Event Details

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. Regions of the country such as the Pacific Northwest, the southeast and New England have shown particular interest in adopting this new style of construction, undoubtedly in large part due to their abundant forest resources. This presentation will discuss a number of design topics associated with mass timber products such as glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), and nail laminated timber (NLT). Acoustics, fire ratings, code allowances, span capabilities and more will be reviewed. Next, the results of a recently completed mass timber feasibility study on a 5 story mixed-use project in Brattleboro will be presented, with an emphasis on cost, assemblies and lessons learned. Intended to go beyond an introduction to mass timber, this seminar will dig deeper into design topics and their impact on a project’s bottom line.


9 am: Registration/check in (coffee, fruit and pastries)

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Mass Timber Design: Addressing Common Questions and Misperceptions, Ricky McLain, WoodWorks

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:15 am: Flat Street, Brattleboro: A Mass Timber Feasibility Study, Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates, Brattleboro

11:15-11:45 am: Panel Q&A


Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Ricky is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and a Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions for WoodWorks. He has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to the structural design, project management and construction administration of new single-family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer, working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. He is Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont and a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee, SEI Blast Protection of Buildings Standards Committee, and NIBS Offsite Construction Council Board. Ricky received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine and an MS in Structural Engineering from Norwich University.

Bob Stevens, PE, Stevens & Associates

Bob is a principal of M&S Development, the founder & president of Stevens & Associates, and a graduate of the University of Vermont. As a principal for M&S, he directs a team of professionals to organize and guide business leaders, institutions, and communities to redevelop and revitalize main streets & downtowns. In addition to his development projects, Bob is a professional engineer and owner of Stevens &Associates with over 25 years of experience designing projects, as well as, planning, urban design, public bond campaigns and project finance & development. By integrating his experience of design & engineering with his knowledge of new markets tax credits, historical tax credits, grants, equity and debt, Bob successfully identifies project needs and develops sound solutions.

Attendees can earn 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits for attending this presentation. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Photo Credit: Robert Benson Photography, courtesty of WoodWorks: Wood Products Council

  • When: Tue Aug. 7
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Address: 109 State Street
    Montpelier VT,US 05609

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