Last Tuesday, we had the privilege of speaking at the January meeting for the Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This particular chapter meeting was expanded to include a total of three hours of continuing education and seven exhibitors, all with a focus on designing structures using wood and timber materials. Engineer and Associate Jason Partain, presented “Wood Design: What your Structural Engineer Wants You to Know” at the event.
In his presentation, Jason discussed the variety of wood products used in modern design and offered tips on when, where, and how to use those materials. From specifying sawn lumber and glulams to preservative treatments and fasteners, attendees were provided with an overview of options and shown real-world examples of both the good and bad results of those choices. Since every presentation should provide attendees with something they can take back to their office and use, Jason also relayed rules of thumb and industry references attendees could incorporate in both project planning and design of current projects.
Overall, we were honored to take part in such a great event and have an opportunity to share some of our experience and insight in a way that may help Architects in their daily practice.