Ann Arbor Seminar Focuses on Mass Timber Uses for Mid-Rise Construction

Ann Arbor, MI – Architects, engineers and contractors are invited to participate in a seminar showcasing the use of wood and other renewable materials in the construction of mid-rise buildings in Michigan.

Participants will learn about the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber, cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber and other engineered systems. The seminar also will provide information about building codes for mid-rise wood-frame buildings, including fire resistance and safety.

Sponsored by WoodWorks and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the seminar is set for:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Hilton Garden Inn, 1401 Briarwood Circle
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108

To register, visit www.woodworks.org/events. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Attendees can earn professional development credits through the American Institute of Architects and Professional Development Hours for Engineers.

“Mass timber products are cutting-edge technology in the forest products and commercial building industries,” said David Neumann, DNR forest products utilization and marketing specialist. “They are examples of responsible architecture, building design and engineering, in addition to providing opportunities to showcase the use of renewable natural resources.”

Around the world, interest in the use of mass timber products in structural framing of mid-rise buildings has been increasing due to the environmental and aesthetic benefits of wood. As one of the leaders in the production of certified wood products in the Midwest, Michigan is poised to be near the front of a trend toward sustainable construction.

“Mass timber construction can often be less expensive than non-wood alternatives for comparable aesthetic and functional designs. Pre-fabricated components allow for faster construction and lighter equipment,” Neumann said. “In addition, mass timber buildings are more energy-efficient. They cost less to insulate, reduce our carbon footprint and are made possible through an entirely renewable resource.”

The DNR is committed to the sustainable management of forest resources, and supports this workshop series as part of an effort to promote the use of wood in construction. To find wood products manufacturers located in Michigan, visit the free Forest Products Industry Directory maintained by the DNR at www.michigan.gov/wood.

About WoodWorks

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council provides free project assistance as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks technical experts offer support from design through construction on a wide range of building types, including mid-rise/multi-residential, educational, commercial, retail, office, institutional and public.


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