This webinar is part of the Wood Structures Academy.
As a building material, wood’s unique characteristics make it a stand-out for construction, remaining one of the most used materials in the design-build industry. Noted for qualities such as durability and structural performance, as well as its unrivaled elegance to enhance virtually any design, this renewable building resource is not only environmentally friendly but is a versatile choice to deliver high-performing, safe, comfortable spaces across a range of building types. This webinar will focus on the use of wood in education architectural design.
Our esteemed presenters, Tom Chung from Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and Mithun Architecture’s JoAnn Wilcox and Rachel Himes, will unpack research findings and a series of case studies of preschool, K-12 school design, and college/university projects, exploring a range of topics to include why wood was selected; its role in supporting sustainability, energy efficiency and occupant comfort; solutions to ensure a safe, healthy environment ideal for learning; how the design and engineering process unfolded; how specs were developed; and how the structure is performing now. At the end of the presentations, attendees should feel comfortable undertaking a similar process themselves.
At the end of these dynamic presentations, there will be a brief question and answer session where webinar attendees can pose relevant questions to the presenters.
- Discuss how specs were developed and reasons why wood materials were used in the highlighted education building designs in terms of sustainability, energy efficiency, cost, aesthetics, and performance.
- Describe ways in which wood can be used to create a sustainable learning environment that positively impacts the environment, maximizes occupant comfort and learning opportunities, and reduces long-term costs.
- Examine the specific design/engineering processes, including detailing processes, incorporated into the featured wood construction case studies that ensure a safe and high-performance learning environment.
- Identify challenges and solutions the design team and/or engineer encountered during the various phases of design and construction, making note of how each featured project is performing post-construction.