Seattle – WoodWorks, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, has expanded to the Pacific Northwest with the appointment of a local senior technical director, Ethan Martin, P.E. WoodWorks technical directors provide free project support related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings.

As the previous owner of a structural engineering firm in Asheville, NC, Ethan has worked on projects that range from small, three-story mixed-use buildings to a 470,000-square-foot, $125 million central school system for the Cherokee nation. As such, he is well positioned to help architects, engineers and others design and construct wood buildings more easily and at less cost.

“This part of the country leads the U.S. in multi-story wood design, so I’m excited both to support the efforts of designers and learn from their best practices,” said Ethan. “The same goes for other building types—from schools to arenas. I’m looking forward to helping people find solutions to their technical challenges while demonstrating wood’s cost and performance advantages.”

“One look at the landscape and it’s easy to understand why Oregon and Washington designers have a strong connection with wood,” said Bryan Schuyler, regional director for WoodWorks in the Western U.S. “We’re delighted that someone of Ethan’s caliber and experience is WoodWorks’ first on the ground representative providing support to these individuals.”

WoodWorks’ presence in the Pacific Northwest is part of a phased national expansion. During the initial pilot, the program focused on seven states (California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota). These markets were chosen based on level of construction activity and potential demand for technical support and education related to non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. By the end of the pilot, WoodWorks had provided support for more than 500 building projects.

This year, the initiative was expanded to include Oregon/Washington, Texas, and

Baltimore/Washington, DC, again based on level of activity and the projected opportunity to

provide support and education.

For project support in Oregon and Washington, design and building professionals are invited to

contact Ethan Martin, P.E. at ethan@woodworks.org or 855-USE-WOOD (873-9663).

WoodWorks also offers a wide range of other resources, from educational events such as Wood

Solutions Fairs and workshops, to online training, CAD/REVIT details, design examples, span

tables, cost and other calculators, and more. For more information, visit www.woodworks.org.

Upcoming PNW Events

From Codes to Carbon Footprint: Exceeding Expectations with Wood Buildings

Jan. 18 – Portland

Jan. 19 – Seattle

Wood Solutions Fair

Mar. 13 – Portland

Mar. 15 – Seattle

Source: WoodWorks

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