Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau Appoints New Technical Services Manager

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Vincent Remer, a German native and Canadian resident with extensive experience in the design of timber-based structures, solid timber and structural timber connector systems, has joined Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) as Director technical services.

Remer holds a Master of Science in Civil and Architectural Engineering from HafenCity Universitat Hamburg, Germany and has 20 years of hands-on experience in a variety of design and timber construction roles. His master’s thesis was a comparative analysis of a cross-laminated timber building, using American and European standards.

“We couldn’t be happier to add an expert with Vincent’s pedigree to lead our technical services department,” said PLIB President Jeff Fantozzi. “His background speaks for itself, but perhaps his most underrated qualities are that he is bilingual and has multinational experience. Vincent’s experience with Canadian, European and American building systems and codes and his fluency in English and German mean he can easily relate to our North American based members, as well as to a large segment of our European members.

Prior to joining PLIB, Remer spent three and a half years with StructureCraft Builders in Abbotsford, BC, where he led the product development and code approval process for StructureCraft’s glulam, an innovative all-wood alternative to traditional CLT panels that requires no adhesives. He then oversaw the prefabrication and installation of two mass timber structures – a 36,500 sq. ft. (3,300 m2) elementary school and a 45,000 sq. ft. (4,160 m2) government office building – for Kinsol Timber Systems. In 2019, Remer founded Tie in Timber, a timber fastener design and distribution company.

Remer’s comprehensive experience in the solid wood industry was a key factor in the hiring decision. “With solid wood rapidly gaining popularity in commercial construction markets, Vince’s experience, both on the production side and as an end user, broadens our expertise in an obviously critical area,” said Fantozzi said.

Among other responsibilities, Remer becomes the primary contact for all technical and engineering issues in support of the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC), glulam producer members of PLIB, as well as glulam producer members of MSR and finger-jointed timber from PLIB. He will lead the AITC Technical Advisory Committee and the PLIB Quality and Technical Committee and represent the PLIB and AITC as a member of national and international wood products industry technical and engineering committees, including the American Wood Council’s Technical Committee and Wood Design Standards Committee, Japanese Construction Experts Committee, ANSI/APA PRG 320 Committee, and many others that are relevant to PLIB and its subscribers.

Raised and educated in Germany and a Canadian resident since 2016, Remer is currently based in Vancouver, BC, and will relocate to PLIB’s Federal Way, Washington headquarters at a later date.

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