AIA Maine Track Opening Panel Discussion:

This moderated panel will discuss the overarching opportunities and challenges of designing and building with mass timber products.  

  • Tom Chung of  Leers Weinzapfel (designer of the UMass Design Building)
  • Matt Tonello of Consigli Construction (construction perspective)
  • Casey Malmquist of Smart Lam (sourcing perspective)
  • Rob Otani of Thornton Tomasetti (life cycle perspective)

Forestry for designers and builders

Do you and your clients have questions about the sources of wood and forestry practices in Maine? Panelists will provide an overview of the forestry behind the logs that find its way into sawmills and retail lumberyards. This includes an explanation of sustainability, supply chains and green certification. It will also include an explanation of how active forest management may be used to advance conservation and other non-timber production goals. Panelists include Lloyd Irland, former state economist and former director of Maine’s Bureau of Public Lands; Ken Laustsen, state biometrician; and Tom Abello of The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

Beyond hardwood flooring

Maine sawmills produce a variety of hardwoods and softwoods suitable for particular uses in residential construction. Panelists explore the utility of some of Maine’s underutilized wood species such as red pine, hemlock and cedar. Panelists will also discuss challenges in sourcing wood from smaller mills in Maine. Panelists include Portland architect Caleb Johnson, fine home builder Henry Banks and wood broker Ethan Bessey

Modern wood heat

Using Maine wood pellets or wood chips in state-of-the-art boilers and furnaces is clean, easy and less expensive than most fossil fuel alternatives. Panelists will provide an overview of modern wood heat, examples of the boiler systems in 100+ commercial and institutional buildings and a few detailed case-studies of commercial and residential installations. Panelists include Charles Niebling of Maine Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team, Bede Wellford of Viessman and a representative of Maine Energy Systems.