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  • 10 May 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Microsoft Teams Meeting


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Topic:  Mass Timber high-rise Buildings approved in the current codes

Registration closes on May 7th. We will not be accepting late registrations.

Date:  May 10, 2021

Location: Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Robert Gerard


11:30AM: Chapter Business

12:00PM: Key Note Presentation

1:00PM: Conclusion of Meeting

Meeting Link: Microsoft Teams is a free program that will work through the web, a desktop app and also a mobile app. We highly suggest you download the Microsoft Teams app to join the meeting, either on your computer or on your mobile device.

The meeting link will be provided in the registration confirmation email you will receive upon signup.

Event Flyer: May 2021 Meeting.pdf


We have all seen the popularity of wood construction in podium-style construction up to six stories. However, the direction of wood construction has taken a sharp turn with the emergence of mass timber buildings both domestically and overseas. California recently adopted the upcoming 2021 IBC provisions that enable the prescriptive design of up to 18 story mass timer high-rise buildings. Learn about the science supporting this latest trend, the current and upcoming code provisions, and an overview of what you need to know about mass timber.


Robert has more than a decade of experience working in countries around the world for Arup, Holmes Fire, Katerra, and Coffman Engineers, where he is currently a Senior Engineer. He brings an international perspective focused on performance-based design. His work includes mixed-use buildings, hotels, resort casinos, high-rises. He has numerous publications and has presented at educational seminars, workshops, and conferences. Robert's expertise with performance and safety in mass timber structures has made him an authority on fire safety in mass timber buildings. Robert holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from CalPoly SLO and a MS in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, and is a licensed PE in California.

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