Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure.

Time: 8:00am – 1:45pm Central

On-site Check-in: 7:30 am
Program Begins: 8:00 am
Program Concludes: 1:45 pm

Venue: Maggiano’s Little Italy – Schaumburg

Cost: $40 (Lunch is included in the cost)

Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.


Tanya Luthi, P.E., M.Sc. Eng., Fast + Epp Structural Engineers

Tanya is a licensed Professional Engineer and Senior Associate at Fast + Epp Structural Engineers, a Vancouver-based firm known for innovative and architecturally expressive wood structures. She served as project lead on the Mountain Equipment Co-op head office building, one of the largest contemporary timber buildings in Canada. She is a co-author of the NLT guide and gives frequent presentations to architects, engineers, and developers on the topic of mass timber buildings. Tanya joined Fast + Epp’s Vancouver head office in 2011 and started the firm’s New York branch office in early 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Alex Minard, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, LEED AP, CPHD, Perkins + Will

Alex is an architect and a Senior Associate with the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Designer. Having previous experience with mass timber, he began working with nail-laminated timber in 2009 and recently co-authored the US and Canadian versions of the Nail-laminated Timber Design & Construction Guide. Alex leads the firm’s K-12 Schools practice in Canada and has a particular interest in the use of mass timber for schools.

Graham Finch, P.Eng., Dipl.T., M.A.Sc, RDH Building Science Inc

Graham Finch is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH Building Science, specializing in research and investigation work. His experience covers a wide range of projects, including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigations, research studies, energy assessments, building monitoring programs, field review, and testing services for new and existing buildings across North America. He has also worked with numerous building product manufacturers on product research and development, performance monitoring, and field testing. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy-efficient building enclosures.

Nathan Bergen, Seagate Structures Ltd.

For the past 10 years, Nathan has specialized in the fabrication, assembly and installation of heavy timber and mass timber products, systems and connections. A red seal carpenter, he is Director of Operations for Seagate Structures, where he oversees a small administration staff that handles estimating, shop drawings, project management and production. Prior to joining Seagate, he spent several years with StructureCraft Builders, where he advanced to shop supervisor, and two years working at a sawmill. One of Nathan’s most recent projects was to oversee wood installation for Brock Commons – Tallwood House, which, at 18 stories, is currently the tallest mass timber building in the world.