Lecture: Mass Timber L.A.

Join Woodbury School of Architecture for a lecture by Andrew Tsay Jacobs, Matt Timmers and Austin Baker. Their presentation will explore the potential of mass timber construction and buildings in Los Angeles and high seismic regions.

Mass Timber L.A.
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm
7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504

Mass timber high-rise construction is gaining momentum in the United States. Developers are finding that, along with its beautiful aesthetic and sustainable appeal, mass timber is a cost-competitive and schedule-friendly structural material. This presentation reviews a study demonstrating the code-compliant design of a high-rise mass timber apartment tower in Los Angeles. Using the city’s existing 20-story, reinforced concrete Museum Tower as a basis for comparison, the study examines architectural, structural, fire performance, cost, schedule improvements and trade-offs of the mass timber design compared to the original building.

Andrew Tsay Jacobs is the Director of the Building Technology Lab at Perkins+Will and a member of the International Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, which has been tasked with developing a proposal that may increase the height and code area limits on mass-timber buildings. Matt Timmers is a Project Manager at John A. Martin & Associates exploring mass timber high-rise design. His work delves into the cost and competitive advantages of wood construction over concrete.

Austin Baker is an Estimator at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company. He is currently exploring mass timber buildings in Los Angeles and the construction feasibility and potential of mass timber systems. Together, Andrew, Matt and Austin will present on how mass timber provides a viable alternative to reinforced concrete construction in high seismic regions.

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