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SEAoNY YMG and AWC Present: The Wood Evolution
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SEAoNY YMG and AWC Present: The Wood Evolution

When: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
6-8pm Eastern
Where: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, American Wood Council

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SEAoNY February Seminar

SEAoNY YMG and AWC Present: The Wood Evolution

February 27, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

Presented By: Michelle Kam-Biron

Join SEAoNY for a special presentation by Michelle Kam-Biron of AWC: "The Wood Evolution: Innovative Structural Systems and Related Codes and Standards." Recap and Rewind to Follow!

As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Designers in Europe have been using “mass timber” structure design principles and techniques for over 15 years, to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. In 2018, 14 code changes for mass timber construction was submitted for the 2021 IBC to allow larger mass timbers buildings and in December, all code changes were approved leading the way to expand the use of mass timber in the U.S. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems as well as the related codes and standards. Case study examples of innovative projects in Canada, the US and Europe will be used to illustrate how you can apply these products and systems to your future building designs. These creative and imaginative structures are designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits and will inspire you to blend structure back into architecture using massive timber and other wood systems.

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Presenter Bio:

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she oversees AWC continuing education resources for building industry professionals as well as coordinates the development of university level wood design course. Before joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative, WoodWorks. Ms. Kam-Biron has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood.


She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. She is a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Architectural Engineering (ARCE) alumni and is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer. She volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education, a former Director for Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and Past-President for Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). She also chair’s the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI) Wood Education and the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committees.


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