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Benton Johnson to Discuss Tall Timber Design

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On Tuesday, December 5th, SOM Senior Structural Engineer Benton Johnson will deliver a presentation titled "What’s Next in Tall Timber Design and the Legacy of Research at SOM" at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis.

Johnson will provide a brief history of SOM's research in timber design, focusing on the Timber Tower Research Project, which was undertaken to develop a structural system for tall buildings that uses mass timber as the main structural material and minimizes the embodied carbon footprint of the building. Johnson will also discuss major findings from the research, identifying practical applications of the study for buildings of various scales, and review the results of a physical testing program that was carried out with Oregon State University.

Johnson has worked on a range of domestic and international projects, including supertall buildings, mixed-use developments, convention centers, hospitals, and single-family homes. In addition to his work on the Timber Tower Research Project, Johnson was part of the collaborative team with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop AMIE 1.0—a 3D-printed demonstration building.

The event includes lunch, the lecture, and scheduled networking. Attendees are eligible to receive one AIA Continuing Education Unit.

What’s Next in Tall Timber Design and the Legacy of Research at SOM

December 5, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri

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