Science and Trends

Wednesday July 25th, 2018

Seattle Art Museum, Arnold Board Room

Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm

Sponsored by CERACLAD

T3 by Michael Green Architecture (MGA). Photo by Ema Peter.

Reducing global carbon emissions is tantamount to managing our impact on the planet. Sustainable design methods are ever evolving and are utilized among other things to reduce the carbon footprint of our construction projects. The planet is in our hands! Learn about emerging design options and how mass timber technology is being used for tall wood buildings.

U.S. building codes have evolved to include safe, sustainable and versatile ways of building based on the latest research and findings from around the world. Code changes, which continue to evolve, have made tall wood construction significantly easier today and will contribute to its continued adoption.

An educational opportunity

CERACLAD™ is proud to sponsor a presentation and discussion about the emerging trends and codes for mass timber and tall wood building construction. Our guest speakers will present research and share their experience with mass timber construction.

As a bonus, our renowned guest speaker from Japan will provide a historical perspective of tall wood construction techniques that have been used for 1,500 years in Japan.

Attendees will earn up to 3 AIA Continuing Education Credits (1 for each presentation).

Guest speakers include:

Susan Jones, FAIA atelierjones LLC

Founded by Susan in 2003 the firm seeks out sites, buildings and materials with inherent, but underutilized value—to harvest their embodied energy, their catalytic power for owners and communities, their beauty. Her work creates delight and wonder in leftover, dirty, forgotten places and spaces, and materials, creating new uses in innovative and beautiful ways.

Keiji Ashizawa, Keiji Ashizawa Design

Keiji Ashizawa lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Yokohama University School of Architecture in 1995, Ashizawa spent the first ten years of his career working as both an architect and steel fabricator. The unique skills and experience gained throughout these early years, including a valued understanding of metals, continue to influence his approach to design.

Keiji Ashizawa presents work of ‘honest’ design – simple yet refined, thoughtful and of a light manner – derived naturally through the process of attempting to maximise the potential of each material and its function. He excels in applying these ideas to projects of various scale, from furniture and lighting design to architecture and exhibition design. His furniture and lighting have been exhibited internationally since 2001.

In 2011, Ashizawa was awarded a ‘Special Award’ by the Japan Institute of Design for his principal participation in the inception of Ishinomaki Laboratory – a DIY furniture workshop established in Ishinomaki city, Japan, after it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Christopher Evans, LEED AP

Christopher is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a BS in mathematics, he started a small residential construction company focused on structural retrofits. In 2008, he joined Swinerton Builders in Hawaii, quickly rising through the company ranks to become Chief Estimator. In 2015, Christopher moved to Swinerton’s Portland office to lead a $225M development in southwest Washington. More recently, he led the construction of a 156,000-square-foot cross-laminated timber office building, currently the largest installation of CLT in the U.S. Christopher is a LEED AP and holds an MS in International Construction Management from the University of Florida. In 2015 he was recognized as an ENR Top 20 under 40 in the Hawaii and California region.

The presentation will be an in-depth case study of a 156,000 square foot mass timber project in Hillsboro, Oregon USA. Constructed by Swinerton Builders, with its own forces, this case study focuses on both the self-perform aspect of erecting mass timber and the procurement strategy of delivering a mass timber project to fruition. The presentation will walk the audience through preconstruction activities including design optimization techniques, implementation of BIM to deliver a prefabricated building, and phasing techniques. Additionally, site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details will be discussed. The presentation should be highly engaging as there is not much data available on the procurement of mass timber projects of this size.

A chance to make a difference

KMEW USA Inc takes great pride in developing meaningful solutions for the built environment and values input from the community to shape new envelope solutions. Guests of this event will have an opportunity to get a glimpse into the future as KMEW shares new product concepts and seeks input and feedback on critical needs and design features.

See new technology in action

As an added bonus, attendees will see Panasonic’s newest technology, Space Player, in action. Space Player provides a hybrid illumination and image-projection solution to enhance displayed objects or create vivid signage in a variety of locations and applications. The ability to combine customized spotlighting and ambient illumination, still images, and moving pictures grabs attention in retail environments, while harnessing brightness and resolution to deliver text-and-image information clearly in exhibition spaces.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knoweldge and understanding of the current trends in design using Mass Timber Construction techniques.

Knowledge: Current Trends Mass Timber Construction

Contribution: Input into design innovation

Technology: Enhanced presentation to share your vision

RSVP Required

When: Wednesday July 25th, 2018

Where: Seattle Art Museum, Arnold Board Room

Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm, lunch will be served

Tickets: Free, to invited guests only

Capacity is limited and seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Space is limited. RSVP today to reserve your space.