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4:30PM - 6:00PM
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle WA 98109
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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 tip the paradigm about building materials, bringing timber to the forefront to make wood the default material and steel and concrete the outliers? Today, many perceive wood as a wasteful and unsustainable building material. 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, Research Scientist and Director of Science and Sustainability at CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials), University of Washington

    – Ted Hall, Owner, Spearhead Timberworks – Amie Sullivan, PE, SE, Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers

    – Erica Spiritos, Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton Construction

    – Josh Anderson, Boatwright, Center for Wooden Boats

    Moderator: 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

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