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DES520 – Codes and Standards for Mid-rise Construction - An All Wood Solution

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Mid-rise podium construction, with multiple stories of wood framing over a concrete first story, has been popular for many years as a way to take advantage of wood's cost effectiveness for the superstructure while maintaining a more traditional construction type below. Recently, some designers have chosen to forego concrete altogether and build the podium in wood—further decreasing their costs while speeding construction and creating less massive, more uniform buildings. This course will examine two very different projects, a luxury apartment complex and a senior housing/mixed use project. Design considerations related to the International Code Council's (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) and AWC's Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) and the use of wood podiums such as durability, fire protection, sound transmission and seismic loads will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the opportunities and challenges for wood use in wood podiums and be able to use that knowledge to specify this type of system in the future.
  2. Learn the motivational drivers associated with the use of wood for podium construction and why to consider it on future projects vs. typically specified systems.
  3. Discover the structural challenges associated with a wood podium and gain a better understanding of the collaboration necessary with the structural engineer.
  4. Understand how a wood podium is designed for durability and longevity using non-traditional systems and methods.

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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