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Webinar - Wood Studs & Steel Studs - Who is to Decide?

  • November 17, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Wood Studs & Steel Studs - Who is to Decide?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Southern California's built environment includes many examples of how both wood studs and steel studs can be utilized as cost-effective materials for multi-story bearing wall buildings. So how do you decide if one of these options is best for your project? Join our panel of experts for a discussion of the benefits and challenges of wood and steel stud framing, covering both structural design and building envelope considerations.


Jeff Ellis, P.E., S.E., SECB
Director of Codes & Compliance
Simpson Strong-Tie

Jeff Ellis is the Director of Codes & Compliance for Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. He has more than 29 years of construction industry experience and manages the company codes and compliance efforts. Additionally, he is involved in research and development and provides technical support for connectors, fastening systems, and lateral force resisting systems. He was a practicing design engineer for commercial, residential and forensic projects for more than 9 years prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 2000. He currently serves as a director on the U.S. Resiliency Council board and as a manager on the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) board. He has served as SEAOSC president, SEAOC secretary, CALBO Structural Safety Committee member, chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) Lateral Design Subcommittee for several years, and president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI).


Michelle Kam-Biron, S.E.
Former Vice President of Education for the American Wood Council

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and former Vice President of Education for the American Wood Council. Ms. Kam-Biron She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE). She is a former Director for Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and Past-President for Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). She currently volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education, the ICC Professional Development Council Education Committee and is Past-Chair of American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI) Wood Education Committee as well as Chair of the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committee.

Kirsten Zeydel, S.E.
Structural Engineering Manager
Digital Building Components

Kirsten Zeydel is a registered structural engineer in California with over twenty years of structural engineering design and management experience. She is the Structural Engineering Manager for Digital Building Components in Phoenix, AZ. Digital Building Components fabricates wall, floor, and modular components directly from coordinated 3D models using digital manufacturing. These panels and modules are built using cold-formed steel (CFS) framing and are used as the main structural system and as pre-finished exterior walls for buildings across the US. While overseeing the structural engineering, Kirsten also is involved in the architectural design of many projects including exterior finishes and code requirements for fire and sound. Still based out of Southern California, Kirsten has led over 250 projects including an 800,000 sq ft project of multi-story CFS load bearing dorm buildings and the CFS non-load bearing interior and exterior framing for a 550,000 sq ft hospital.

Carl Welty, Architect
Carl Welty Architects

Carl Welty is a California licensed architect and Principal of Carl Welty Architects. Carl has been at the forefront of green building and sustainable design for the past 30 years. Carl received his Master’s in Architecture from Yale University and his bachelor’s in architecture from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. He currently serves as Director of Architecture and Planning of the Banning Ranch Land Trust. Carl’s work focuses on energy efficient design and durable resilient construction; by leveraging natural systems including solar orientation and climate appropriate principles, and durable low maintenance building systems. Two prominent projects include a 9,000 sq ft Water Conservation Education Center that was framed with CFS and incorporated commonsense climate appropriate design principles that was 60% over Title-24 Energy Compliance Standards, and a 1500 sqft green house designed with CFS that could meet California’s earthquake design requirements for schools at 20% of the construction cost of a similar size green house built for a Los Angeles Highschool.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Individuals: Members - $25, Non-Members - $50
Firms with 2-5 Employees: Members - $100, Non-Members - $175
Firms with 6+ Employees: Members - $200, Non-Members - $275

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