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Timber Design Faculty Development Workshop

Clemson, SC     May 20 - 22, 2024



Clemson University’s School of Architecture and Wood Utilization + Design Institute are partnering with the Softwood Lumber Board and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to host a two-and-a-half-day, hands-on workshop for architecture faculty. Learn about mass timber design and building, and strategies for incorporating this subject matter into your teaching, research and outreach. The workshop will include presentations from guest speakers, tours of Clemson’s mass timber facilities, and active dialogue among participants to equip you with effective strategies for integrating mass timber into your work. This workshop is all-inclusive for participants. Travel expenses, lodging and meals are funded through a generous grant from the Softwood Lumber Board and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

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Join us for 2.5 days and 4 sessions at Clemson University with additional tours and hands-on activities included.

Sunday, May 19

Arrive at Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) to be picked up by Clemson vans

Monday, May 20

Location: Lee Hall 


7:30 am - Depart Hotel


8:00 am - Welcome & Introductions (Breakfast Available)


8:30 am - Mass Timber 101

10:00 am - Presentation Session 1 – Mass Timber in Design Studios

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Hard Hat Tour of Clemson Alumni Center (under construction)

2:00 pm - Tour Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Rec Center


Location: Quattlebaum

3:00 pm - Presentation Session 2 – The Forests

4:30 pm - Depart for hotel

6:00 pm - Dinner at Local Restaurant

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Tuesday, May 21

Locations: Experimental Forest + Built Environmental Laboratory (BEL)


8:00 am - Depart Hotel for Experimental Forest (boxed breakfast)

10:00 am - Depart for BEL Lab


10:30 am - Presentation Session 3 – Mass Timber Design Research *may include cross-disciplinary collaborations; funded research projects, etc.

12:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Lab Tour (Hands-on)


3:00 pm - Presentation Session 4 – Timber in Design/Build Curricula

6:00 pm - Dinner at Local Restaurant

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Wednesday, May 22

Location: Andy Quattlebaum


7:30 am - Depart Hotel


8:00 am - Workshop Roundtable Discussion (breakfast available)


11:00 am - Depart for Hotel/Airport (lunch on your own)

1:00 pm - Optional on-site meeting with Moseley Architects – new Forestry Building (under development)



Preview the facilities you will be touring, including several mass timber buildings and timber labs at Clemson University.

Alumni Center

Clemson University broke ground on construction of its new Alumni and Visitors Center on February 1, 2023. Construction on the approximately 100,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2024.

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Lee Hall

Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners along with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects, Lee Hall 3 (completed in 2011) is home to Clemson’s School of Architecture. It is a hub for studio courses in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Dubbed “the building that teaches,” Lee Hall 3 features innovative mechanical and structural systems, 25 iconic skylights and a green roof that is the only of its kind on campus. This LEED Gold-rated, zero-energy-ready building is recognized widely for its design, receiving an AIA National Honor Award in 2012.

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Clemson Experimental Forest

These 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products.

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Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center

This award-winning project, which was completed in 2019, represents Clemson’s first mass timber facility. Designed by Cooper Carry architects, the center provides a hub for outdoor education and recreation, including active-learning classrooms, equipment rental and storage space, and a range of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. The net-zero-ready facility features Southern Pine cross-laminated timber floors and roof, plus hybrid glulam and steel framing.

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Built Environment Lab

Clemson’s Built Environment Lab is a full-scale building, design and research laboratory collaboratively founded by the School of Architecture, Wood Utilization + Design Institute and Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. The focus of the BEL is to develop efficient building and bridge materials and systems. It is a new space on campus utilized to test mass timber and other products.


Please contact Pat Layton (864.505.5904) with WU+D at Clemson University.

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The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction. Programs and initiatives supported by the SLB focus on increasing the demand for appearance and softwood lumber products in the United States.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (the "Endowment") is a not-for-profit corporation that works collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation's working forests and forest-reliant communities.

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