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  • Olson Kundig

  • Join Olson Kundig and the Seattle Design Festival for a panel discussion on “Tipping the Paradigm: Shifting the Balance Towards Timber Construction.”

    What if we could shift the building industry’s perception of materials, bringing timber (once again) to the forefront – making steel and concrete the outliers? However, timber actually holds more environmental benefits than both concrete and steel. Responsibly sourced timber offers design professionals a material that could help arrest the progression of climate change. Bringing together experts in the sourcing, fabrication, design, engineering and craft of timber, this panel discussion aims to build awareness of the positive potential of wood across a range of construction types. In exploring the design possibilities and benefits of timber, we can change the way building materials are selected, inspiring market demand that can change the industry.


    -Elaine Oneil, PhD, Director of Science and Sustainability at CORRIM (The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials), University of Washington

    -Ted Hall, Founder and Creative Director, Spearhead Timberworks

    -Amie Sullivan, PE SE, Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers

    -Erica Spiritos, Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton Construction

    -Josh Anderson, Boatwright and Maritime Operations Manager, Center for Wooden Boats


    -Steven Rainville, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Olson Kundig


    -4:30pm: Guest arrival

    -5:00pm: Program kickoff

    -6:00pm: Q&A with audience & closing remarks

    -6:30pm: Event ends

    Ground-level/ no-step entry
    Ramped access
    Elevator to program facilities
    Wheelchair-accessible box office, stage/ backstage, meeting, and dressing rooms
    Wheelchair-accessible display cases, exhibit areas, and counters
    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and water fountains
    Directional signage for accessible entrances, restrooms, and other facilities

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