Robert Malczyk


Director Mass Timber Engineering
Katerra

Robert belongs to a rare breed of university-trained, specialized timber engineers. Following graduation with a Master’s degree from Warsaw Technical University, Robert set his eyes on Canada, for an opportunity to study at UBC under the world renowned professor and practicing engineer Borg Madsen, inventor of the now widely used timber rivet connection system. During his last year at UBC, Robert was offered a position with J. Novacek & Associates, a leading innovative Vancouver consulting firm in the field of timber engineering. Robert spent four years with Novacek, where he carried out the structural design of a number of landmark projects such as the Odlum Drive condominium project with architect Peter Cardew and the Engine 374 enclosure at the Vancouver Roundhouse

Professional Experience
In 1997, Robert co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Through his career, Robert has worked on over 600 projects, several of which have received awards, including the Hooded Merganzer Restaurant in Penticton with Nick Bevanda Architect and the Art Gallery of Ontario Galleria Italia with architect Frank Gehry, one of the most complex timber structures ever built.

Robert is a long-standing member of the O86 “Engineering Design in Wood” code committee, and a member of the recently formed CLT code committee. Robert is regularly invited to lecture on the subject of timber engineering at national and international symposiums and conferences. Robert is committed to sustainability and energy performance and was involved in the design of the first “Passivhaus” projects in Canada.

Breakout Presentation Topic:
Standard Designs, Flexible Solutions.
Expanding Mass Timber Adoption through Flexible Building Approaches

Katerra has developed a suite of standardized engineered mass timber solutions – buildings, connections, and performance tests. Our solutions are designed to be flexibly applied across a variety of building types (MF, commercial, academic, etc.), geographies, and budget requirements. Our solutions are designed to optimize use of our expanding menu of CLT products that includes a range of species, thickness, and strengths. By deploying these pre-designed, pre-tested solutions, developer, architect, and engineer partners can accelerate design time and deploy validated mass timber solutions at lower cost.

Standardized Building Solutions:

  • Office Product
  • CFS/CLT Multi-story residential
  • Commercial CLT enclosure

I will close with a case study of a project underway that demonstrates application of standard approaches on a unique building: Foster School of Business in Seattle.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify specific building features that can leverage existing MT structural innovations in early-stage projects
  2. Accelerate design schedules
  3. Identify cost savings opportunities by deploying pre-designed building elements
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