Funded in part by a $10,000 Community Partnership Grant from Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined – TIMBR – Symposium will bring together architects, engineers, constructors, educators, researchers, timberland owners, forest product professionals, and students for a day-long event focusing on Mass-Timber innovations and their potential application in the construction industry for Mississippi and the U.S. South. This is the first event of its kind in the southeast region of the U.S.

The state of Mississippi contains approximately 19.8 million acres of forested land, which accounts for 64 percent of Mississippi’s total area. The value of timber harvesting in Mississippi has averaged in excess of $1 billion per year over the past 20 years and accounts for over 70,000 jobs in the state. The promoting of sustainable forest management, reforestation after harvest, and keeping forests productive have strategic long-term benefits for Mississippi. In addition, the continued development of manufacturing processes utilizing innovative technologies to generate competitive timber product solutions is of critical importance to the Mississippi Forestry Association, Mississippi State University, and local/regional architects and builders.

As regulation and building codes evolve to include the use of mass-timber in mid-to-high rise construction the visual and sustainable identity of our cities will also change. Utilizing solid-timber and/or engineered wood construction – in particular cross laminated timber (CLT) – in innovative and experimental ways has proven to provide several very real benefits when used in tall wood buildings. Benefits of using mass-timber in tall wood buildings include…

  • Renewable natural resource
  • Reduction of carbon emissions
  • Carbon sequestering / carbon sink
  • Expedited erection schedules – 20%±
  • Reduction of overall project costs – 4%±
  • Innovative applications

*Additional support funding provided by Weyerhaeuser and Mississippi Forestry Association.

For more information about the Architecture Design Studio class that will be lead by Professor Jacob Gines at Mississippi State University, School of Architecture click here.

 

AIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

Full participation in the symposium is required to earn 4 Learning Units in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). Register now HERE.

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Mississippi State University School of Architecture is an AIA CES Approved Provider.

 

ABOUT THE GRANT

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program fosters partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the United States and Canada, and responsible procurement globally. Projects address topics of current importance such as improving wildlife habitat management and conservation of biodiversity, avoiding controversial sources of fiber such as those resulting from illegal logging, and assisting local communities through forest education programs and green building projects for low-income families.

Since the program began in 2010, SFI has awarded 50 Conservation and 35 Community Partnership grants totaling more than $3 million to foster conservation and community-building projects. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $9.5 million.

The grant program builds on the fact that SFI is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources, and the environmental benefits and performance of forest products. Since 1995, SFI program participants have invested more than $1.3 billion in forest research activities.

 

TIMBR SYMPOSIUM HOSTS

Mississippi State University, School of Architecture

Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

 

TIMBR SYMPOSIUM CHAIR

Jacob A. Gines              Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

 

TIMBR SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

J. Tedrick Ratcliff, Jr.               Executive Vice President, Mississippi Forestry Association

Anna Kendall                            Education and Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi Forestry Association

Rubin Shmulsky                      Head, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

Ebony Batchelor                      Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Ashtyn Bryant                          Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Jarred Creel                             Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Kenan Morris                          Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Cory Moxley                             Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Abigail Raper                           Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Curtis Reed                              Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Claire Sims                               Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Nick Vezinaw                           Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Rob Warlick                             Student, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University