2024 Mass Timber
Design Build Workshop
2024 Mass Timber Design Build Workshop
at the A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab
January 18 - 20, 2024
Typically held for AEC industry learners, TDI’s Winter 2024 Mass Timber Design Build Workshop is sponsored by Softwood Lumber Board as a fully-funded opportunity for tenure-track architecture and engineering faculty (Assistant Professors) in college and university architecture programs interested in developing their research, teaching, and creative practice in mass timber design and related topics, including building technology, digital fabrication, material studies, and design/build. This introduction to mass timber design, fabrication, and construction will provide a basis for integrating mass timber topics into design studios, courses on construction and materials, and seminars focused on digital fabrication.
The TDI Mass Timber Design Build Workshop is a hands-on, small-group workshop dedicated to exploring the opportunities and challenges of designing and building with mass timber, with a focus on the relationship between design, fabrication, and constructability. The three-day program begins with a design exercise, takes participants through the fabrication process and culminates in the construction of a small mass timber structure. The 2024 workshop will be led by faculty from University of Oregon (UO), Oregon State University (OSU), and Cal Poly Pomona, as well as industry experts in timber design, fabrication, and construction.
The workshop will be held at the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry in Corvallis, Oregon. The facility is home to one of the largest structural testing walls in the country dedicated to timber construction, as well as an advanced manufacturing bay outfitted with a 5-axis CNC, an industrial robot, a custom hydraulic press, and other breakout equipment for production of mass timber specimens.
In addition to the Emmerson Lab, participants will tour a research forest and the Peavy Forest Science Center. Both the Peavy Forest Science Center and Emmerson are recently completed mass timber buildings.
Who should attend?
- Tenure-track architecture and engineering faculty (Assistant Professor), particularly those who are developing research, teaching and creative practice in mass timber design and related topics, including building technology, digital fabrication, material studies, design/build, and other related areas
- Cadwork computer-aided-design software
- MasterCAM and DDX computer-aided-manufacturing software
- Biesse Uniteam UT 9 5-axis CNC processing center
- US Crane
Participants will engage with the opportunities and challenges of designing and building with mass timber through a hands-on design-build exercise focusing on integrating design thinking with fabrication and construction considerations.
Participants will gain practical experience and insight into the capabilities of modern manufacturing equipment and the role such equipment plays in mass timber design and construction. Participants will learn about opportunities and limitations of CNC fabrication, ranging from common hardware and software to experiences from industry experts on the opportunities and challenges of mass timber design, modeling and fabrication.
Participants will discuss and work through construction issues that arise in building with mass timber, particularly through the lens of large-timber installs and the role that prefabrication has played in altering common approaches to construction.
Participants will discuss basic structural principles of mass timber products and building systems, and types of connections and connectors commonly used in mass timber design and construction.
Participants will visit mass timber buildings and a research forest, learning about types of forest management and their relation to timber production, as well as unique applications of mass timber in the built environment.
Time and Location
January 18 – 20, 2024
A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon
The A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory is home to one of the largest structural testing walls in the country dedicated to timber construction, as well as an advanced manufacturing bay outfitted with a 5-axis CNC, an industrial robot, a custom hydraulic press, and other breakout equipment for production of mass timber specimens. The lab is part of the Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry.
This is a fully subsidized event. ALL TRAVEL, LODGING and EXPENSES ARE COVERED.
To apply, please email email@example.com by January 5th, and include:
2. University and position;
3. A few paragraphs describing your background and why you are interested in participating in this event.
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