May 12, 2021 8:00 am

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About The Event

The Katerra Mass Timber team will share insights on the opportunities associated with using CLT on design-build projects. The team will walk through a full project lifecycle in the context of a mass timber project, while highlighting:

  • Key partnerships on a mass timber design-build project
  • Best practices for Design for Manufacturing
  • Opportunities for cost savings driven by efficient design
  • Onsite schedule savings
  • Hybrid structural strategies (wood and steel)

Katerra’s interdisciplinary team will share a case study of a successful mass timber design-build project.

Speaker Bios:

                                             Chester Weir, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Chester Weir is a senior mass timber architect at Katerra, developing scalable solutions for mid and high-rise multi-family and commercial projects. His work is focused on the opportunities afforded by leveraging factory production and new national mass timber building codes, which have been pro-actively adopted in the Pacific Northwest where he works.Chester believes that complex design problems, when distilled to their basic requirements, can yield elegant solutions. Through collaboration and by integrating ideas from multiple disciplines, projects can be more impactful than the sum of their parts. Working closely with Katerra mass timber engineering, construction, and manufacturing, Chester has helped develop innovative mass timber solutions for high-rise housing and large commercial warehouses. In addition to his design work, Chester has presented his team’s mass timber work on panels at international conferences and seminars.


                                              Alec Thomas

Alec Thomas is an accomplished leader in the design build environment, with a focus on end-to-end mass timber solutions. He brings construction expertise into the design environment, collaborating to support the client vision with an executable design, budget, and schedule. Alec believes in servant leadership, guiding teams which are built around core values of trust, respect, and grit, in order to persevere through the unique challenges complex projects have to offer. Alec is an enthusiast for continuous improvement both professionally and personally. He is passionate about serving the community, and does so as the co-founder of the Council for Tall Buildings & Urban Habitats Young Professional Group and mentor in the College Success Foundation Leadership 1000 program.


Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith leads mass timber sales at Katerra, working closely with builders, designers, and developers seeking reliable, competitive, high-quality solutions for building with mass timber. Before Katerra, Sarah led strategy projects at AECOM, and provided strategic guidance to public and private sector clients on emerging markets as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds a BA and MBA from Yale University.