Don Rickard, Chapter President 
Northern Illinois Chapter CSI 


Thursday, May 19th,  2022

  • 5:30 pm: Networking, Hor D'Oeuvres, and Cash Bar
  • Program Begins at 7:00 pm
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Northern Illinois CSI In-Person Chapter Meeting and Program

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

The Northern Illinois CSI Chapter looks forward to seeing you at this special IN-PERSON event.

5:30 p.m.: Networking, Hor D'Oeuvres, and Cash Bar

AIA Presentation Begins at 7:00 p.m.

"The Growing Role of Mass Timber in High-Rise Buildings"

 Presenter:  Mr. DANIEL SAFARIK - Director, Research and Thought Leadership at the COUNCIL on TALL BUILDINGS and URBAN HABITAT

Program Description:

The past few years have seen tremendous interest in the development of mass timber buildings of increasing height, in urban settings, many of which are hybrid structures with other materials. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has identified 84 mass timber buildings of eight floors or higher, currently completed or under construction around the world, with analysis by region, function, and structural type. The accumulated knowledge around these projects continues to grow, embracing proposed buildings, and will inform future inquiry for the tall building industry. The data collection is supported by, and related to, research projects currently being conducted by CTBUH, and the network of CTBUH member firms contributing data on their projects. This presentation will provide an overview of current research in tall mass timber, several case studies, and a discussion of key topics and challenges.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Participants will emerge from the session able to categorize the major structural systems used in engineered mass timber high-rise buildings, including the type of mass timber used as well as other materials.

2.  Participants will be able to enumerate the regional differences in timber construction techniques and typologies, among buildings eight stories and higher.

3.  Participants will develop a working understanding of the fire management properties of mass timber construction in high-rises and allowable exposures and uses under IBC and other codes.

4.  Participants will interrogate the rationale for using timber in several high-rise operating conditions, including high seismic areas.

CE Credit      1.5 AIA LU credit 


Presenter Bio: Mr. DANIEL SAFARIK - Director, Research and Thought Leadership at the COUNCIL on TALL BUILDINGS and URBAN HABITAT

Daniel's responsibilities include providing high-level directional oversight for the Council’s research functions, data studies, topical publications, and dedicated tall building database. Additional responsibilities include the development of content for CTBUH publications, particularly the CTBUH Journal. Safarik interfaces directly with the CTBUH President to identify topics and areas in need of detailed exploration and research, then engages analysts, writing staff, and production/digital team members to execute projects using clear operational workflows.



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