924 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201
8:00am - 5:00pm

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$295 Per Person
Discounts available for multiple registrants from the same firm.
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6.25 PDH   |    6.25 LU/HSW    |    6.25 CEH   |   6.25 CLE

Scholarships available to educators and students! Contact us for more information.

Can't make it to the seminar in Columbia? 
CSE is presenting in other cities in 2017.

November 2, 2017 - Raleigh, NC

Derek Hodgin, P.E., RBEC, CCCA
Derek has over 25 years of experience as an engineering consultant. A Registered Building Envelope Consultant with RCI, Inc. & a Certified Construction Contract Administrator with CSI, Inc., Derek has been involved with design, permitting, construction management & failure analysis of civil and coastal projects such as residential & commercial developments. Derek has developed & presented numerous educational topics related to construction issues to various groups throughout the United States.

Jody Gaskin, P.E.
Jody has over 20 years in civil & structural engineering experienece in the design of residential, light commercial & industrial structures. His forensic experience includes identifying structural deficiences during various phases of construction, & providing comprehensive solutions for corrective repair. 

Scott Coffman, P.E., SECB
Scott has over 35 years in structural wood design experience, predominately in engineered wood building components, including engineering analysis, code compliance, product testing & field investigations of FRT lumber, construction related problems & product application & serviceability. Scott has been responsible for diagnosing problems & designing repairs including the coordination & monitoring of repair activities.

John Wylie, P.E.
John has over 8 years of experience as an engineering consultant & engineering intern, primarily in the areas of deficient construction, structural analysis & collapse/damage investigations. His experience also includes analysis of various types of building components used in high-wind environments. John has presented several techinical papers at national & regional conferences.  

Jason Smith, AIA
Jason has more than 36 years of architectural experience, including design, master planning, technical detailing, specification writing, & construction management. He has a comprehensive background in building facility physical assessments, facility handicap accessibility, architectural forensics / remediation, contract & construction administration, & environmental hazard assessments. Jason’s design projects have included large & small scale communities.

The increase in mid-rise wood construction has been dramatic ever since building code revisions were approved to allow it. The rebound of the construction industry and the lower cost of wood construction has resulted in a surge of development across the country. However, this particular sector of the construction boom is not without challenges. If these challenges are not understood and properly dealt with, significant problems can result. These problems include water intrusion, distress and/or failure of exterior and interior building components, inadequate fire resistance, decay and corrosion that can compromise structural integrity, and interior air quality issues. Collectively, these issues can significantly compromise the durability and livability of these buildings. In short order, typical construction practices have been shown to be inadequate to provide long-term durability on mid-rise wood buildings. Multi-million dollar repairs to address water intrusion and associated damages have already been documented in relatively new buildings. In the absence of best practices, these repair projects will likely become common place. This seminar will help contractors and design professionals, as well as others in the construction industry, to understand and face the challenges associated with these buildings, in an effort to improve durability and life safety.

Understanding the Challenges (8:30 - 9:45am)
Learn about the code changes that allowed taller buildings to be constructed using wood, and the characteristics of wood framing that present unique design challenges, the variety of building code issues that serve to reduce the durability of wood-frame buildings, and compatibility issues associated with various construction materials. The lack of proper (and misguided) communication between construction team members will also be discussed.

Designing Roofs and Decks to Avoid Ponding (10:00 - 11:15am)
For decades the building code has required a minimum roof slope of inch per foot to provide positive drainage. However, this slope is significantly reduced along the valley of two (2) intersecting roof areas and for members optimized for deflection. Manufacturers will warrant roofs with lower roof slopes, which violates the referenced code minimum. HVAC units, solar panels and other roof loads serve to cause deflection of wood roof framing, reducing (or completely eliminating) the positive drainage required by the building code. This presentation offers design solutions to provide long-term positive drainage for minimum slope assemblies supported by wood framing. 

Best Practices for Structural Framing (11:15am - 12:30pm)
As buildings get taller, both dead and live loads increase. Dead loads are greater due to the increased weight of the building. Design loads, such as wind and seismic, are intensified due to the increased exposure. These loads need to be transferred through the roof and floor framing, to the load bearing walls, and down to the foundation. Lighter, wood frame construction is vulnerable to compression, shrinkage and long-term creep (plastic deformation due to overload). Additionally, deflection needs to be considered so that exterior cladding products are not distressed and/or damaged. All of these issues need to be understood so that the building can perform adequately over its expected service life. 

Designing for Durability and Fire Safety (1:30 - 2:45pm)
Wood framing is only a viable long-term building material if it is designed to resist water and fire. Repeated exposure to water can cause significant rot, compromising the integrity of the building enclosure, structural frame and possibly the health of the occupants (in the presence of mold). Fire can quickly destroy a wood-frame structure if adequate protection is not provided. This presentation will discuss shortcomings in typical construction practices that will have a negative impact on durability and fire safety. The presenters will discuss the selection of building products to improve durability and fire safety.

Keeping the Water Out (3:00 - 4:15pm)
The most common issue in construction litigation related to wood-frame buildings is water intrusion; no other issue even comes close. As buildings are constructed to larger scales, these issues will only be magnified. The vulnerability to water intrusion increases due to more pronounced building movements (both vertically and horizontally), the movement of dissimilar cladding materials and the increased exposure to wind-driven rain, among other issues. Because the wood framing is susceptible to damage from water, detailing the building envelope to keep water out (or managed in a manner to keep wood framing components dry) is critical to the expected service life of the building. The quality and effectiveness of building envelope details will determine the timing of the first major maintenance and/or repair efforts that will be required. The details described by this presentation will greatly improve the performance of constructed buildings, regardless of size.

Cancellation Policy:
If you cannot attend, please notify us by October 16, 2017 and we will refund your registration fee.
Cancellations received after October 16, 2017 are subject to a $100 adminstrative fee.
You may enroll a substitute member of you firm at any time before the seminar.
No-shows will not receive a refund. 

Contact Information:
Sara Berkebile or Melissa Gibson
Seminar Coordinators
Construction Science & Engineering, Inc.
218 E. Main St., Westminster, SC 29693