118th Annual Meeting

May 15-17, 2022 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina USA


Join us in historic Charleston, South Carolina for AWPA's 118th Annual Meeting at the Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of Charleston's Historic District, within easy walking distance of magnificent gardens, house museums, antique shops, local boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife that has made Charleston one of the South's premier cities.


AWPA Meeting Registration

Register to attend the meeting by April 8 for early registration discounts, or pre-register before April 29. On-site registration will be available in Charleston, but at higher rates and only if space is available.

Early Registration: Until April 8, 2022 (Members $595, Non-members $845)
Pre-Registration: April 9-29, 2022 (Members $670, Non-members $920)
On-site registration: May 14-17, 2022 (Members $745, Non-members $995)

Click here to register online

Click here to download a printable registration form


Getting to Charleston

Charleston is a short drive for many attendees in the Southeast, but for those flying to Charleston, the airport offers non-stop flights from 37 cities, and many connections through airline hubs in Atlanta and Charlotte.  The airport is 11 miles from the hotel and offers taxi, rideshare, or shuttle services.  Rental cars are also available within the airport pavilion.  The hotel offers valet parking, but self-parking is available in a parking deck adjacent to the hotel.


Hotel Reservations

The meeting will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel at 387 King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. The deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate was April 22, 2022.  Rooms may still be available at the hotel's current rates - please call +1-877-756-2121 for availability.  NOTE: The hotel is almost completely sold out over the dates of the AWPA meeting.  Nearby hotels include the Embassy Suites, Marriott Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Hotel Bennett, The Dewberry, Barksdale House, and The Pinch.


Spouse/Guest Registration

Each person accompanying a registered attendee (a spouse or any guests) must be registered to attend the receptions. A badge is required for entry to all AWPA events. There are two options for spouse/guest registration: 

1. A Receptions/Hospitality option for those who only wish to take part in the social events at the hotel, or;

2. A Receptions/Hospitality and Monday Tour event which includes a guided motorcoach tour of Charleston's Historic District, as well as a tour of the magnificent Middleton Place Plantation.  The Tour option also includes a fabulous gourmet lunch at Circa 1886, one of Charleston's most highly acclaimed restaurants, and located at the iconic Wentworth Mansion.

Please be sure to register your spouse and/or guests when you register for the Annual Meeting!


The 2022 Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament

The 2022 Hacker's Classic will be a golf experience to remember.  Set amid centuries-old live oaks along the banks of South Carolina's intracoastal waterways, the Links at Stono Ferry is on the site of a 1779 Revolutionary War battle.  With several holes along the water, wide fairways, and an exciting island green on the 18th hole, this course is guaranteed to challenge and reward golfers of every skill level.  Breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided, and rental clubs will be available if requested.  Don’t forget to sign up for the Hacker's Classic during the registration process.


Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk

The 2022 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will take participants on a tour of Charleston's historic district and Charleston Harbor on the morning of Sunday, May, 15th.  There is no charge to compete, but you must pre-register to participate.


Suppliers Showcase

The Suppliers Showcase is a great way to make potential customers aware of your products and services at a very reasonable price. The Suppliers Showcase is normally held in conjunction with coffee breaks for a more comfortable, inviting interaction with potential sales contacts. We intentionally limit the number of spaces to maximize your opportunities to meet the people who need your products and/or services. If you're interested, please select the Supplier's Showcase option during registration.

Organizations currently registered for the Suppliers Showcase are:

Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc.
Embry Automation & Controls
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, Inc.


Student Travel Fellowship Fund Contributions

Each year, AWPA is able to pay travel costs for several students to attend the meeting and present their current research.  Some of these students have been hired by organizations in the industry after graduation.  Please help support our students by contributing to the Student Travel Fellowship Fund.  You can contact us at +1-205-733-4077 to request an invoice, or you can contribute during the registration process. Organizations and individuals who have contributed to the 2022 Scholarship Fund thus far are (arranged by amount of contribution, highest to lowest):

Stella-Jones Corporation
Nisus Corporation
Michael VonPinnon

Craig McIntyre

Dave Webb
Mark Clark
Jim Healey
Jay Hudson
Brian Stults

Paul Tucker
Navnit Upadhyay
David Williams
Grady Brafford
Kyle Cassidy
Kim Klatt
Paul Merrick
Beth Stokes
Greg Traczek
Mitchell McCord
Stacey McKinney
Alan Preston
Ken Grace
(list will be updated as new donations are received)


Things to See and Do in Charleston

The official website of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau has so much information on all there is to see and do while in town.  Visit their site now to begin planning your trip:

Explore Charleston!


118th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

Meeting General Chair: Kyle Cassidy
General Vice Chair: (TBA)
Program Chair: Kevin Archer


Saturday, May 14, 2022

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting   Poinsette Room (Mezzanine Level)


Sunday, May 15, 2022

7:00 am - Motorcoach departs for Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament   Meet at Calhoun Street Entrance

8:00 am - Pickler's Prance 5k Fun Run/Walk   Meet in Frances Marion Hotel Lobby

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open   Mezzanine Level

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase Setup   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Task Group Meetings   Carolina Ballroom A (Mezzanine Level)

  • 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm - P-5 Standard Reference Materials Task Group

  • 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm - T-7 Standard M22 Task Group

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Treated Wood Council Government Affairs Meeting (TWC members only, please)   Gold Ballroom (Second Floor)

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm - New Member Reception (by invitation only)   Colonial Room (Lobby Level)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm - President's Reception   Colonial Room (Lobby Level)


Monday, May 16, 2022

8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open   Mezzanine Level

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

8:30 am to 10:15 am - Combined Opening Session and Business Session   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)

  • Welcome and recognition of sponsors and guests

  • Protectant General Committee Report:  Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

  • Treatments General Committee Report:  Bill Buczek, UFP Industries

  • Vice President's Address:  Kevin Archer, Viance

  • President's Address:  Patrick Stark, Stella-Jones Corporation

  • Business Session

8:45 am to 3:30 pm - Spouse/Guest Tour (for those registered for the tour option)   Meet at Calhoun Street Entrance

10:15 am to 10:30 am - Break   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

10:30 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 1: Keynote Session Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Patrick Stark, Stella-Jones Corporation
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  • Trends Impacting the North American Forest Economy.  Peter J Coutu, Vice President of Operational Excellence, Forest2Market.

  • A Lumberman's Perspective on the Wood Preserving Industry.  Furman Brodie, President, Charles Ingram Lumber Company.

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University
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  • The 2022 Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture, entitled "Wood Architecture – Current Trends in Mass Timber and Thoughts About Exposing Wood" will be presented by Uli Dangel of the University of Texas at Austin.  Uli is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, construction, architectural detailing, and structural design. He received a Diploma in Architecture from Universität Stuttgart in Germany and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. His professional career led him to London where he worked for internationally renowned architecture firms Foster and Partners as well as Grimshaw. He is a registered architect in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Texas and maintains an Austin-based design practice.

Research Symposium Presentations are as follows:

  • Plant Polyphenolic Extracts as Natural Pesticides for Wood Protection Treatments.  Jean-Paul Joseleau, Berkem.

  • Advances in Cottonseed-Guayule Resin Research as a Bio-Based Adhesive for Hardwood Plywood. Edward Entsminger, Mississippi State University.

  • Durability of 33-year-old Preservative Treated Test Structures in Mississippi. Brianna Duquette and Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University.

  • How Industry-University Partnership Drives Innovation. Tammy França, Mississippi State University.

  • Automated Means to Wood Failure Prediction. Ramon Oliveira, Mississippi State University.

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm - Break   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

3:15 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 3:  Student Presentations   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator:  Kevin Archer, Viance LLC
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  • Thermally Modified Wood Particles for Production of Water and Fungi Resistant Wood Plastic Composites. Edgars Kuka, Latvian Institute of Wood Chemistry.

  • Migration Assessment of 16-PAH into Soil and Water Column from Creosote-treated Douglas-fir and Southern Pine Poles: Preliminary Results. Skyler Foster, Oregon State University.

  • Switchable Superhydrophobic Titania Coating on Wood Surface by Using Liquid-Precursor Flame Spray Pyrolysis. Ganesh Sedhain, Mississippi State University.

  • Selected Mechanical and Physical Properties and Durability of Modified Alder Wood (Alnus glutinosa Gaertn.). Juliusz Formella, Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

  • Development of Preservative-Treated Cross-Laminated Timber: Effects of Panel Layup and Thickness on Preservative Penetration and Retention. Samuel Ayanleye, Mississippi State University


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open   Mezzanine Level

8:00 am to 3:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Technical Session 4:  Preservative Analysis and Performance   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Kyle Cassidy, Stella-Jones Corporation
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  • Sample Preparation Guidelines for X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzers.  Kim Merritt, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, Vickie Luckie, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, and Robert Bartek, Applied Rigaku Technologies.

  • Copper Naphthenate - Data and Capability Update.  Jae-Woo Kim, Nisus Corporation.

  • Research on Carrier Oils and their Contribution to Preservative Performance and Depletion of IPBC/Permethrin Formulation. Geoff Webb, Troy Corporation.

  • A Leaching Study of Coated Wood Pilings in Saltwater. Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University.

  • AWPA and Zinc Borate.  Mark Manning, Nisus Corporation.

  • Long-term Performance of ACQ and CCA Treated Radiata Pine Heartwood Decking in a Subtropical Above-ground Exposure.  Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • Durability of Pressure Treated Domestic Hardwood Trailer Decking in the Tropical Rainforest. Xinfeng Xie, Michigan Technological University.


10:00 am to 10:15 am - Break   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

10:15 am to 12:00 noon - Technical Session 5: Public Utility and Railroad Issues   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Brad Crawford, Stella-Jones Corporation
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  • Assessing Utility Pole Strength with Ultrasonic Stress Waves. Frederico Franca, Mississippi State University

  • The Role of Wood Utility Poles and Preservatives in Grid Resiliency. Chad Newton and Robert Batchelor, Osmose Utilities Services.

  • Assessment of Borate Rods as a Utility Pole Internal Remedial Treatment Beyond a Standard Inspection Cycle. Matt Konkler, Oregon State University.

  • Exterior Fire Retardant Coating for Utility Poles. Min Kuang and Jun Zhang, Koppers Performance Chemicals

  • DCOI Migration in Soil from Utility Poles and Comparison of Detection Methods. Leon Rogers, Oregon State University.

  • The Railway Tie Association: Past, Present, and Future. Nathan Irby, Railway Tie Association.

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Technical Session 6: Environmental Considerations   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Jake Munson, UFP Retail Solutions
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  • Regulatory Overview and Wood Preserving. Robert Smith, KU Resources.

  • Developing Environmental Benchmarks for New Chemistries: Opportunities for Collaboration. Christine Britton, International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.

  • EPA Regulatory Update on Wood Preservatives. Peter Bergquist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Environmental Justice. Amy Bauer and Dana McCue, EHS Support.

  • Assessment of Metal Migration from Treated Vineyard Trellising and Garden Boxes into Soil and Plant Biomass. Matt Konkler, Oregon State University

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm - Break   Prefunction A (Mezzanine Level)

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 7: Durability of Mass Timber   Carolina Ballroom (Mezzanine Level)
Session Coordinator: Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
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  • The Current Status of Hardwood Cross-Laminated Timber. Sailesh Adhikari, Virginia Tech University.

  • Service Life Prediction of Coated CLT: Is It Possible to Estimate When It's Time to Recoat? Gabriela Bobadilha and Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University.

  • Resistance of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) to Subterranean Termites. Tammy França, Mississippi State University.

  • Assessment of Termite and Decay Damage to Mass Timber Elements in AWPA Ground Proximity and Above Ground Field Tests in Southern Mississippi. Mark Mankowski, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

  • Design and Prototyping of Mass Timber Noise Barriers for Highways. Adelaide Heigel, Clemson University.

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Closing Reception and Award Presentations   Colonial Room (Lobby Level)


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

8:00 am to 9:00 am - Railway Tie Association R&D Committee Meeting   Carolina Ballroom A (Mezzanine Level)

9:30 am to 12:00 noon - Accredited Standards Committee O5 Meeting   Carolina Ballroom A (Mezzanine Level)


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