This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US—a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, will share information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Central

Cost: Free

Insights will cover pre-construction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details will also be discussed.

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Christopher Evans, LEED AP, Swinerton Builders

Christopher is an experienced, innovated, and energetic construction practitioner in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a BS in mathematics, he started a small residential construction company focused on structural retrofits. In 2008, he joined Swinerton Builders in Hawaii, quickly rising through the company ranks to become Chief Estimator. In 2015, Christopher moved to Swinerton’s Portland office to lead a $225M development in southwest Washington. More recently, he led the construction of a 156,000-square-foot cross-laminated timber office building, currently the largest installation of CLT in the US. Christopher is a LEED AP and holds an MS in International Construction Management from the University of Florida. In 2015 he was recognized as an ENR Top 20 under 40 in the Hawaii and California region.

William Silva, Swinerton Builders

William is a seasoned construction veteran who manages all aspects of design and preconstruction management for Swinerton Builders in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, William worked for 25 years throughout the California market.  He has a well-rounded background from working hands on in self-perform heavy civil and concrete operations to working on the development side of the business as an owner’s representative. William joined Swinerton in 2004 and returned to the Portland market in 2014.  William is a passionate advocate for mass timber buildings and has a knack for finding efficient and eloquent solutions to construction problems.