CTBUH Canada: Tall Timber Buildings Presentation

CTBUH Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Monday, 24 June 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Toronto, Canada


The CTBUH Canada Future Leaders Committee is excited to announce its next event: a presentation on Tall Timber Buildings given by David Moses, founder of Moses Structural Engineers, and Alex Lukachko, principal at RDH Building Science.

There will be a networking event after the presentation on the 2nd floor of the Prenup Pub.

The Future of Building – Tall Timber Buildings

Wood buildings have been limited to 6-stories under various building codes, but recent innovations in mass timber have created new possibilities for much taller wood buildings. Examples include a recently completed 18-story student residence on the UBC campus in Vancouver, U of T’s proposed Tall Wood Academic Tower, and the proposed Canada Earth Tower in Vancouver.

Products such as glued-laminated timber (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT) are large format pre-fabricated elements that are CNC-machined, and can be installed quickly on site. These and other innovative wood products are at the center of a transformation in the AEC industry where we expect higher quality, off-site fabrication along with faster and quieter site work with less construction waste. With taller wood buildings, construction moisture management and speed of the building enclosure are important aspects of design and construction. Many projects are currently exploring different panelized or prefabricated options to keep pace with construction of the primary mass timber structure.

Mass timber towers require close collaboration between project team members including structural and façade engineers. David and Alex will provide an overview of the shift in the construction industry with respect to tall timber structural design, durability, and building enclosure performance.

Speakers will include:

David Moses, PhD, P.Eng, PE, LEED AP, Moses Structural Engineers

David is the founder of Moses Structural Engineers, a Toronto-based firm whose core purpose is to have a “Lasting Impact” on our cities and communities. Moses was born in Ottawa, went to Queen’s University for undergraduate and Masters degrees, then left to Vancouver to pursue a PhD in timber engineering. After 10 years of studying, working and skiing in BC, David returned to Ontario and in 2010 opened the doors to his own company. Moses is a recognized leader, designer, teacher, researcher, writer and invited lecturer. He has over 25 years of experience in timber engineering and has been involved in hundreds of structural engineering projects across Canada and the United States, including many firsts: the first Canadian and Ontario cross-laminated timber (CLT) building, the first passive house in Canada and early CNC machining of heavy timber for construction.

Alex Lukachko, MArch, BES

Alex Lukachko is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc. and the Regional Manager of Ontario offices in Toronto and Waterloo. He has 13 years’ experience in the building industry. Lukachko provides project support and consults with clients across Canada and the United States, including architecture firms, builders, and building material manufacturers. His experience also includes six years at Building Science Corporation and three years as a Partner in Mesher Lukachko Consulting. Lukachko holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and lectures at the University of Toronto. He has active research interests in the development of future building enclosure systems and the design of high-performance, low environmental impact buildings. In particular, he is interested in the link between architectural design and quality assurance that ensures high building performance.