Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CCHRB 2017 Spring Seminar: The Heavy Timber High Rise – Building Tall with Wood in the 21st Century


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.)
Location: Harris Bank Auditorium
3rd Floor, Harris Bank Building
115 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois

Organizer: Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings (CCHRB)

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Chicago Chapter
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
United States Green Building Council (USGBC)


This half day seminar will be beneficial to anyone involved in the economic planning, design, construction, and operation of high-rise structures, as well as those interested in the current status of use of wood and engineered wood products in these type of structures. This includes facilities managers, developers, building owners, architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors.

Program Breakdown:

7:15 a.m.
– Commence Registration (continental breakfast provided) **Please bring a photo ID and arrive early to allow for adequate time to go through Building Security

8:00 a.m.
– Welcome from CCHRB Chair Abbas Aminmansour, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Matthew Kuhl, CCHRB Seminar Task Force

8:10 a.m.
– Opening Speaker: High-Rise Timber – Technology and Trends by Benton Johnson, Associate Director and Senior Project Engineer, SOM

8:30 a.m.
– Presentation 1: Tall Wood Buildings – Products, Design Process, and a Case Study by Bernhard Gafner, Partner, Aspect Engineers

9:15 a.m.
– Presentation 2: Opportunities, Benefits, and Challenges of Building Taller Wood Buildings by Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, Lendlease, and William Tobin, Vice President of Timber & Innovations Group, Lendlease

10:00 a.m.
– Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. – Presentation 3: Codes and the Mass Timber High-Rise by Carl Baldassara, Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner and Associates, and Amanda Kimball, Project Manager, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research Foundation

11:15 a.m. – Presentation 4: River Beech Tower by Todd Snapp, Design Principal, Perkins + Will

12:00 p.m.
– Round Table Discussion and Q&A

12:45 p.m. – Concluding Remarks

Continuing Education:

Four hours of HSW continuing education credits are available for members of AIA.
A certificate for 4 hours of continuing education will be provided upon request for others.


$150 – Members of CCHRB or of a co-sponsoring organization
– Non-Members
– Students (Student ID will be required at check-in desk)

Large firm discounts of 5 tickets for the price of 4 are available.

Please register online here.


For more information, please contact Robert Grupe, CSI, by calling (312)371-7897
or Matthew Kuhl, AIA, at