Mass Timber Buildings: Sharing Lessons for Coordinating Enclosure Design

Mass Timber Buildings: Sharing Lessons for Coordinating Enclosure Design

Mass timber is an innovative construction material that has quickly gained popularity across the building industry. Owners and project teams choose this structural material for several reasons, including its speed of construction, sustainability benefits, fire resistance, and aesthetic value. When designing building enclosure systems for these structures, however, project teams need to evaluate coordination, detailing, and construction practices to help realize these sustainability and performance benefits. In this webinar, we will introduce mass timber building products—including glued-laminated timber (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT)—and explore their related benefits for constructability and sustainability. We will also share lessons learned from case-study examples to review fire-rated penetrations; coordination of enclosure, structural, and mechanical design; durability of exterior timber; acoustic considerations; and sequencing of temporary protection.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of mass timber as a structural material.
  • Identify how mass timber building enclosure systems differ from traditional projects.
  • Recognize coordination, detailing, and construction practices to help ensure constructability, performance, and occupant safety.
  • Discuss lessons learned from mass timber case study examples.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Chelsea Drenick
Chelsea Drenick | Regional Director
WoodWorks Wood Products Council

Chelsea Drenick is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California. She received her B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. As a Regional Director for WoodWorks, a non-profit organization, she helps project teams achieve successful wood buildings in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah. Prior to joining WoodWorks, Chelsea spent nine years in structural design consulting. Her experience is in a variety of sectors, including residential, higher education, and retrofit of existing and historic structures. She is passionate about sustainability and the use of wood as a building material to reduce the embodied carbon emissions of structures.

Travis  St. Louis
Travis St. Louis | Associate Principal

Travis St. Louis designs, investigates, and rehabilitates building enclosures on residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. He serves as SGH’s Roofing and Waterproofing Practice Area leader, specializing in contemporary facade and window systems as well as roofing, green and amenity roofs, and below-grade waterproofing. Travis works with architects and design-build contractors during early project stages to balance performance, cost, and construction objectives. He combines his field and design experience with excellent communication skills to work with diverse project teams to execute projects from design development through substantial completion.