Ashley Rao, AIA, LEED AP, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
At over 202,000 square feet, Stadium Drive at the University of Arkansas is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall project. Framed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor and roof panels and glued-laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams, the project creates a vibrant new destination with retail dining, classrooms, maker-spaces, performance spaces, communal spaces, administrative offices, and faculty housing, along with a mix of semi-suites and pods totaling 708 beds. Presented by the project manager, this webinar will provide insights gained from the design and construction of this project, including building official review and code approval, inter-disciplinary coordination, shop drawings, construction sequencing and field modifications. This session will equip attendees with the knowledge required to approach the design and construction administration phase of innovative CLT buildings.
Ashley Rao is a licensed architect with Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston. Known for their work in complex academic and infrastructure projects, Leers Weinzapfel is an emerging leader in the field of mass timber design. Ashley is project manager for the University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Residences, a 708-bed, 202,000-sf dormitory complex under construction in Fayetteville, AR—the largest dormitory project in the US to be constructed using advanced timber technology. A graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University, Ashley is passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable buildings and urban environments.