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2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair

AWC's Michelle Kam-Biron will be presenting Classic Connection Conundrums – Commonly Overlooked Wood Engineering Design Issues, and AWC's Dennis Richardson will be presenting Code Compliant Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction

When: October 4, 2017
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California 
United States
Contact: Dawn Veach

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Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar).  AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


Classic Connection Conundrums – Commonly Overlooked Wood Engineering Design Issues

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, American Wood Council

The American Wood Council’s (AWC’s) National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) are referenced in US building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. Based on years of questions and feedback from design professionals, AWC has identified some common overlooked design requirements by users of these documents when designing connections. This presentation will cover local stresses in fastener groups (NDS Appendix E), member shear design for bolt and lag screw connections, design values for power-driven staples and nails (ISANTA ESR 1539), and connection detailing requirements for high capacity shear walls and diaphragms. Design resources and connection examples will also be reviewed.

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the AWC where she oversees and develops continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials. She has authored several articles and white papers related to wood construction and has over 20 years of experience managing, designing and plan reviewing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering, is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She also volunteers her time on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education and CALBO Structural Safety Committees, is Chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee, SEAOC Director and a SEAOSC Past-President.


Code Compliant Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO, American Wood Council

Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.

Dennis Richardson, PE, CBO is the West Coast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces recognized design standards such as the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. He is a professional engineer with over 25 years of building department experience including serving as the Building Official for the cities of: Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Jose and Salinas. Dennis has several years of private sector structural design experience and has been active on code development efforts including the Balanced Fire Protection / Height and Area Study Group and the California State Fire Marshal Code Adoption Core Committee. Dennis is a Past President of the Peninsula Chapter of ICC.

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