Webinar series: Mass timber use in building construction
The A+CA will be sponsoring a webinar series hosted by faculty from the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. A series of 6 webinars will be delivered focusing on mass timber to help introduce students, instructors, and practitioners to the Mass Timber product and its beneficial uses in construction. Each webinar in the series (topics listed below) will be broadcast approximately monthly starting in September 2021. More details about each webinar and links to join will be provided later.
1.Sustainability Concerns in Buildings (September 2021) – Advantages of using mass timber in construction overview,including how mass timber can meet sustainability goals.
2.Definitions of Mass Timber Engineering Materials (October 2021) – General introduction to mass timber manufacturing and mechanical properties including cross-laminated timber, glue-laminated timber, dowel laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber and nail laminated timber.
3.Mass Timber: An Architect’s Viewpoint (November 2021) – A mass timber building example demonstrating innovation from an architect and designer’s perspective.
4.Building Construction Methods Related to Mass Timber (TBD) – A mass timber building example discussed from a contractor / project manager perspective.
5.Tour of Apex Energy Building (TBD) – This webinar will include a video tour of the new mass timber Apex Energy building in Richmond, VA and interviews with Apex Energy and the contractor live during the webinar.
6.Resources for Construction Mass Timber Buildings (TBD) – Resources for using mass timber including Woodworks, as well as an overview of current research topics and projects.
NSF GOALI Proposal
The A+CA Board of Directors is sponsoring a multi-university team to develop an NSF proposal for a conference that brings together industry related professionals and organizations with faculty from over 20 A+CA universities architecture and construction programs with the goal of encouraging collaboration on research agendas that advance the organization’s initiatives. A number of these organizations currently have research outreach agendas that are complimentary to the mission of A+CA. The purpose of the conference is to understand how the nature of making buildings has fundamentally changed in the digital age and to establish common ground or overlapping priorities, speculate on opportunities for systemic added value/cost savings, and to potentially transform education toward improved quality of design and construction. These partnerships will then have a two-fold outcome:
Expansion of research capacity and the direct research deliverables, and
The long-term impact of educating students in collaborative working models in their professions as they design and construct the future built environment. The proposal is schedule for submission to NSF in the Summer of 2016.
“A+CA and CIB plan to execute MOU”
In early 2011, representatives of A+CA and the CIB executed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of enhanced collaboration. Objectives of the relationship are to promote participation in new and existing expert commissions and appropriate committees of the other organization, and to establish a new Joint Expert Commission. The purpose of CIB is to provide a global network for international exchange and cooperation in research and innovation in building and construction in support of an improved building process and of improved performance of the built environment. Information on CIB can be found at.