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April 16, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Province of British Columbia, through the Building and Safety Policy Branch, has made changes to the BC Building Code that allow for the construction of wood frame structures for up to 6 stories. This change from 4 to 6 stories introduces additional complexities for the design and construction team particularly with respect to the structure, fire protection systems and the building enclosure.
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) received funding from the Province to produce a technical bulletin that alerts practitioners to the unique complexities associated with 6 story wood frame construction. Dave Ricketts, from RDH Building Engineering Ltd., will present a summary of the APGEBC bulletin related to the building envelope.
Mike Steffen of Walsh Construction Co. will review issues associated with the design and construction of mid-rise wood frame buildings within dense urban settings in Oregon and Washington, based on his experience. While this talk will be primarily focused on building enclosure design and construction, related structural, mechanical and fire resistance issues will be covered as well.
Mike Steffen, LEED® AP, AIA, CSI is Vice President and General Manager of Walsh Construction Co./OR, based in Portland, Oregon. Walsh is a Pacific Northwest general contractor specializing in all types of multi-unit housing, renovation, educational facilities, and resorts – with a commitment to being a leader in the construction of energy-efficient, healthy and durable buildings.