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Clemson, SC     June 12 - 14, 2023



Clemson University's Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and Wood Utilization + Design Institute are partnering with the Softwood Lumber Board to host a 2.5-day, hands-on workshop for engineering faculty. The workshop will cover wood engineering and design, and strategies for incorporating this subject matter into your teaching, research and outreach. It 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 wood engineering into your work and classroom. This workshop will cover topics relevant to both light frame and mass timber constructions.  


The workshop is all-inclusive for participants. Travel expenses, lodging and meals are funded through a generous sponsorship from the Softwood Lumber Board. This opportunity is only for faculty in US universities. Preference will be given to junior faculty.



Join us for 2.5 days and 8 sessions at Clemson University with additional tours and hands-on activities included.

Sunday, June 11

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

Monday, June 12

Locations: Lowry Hall and The Wedge, Lee Hall


7:15 am - Depart Hotel


8:15 am - Welcome and Introductions (Breakfast Available)


8:30 am - Session 1: Organization and Implementation of a Wood Design Course

10:00 am - Break

10:30 am - Session 2: Overview of Relevant Design Standards and Codes

12:00 pm - Lunch

12:45 pm - Tour of Lowry Hall


1:15 pm - Tour of Lee Hall

2:00 pm - Tour of the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel

2:30 pm - Session 3: Course Activities, Projects and Student Engagement

3:45 pm - Depart to Fant's Grove at the Clemson Experimental Forest

4:00 pm - Session 4: The Link Between Wood Design and Our Forests

5:30 pm - Dinner

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Tuesday, June 13

Location: Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design & Graphics 


7:15 am - Depart Hotel

7:45 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - Session 5: Light Frame Timber Design


9:30 am - Tour of Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center

10:30 am - Session 6: Educational Resources and Example Real World Projects


12:30 pm - Lunch


1:15 pm - Session 7: Advanced Topics and Mass Timber Design Education

2:45 pm - Break

3:15 pm - Discussion Session


4:30 pm - Depart to Experiential Learning Yard

6:00 pm - Dinner


Wednesday, June 14

Location: Built Environmental Laboratory (BEL)


7:15 am - Depart Hotel


7:45 am - Breakfast


8:00 am - Session 8: Research Overview/Cross-Disciplinary Engagement


9:30 am - Tour of BEL Lab


10:00 am - Session 9: Discussion/Wrap Up


11:00 am - Depart to Hotel

11:00 am - Airport Departures will run all afternoon

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

Lowry Hall

Lowry Hall is the home of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and was the first modern academic building on campus. 

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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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Samuel J. Cadden Chapel

Samuel J. Cadden Chapel is one of the newest additions to Clemson’s campus. In the words of the design team from Boudreaux architects, “…the Chapel and gardens promote introspection through the creation of an inviting design character, and by taking full advantage of the picturesque landscape on the surrounding site located along the Campus Green. The character of the building is familiar and welcoming, with a strong vertical form and an open, airy interior with views to the surrounding landscape. Natural materials such as exposed brick, slate flooring, and wood structural members all work to achieve a highly crafted, detailed, and elegant design that enhances the surrounding campus.”

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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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Experiential Learning Yard

The Experiential Learning Yard, located at the Clemson University Ravenel Research Center, provides space for students to construct full-scale structures. The XL Yard, as it is informally known, includes the John B. Nieri Construction Learning Center. The 1,800-square-foot classroom was donated by Michael Nieri ’86, the founder and president of Great Southern Homes in Columbia, in honor of his father.


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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