Join Dovetail Partners at Innovations in Wood Design April 25 and 27th

Innovations in Wood Design: Trends for a Sustainable Future

Join Dovetail Partners and WoodWorks at Innovation in Wood Design events on April 25th in Duluth, MN and April 27th in Rochester, MN.


These programs will review innovative wood products and examine how the use of wood as a structural material in buildings positively impacts their carbon footprint. Attendees will learn about North American forests, effects of harvesting practices over the past 100 years and how responsible forest management can lead to positive environmental impacts. A case study on the Aspen Art Museum will also be presented exploring the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design. Cross laminated timber (CLT) framing systems and details incorporating its use will also be reviewed, along with historical context, project examples and benefits of use. Local innovative wood design and construction projects will also be featured during the workshop!




  • Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
  • Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, KL&A, Inc. Structural Engineers and Builders
  • Archie Landreman, WoodWorks


Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

When & Where Choose a location:

April 25
Univ of MN Natural Resources Research Institute



April 27
Univ of MN UCR-Heintz Center




Check-in: 8:00 am
Program begins: 8:30 am
Program ends: 1:00 pm

Fee: $30




This program is supported by the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team established through a grant awarded by the Wood Education and Resource Center, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.


About WoodWorks

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, as well as research organizations, government agencies and other funding partners. WoodWorks was established to provide free technical support as well as education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks seek to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings at less cost.


About the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team

The Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team was established in 2015 through a grant from the USDA Forest Service. The team will strive to expand wood products markets and strengthen the forest industry in Minnesota while working to reduce hazardous fuels in the Superior and Chippewa National Forests and other state, county, and private forestlands. Led by the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute and University of Minnesota Extension, the team represents Minnesota state agencies, universities, National Forests, State and other public and private landowners, economic development organizations, and private industry. This Team will focus on developing strategies and implementing on-the-ground actions that will enhance the forest industry and reduce fire risk in Minnesota in a sustainable manner. For additional information on MN SWIT, please contact Dovetail Partners at 612-333-0430.