Updates to the International Building Code have created opportunities for designers and developers to add value to their mixed-use and multi-family projects by increasing potential scale and density. This presentation will introduce new code language that allows more than one story of above-ground podium with up to five stories of wood-frame construction above. Using built project examples, the discussion will include impacts on design, building layout, methods for dealing with height challenges and open space utilization.
Jim Dixon, AIA, LEED AP, Togawa Smith Martin
President of the award-winning, Los Angeles-based firm, Togawa Smith Martin, Jim has over 30 years of experience as an architect, planner, designer, project manager, project director, and director of architecture for a variety of project types. He has made multi-family residential the focus of his career, and has completed more than 8,000 housing units encompassing new and renovated affordable housing, market-rate residential housing, hotels, mixed-use centers, assisted living facilities, and community centers. Jim is knowledgeable about all aspects of project development, from conceptual design through construction administration.