TACOMA, Wash. – APA Designers Circle, a new educational resource for architects, engineers, builders andbuilding code officials, is now available at www.apawood.org/DesignersCircle. The free, subscription-based program is a one-stop online resource center offering timely technical information and recommendations for wood-frame design and construction systems, along with news, industry events and links to a range of product and design recommendations.

“APA Designers Circle is a portal to extensive resources on wood-frame construction,” said APA Field Services Manager Mark Halverson. “In addition to design, application and product information, the site serves as a platform for the exchange of information and ideas for architects, engineers, building officials, members of the cademic/research community and manufacturing experts involved with engineered wood products.”

Once logged in, subscribers have access to a spectrum of Designers Circle web pages:

  • News and Events: The latest publications and updates from APA and the engineered wood industry.
  • Engineered Wood Products: Extensive information and details on sheathing, joists and beams/columns, including design properties, product reports, publication downloads and standards.
  • Wood-Framed Construction Systems: Information and guides to residential and commercial wood-framed systems, including details for advanced framing, panelized roofs and post-frame building systems, as well as floors, walls and roofs.

Designers Circle subscribers also will receive discounts on literature CDs, a bi-monthly newsletter and direct links to APA’s Product Support Help Desk. Educational opportunities, including continuing education credits through online training and webinars, are planned.

APA Designers Circle replaces and expands the offerings of APA’s Professional Associates program. Design  professionals who are members of APA’s Professional Associates are automatically enrolled in the APA Designers Circle program.

To learn more and to become part of this construction design community, visit www.apawood.org/DesignersCircle.