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2014 Wood Design Seminars

Wood WORKS! Alberta co-hosts with NEWBuildS to present:

Tall Wood Design Seminar
The Checker Building – A 20-storey conceptual wood building

Friday, November 14, 2014
8 am – 1 pm
Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre (ETLC) Solarium, University of Alberta North Campus

Seminar is complimentary with pre-registration.

Registration is full for this event.  Please contact us to join the wait list or for more information on our events.
To join the wait list in case of cancellation contact Barbara at bmurray@wood-works.ca.

About the Tall Wood Design Seminar

Using FPInnovations’ Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, a team of NEWBuildS researchers collaborated with industry professionals including Robert Drew (Perkins + Will), Eric Karsh (Equilibrium Consulting Inc.) and Andrew Harmsworth (GHL Consultants Ltd.) to create a design and analysis of a conceptual 20-storey wood-hybrid building.


  • Design results on the architecture, building envelope, lateral and gravity load resisting systems, fire risks and fire protection for a potential 20-storey wood-hybrid building.


  • Discussion with designers, specifiers, wood products producers, researchers, government regulatory bodies and associations.


  • Architects, engineers, builders and construction professionals
  • EWP producers
  • University and government researchers
  • Provincial and federal regulatory bodies
  • Industry associations
  • FPInnovations researchers


  • Welcoming remarks
    Rory Koska, Program Manager, Wood WORKS! Alberta
  • Introduction of NEWBuildS and project
    Dr. Y. H. Chui, Scientific Director, NEWBuildS
  • FPI Technical Guide: Tall Wood Building
    Kenneth Koo, Industry Advisor, FPInnovations/NEWBuildS Network Liaison Manager
  • Architectural design and details
    Dr. Mohamed Nadim Adi, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
  • Structural analysis and design
    Dr. Zhiyong Chen, Instructor & Research Engineer, University of New Brunswick
  • Building envelope design
    Dr. Hua Ge, Assistant Professor, Concordia University
  • Fire resistance design and fire risk analysis
    Xiao Li, Research Assistant, Carleton University
  • Fire safety of multi-storey wood buildings
    Andrew Harmsworth, Principal, GHL Consultants Ltd.
  • Tall wood buildings in Europe
    Robert Drew, Associate Principal & Technical Director, Perkins + Will
  • Concluding remarks
    Dr. Y. H. Chui, Scientific Director, NEWBuildS
  • Lunch (provided)

More info at Alberta Wood Works