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Cross Laminated Timber Construction: A Panel Presentation

February 13, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | $10 – $40
Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Construction

February Chapter Meeting:
Cross Laminated Timber Construction
A Panel Presentation

Cross Laminated Timber or CLT has been in the news around Portland with new projects going up all over town. But what exactly is Cross Laminated Timber? What possibilities does it have to offer? How does it compare to steel and concrete? Does it affect other building systems?The State of Oregon is really pushing the use of CLT, but sensationalized news stories warn of fire danger.

Come learn more about CLT from our panel of experts and get a chance to have your questions answered!

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Emily Dawson, AIA, LEED BD+C, PATH Architecture
Emily is motivated to create enduring and meaningful public spaces, and to improve the way communities impact the natural environment. By pushing research into new materials and systems she seeks to improve building performance and environmental impacts. She designed the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure built in Oregon as part of an expansion of the Oregon Zoo, demonstrating CLT’s viability on a significant project. In 2015, she received a travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe, which deepened her interest in CLT as a driver for modular construction processes.

Elizabeth Litzenberger Van Rossen, CSI-EP, Project Engineer, Swinerton Construction
Elizabeth has been dedicated to ensuring end users a comfortable and quality space since she started her career. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering and immediately went into mechanical and HVAC design. From there she progressed to energy modeling and commissioning. She created the energy models for hospitals, large office buildings, multifamily buildings and the Portland State Scott center. Her experience in energy and mechanical design gave her great appreciation for the importance of an effective building system. This has led her to general contracting where she works as a Project Engineer and MEP design build coordinator for Swinerton. There she has spent the last year working on a 5 story CLT corporate headquarters building in Hillsboro Oregon. Her primary focus on this building has been the MEP design build scope, and tackling the complex challenges that come from integrating a mechanical system into a new type of construction.

Mike Steffen, AIA LEED AP, Director of Innovation, Walsh Construction
Mike is an architect, builder and educator with 30 years of experience in the design and construction of the built environment. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed architect in the states of Oregon and California. Mike’s experience as both architect and builder provide him with a unique and useful perspective on both design and construction challenges and solutions.

He joined the quality assurance program at Walsh Construction Co. in 1999 with over 14 years of experience in architecture working as a designer and project manager. For a decade, Mike worked with WALSH project managers and superintendents to develop one of the most innovative and effective quality programs in the industry.

Erica Spiritos, BSCE, EIT, Mass Timber Specialist, Heavy Timber Group

5:30 PM – Networking/Appitizers
6:30 PM – Panel Presentations
7:30 PM – Q&A
8:00 PM – End

Additional Information
1 AIA CEU will be earned with your attendance.
Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.


About CSI Portland
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a non-profit association with over 13,000 members in 140 chapters nationwide, dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. CSI’s membership is a unique cross section of the construction industry and includes architects, specifiers, contractors, product representatives, owners, facility managers, engineers, contractors and building material suppliers.

Portland Chapter CSI, established in 1960, is one of 140+ local chapters with almost 300 local members and serves the Portland, Oregon metro area. Monthly chapter meetings allow members the opportunity to exchange information, make new connections, and develop professional relationships.


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