2017 TFEC Symposium

Mositure Durability LabWelcome to the Timber Frame Engineering Council 2017 Symposium event page. The Symposium may seem like it’s a long way off, but May 2017 will be here before you know it! 

The Timber Frame Engineering Council is planning a full and fascinating symposium in Madison, WI, to be held May 18th and 19th, 2017, immediately prior to the 2017 Guild Conference.

The planning committee, led by Dick Schmidt, has built a program that is a must for any TFEC member. Non-TFEC members will find the program compelling as well: keynote addresses by Ben Brungraber of Fire Tower Engineered Timber and Gerry Epp of StructureCraft, as well as a packed technical program, will make for two days of accelerated learning and information sharing. Symposium-goers also have the opportunity to tour the US Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), where they will be addressed by Mike Ritter, Assistant Director of Research, prior to exploring the FPL. The facility includes labs dedicated Pressure Treatment, Emerging Mechanics, Composites, Weathering, and Wood Anatomy, as well as the Advanced Housing Research Center. The TFEC Symposium is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie, manufacturer of structural connecting systems for wood, steel, masonry, concrete, and composite wood building construction.




Conference Fees

Includes all conference presentations, meals, and tour of the Forest Products Lab

  • TFG member rate $400.00
  • Non-member rate $450.00

We look forward to seeing you on May 18 & 19 in Madison, Wisconsin!

Rooms are not included with your registration. Please make your room reservations by the hotel directly at http://www.inntowner.com/reservations. Please have them reference your group code, which is TIMBER17 or mention that you are with the Timber Framers Guild Conference to get the special conference room rates. 

Transportation from Dane County Regional Airport (Madison)
To the Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison
The InnTowner offers shuttle service to and from the Dane County Airport. Phone the hotel (608-233-8778) for pick-up once you are "wheels down" on the tarmac. When you check in, you can tell the front desk staff when you'll need a ride back to the airport.

To the Edgewater Hotel
The Edgewater Hotel offers shuttle service to and from the Dane County Airport. Phone the Edgewater to arrange for service ahead of time, or when you arrive. You can arrange for return service to the airport at check in or on the day of your departure. 608-535-8200. 

Ride Share
You now also have the option to post a notice on this site to request a ride share. Just go to your dashboard, click notices, and you can create a notice with your message: that you are a driver or need a ride, along with your contact information. Then email info@tfguild.org and we will link your notice to this event page.