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Ken Derra 
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM CST

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ASME - Milwaukee Section January Webinar:

“Research and Development of Mass Timber Structures for U.S. Building Construction"


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In an effort to keep our members engaged during this time of quarantining and social distancing, the ASME Milwaukee Section is inviting you to join us for a technical webinar on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 5:30pm.  

There is no cost to attend but if you would like us to email you a certificate for 1 PDH Credit for attending this technical webinar, there is a $25 charge.  (We apologize for the inconvenience but we can only accept mailed in checks until further notice.)


Laminated wood construction materials have a century-long history in the United States. Over the last decade, a renaissance of commercial timber construction has taken shape with mass timber panels that resemble precast concrete in size but at a reduced weight and carbon footprint. The aesthetic and green features of mass timber construction are broadly garnering attention among a range of businesses, from urban real estate developers to global corporations. This presentation provides an overview of manufacturing, building code, and sustainability standards that pertain to mass timber building products. We will review several building archetypes and trends taking place in cities across the nation and in Wisconsin, where some of the most notable multistory timber construction is rising. To keep pace with these trends, we will discuss research that the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory has conducted or planned, in cooperation with various partners, to foster mass timber construction with improved resilience to earthquake, wind, fire, and other hazards.  The overall objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the technical design considerations that affect the structural, mechanical, and sustainability performance of mass timber building construction.


Marco Lo Ricco, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., is a Research General Engineer with the Engineering Properties and Advanced Wood Structures unit of the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), located in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining FPL in 2019, Marco developed a cross-laminated timber (CLT) rocking wall system through Ph.D. research cooperation between FPL and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Working with the UWM Research Foundation, Marco patented connections that enable wall panels to serve as wood-based seismic isolation. With over 15 years of structural consulting practice in the Milwaukee metro area, Marco brings a practical perspective to research of timber structures and is actively engaged in communication and outreach activities. For a list of recent projects, please visit the FPL website (https://www.fs.fed.us/research/people/profile.php?alias=mloricco) for more information.


Construction of the "Ascent", Milwaukee, WI.  (Near Cathedral Square.)
A mass timber construction.
Photo taken September 2021 by Marco Lo Ricco.