attributes of Redwood Timbers including grades, dimensions, fasteners, finishing options, and strength.

  • Understand Redwood Timber grades, properties, and uses for durable structures.
  • Understand Redwood’s Class B flame spread in accordance with ASTM standards.
  • Understand how California state forestry requirements compare with the two primary forest certification programs, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).
  • Identify Redwood Timbers as a renewable resource native to California.
  • Explore case studies featuring the usage of Redwood Timbers in both exterior and interior building applications.



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