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DES1110-A – Designing Modern Wood Schools


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There is a strong case to be made for using wood in school construction, both to accommodate a growing number of students with structures that are cost effective, and to do so while creating high-performance buildings that are safe, resilient, and appealing. This may also be the reason we see more wood schools over the next decade, as U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population. Not only can wood be used to provide a code compliant building and meet the requirements of fire resistance and building size, but it also has acoustic, durability, structural, and environmental attributes, all of which are covered in this article and explain why wood products are being used for schools.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Review provisions of the International Building Code specific to school buildings and discuss opportunities to achieve cost savings through the use of wood.
  2. Explore design and detailing best practices used to achieve performance objectives in school assembly design.
  3. Discuss structural design considerations unique to school buildings, as well as framing options for floors, walls, and roofs.
  4. Consider how wood has been used in modern wood-frame and mass timber schools across the United States.

To ​earn AIA credit, please go to http://www.rethinkwood.com/resource-library/grid?term_node_tid_depth=22&term_node_tid_depth_1=All&items_per_page=12.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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