SEAM Seminar: Structural Engineering of Mid-Rise Wood-Framed Construction

This seminar will focus on structural design strategies for mid-rise wood-frame projects. As modern multi-family living evolves to achieve greater urban density while accommodating more amenities and long-term value, projects are growing larger, taller and incorporating more open space with views of the surrounding neighborhood. As the material of choice for many of these mid-rise projects, wood framing is well suited to accomplish these evolving trends in multi-family and mid-rise construction. However, along with a shift in the aesthetic and programmatic layout of these buildings has come a need to better frame the spaces and that onus is on the structural engineers. In addition, more and more of a building’s fire and life safety design considerations are becoming a joint effort with architect and engineer.

This half-day seminar will address a number of topics that structural engineers will need to understand in order to cost effectively design and detail mid-rise and mid-rise over podium projects. Specific topics covered will include:

• Structural implications of the use of fire-retardant treated wood framing and sheathing in exterior walls of type III projects
• Design of stacked bearing walls subject to high axial forces
• Anchorage of mid-rise wood-frame projects to concrete podiums for uplift and overturning forces
• Code limitations for height of podium structures as well as height of wood-frame lateral force resisting systems
• Design strategies for open-front and cantilever diaphragms in wood-frame structures
• Calculation of diaphragm deflection and drift compatibility in open-front structures
• Distribution of lateral forces throughout mid-rise buildings, particularly those in high seismic regions
• Analysis methods for semi-rigid and rigid diaphragms permitted in SDPWS
• Effect of structural elements on architectural considerations such as wall and floor assembly acoustical and fire-resistance design
• Holistic approaches to structural design that accounts for fire and life safety requirements, especially at structural connections and assembly intersection

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020

Marc Rivard, PE, SE, WoodWorks
Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. Prior to WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer involved primarily with seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications, construction administration and structural plan review services for a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, education, commercial, office, institutional, and military.

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks
Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center. USM now charges $2/hr for parking in the garage
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

3 PDHs will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

$80 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $120 for non-members

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration (Beverage/bagels/fruit provided)
8:30 am – 9:30 am Presentation
9:30 am – 9:45 am Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am Presentation
10:45am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentation / Closing

by Friday January 31, 2020

-Registration for this seminar is closed-

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