September Awards Meeting

Where and When
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 P
Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205


September Awards Program & The Momentum of Tall Wood

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many U.S. architects are seeking a way to leverage wood’s sustainability among other advantages in their own tall building designs. Pursuing both an ambitious carbon reduction and a new aesthetic does not exempt design teams from achieving a high degree of life safety, cost-effectiveness, and building performance; all the things building codes are designed to insure.

Because mass timber is a relatively novel concept in modern construction, it is not well addressed in the prescription of US building codes today. With several tall wood projects of 10 stories or more in height planned to start construction in the US in 2019, designers are curious how design teams are navigating the code hurdles. This presentation will examine the latest research available supporting tall wood structures and how architects can leverage this information with their local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ).


As the Northwest Regional Director for the U.S. WoodWorks program, Ethan’s directive is providing project assistance, education, and resources for developers, architects, engineers, and contractors for code-compliant design, engineering, and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings.  Ethan is a licensed engineer and joined WoodWorks when the pilot program went nationwide in 2011.  Prior to that Ethan had his own engineering firm for eight years and is a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate of Cornell University specializing in structures.






YMF is $25.00.  Register online and you can pay at the door.

Questions contact Jane at 503-753-3075 or