Wood WORKS! has recognized leadership and innovation in wood use at the annual Wood Design Awards in BC on Feb. 26. at the Vancouver Convention Centre
There were 100 nominations in 14 categories this year, featuring projects of all types and sizes, and all demonstrating outstanding architectural and structural achievement using wood.
The Brock Commons – Tallwood House was the most-celebrated project, winning a record three categories, including the engineer award, the architect award and wood innovation award. The 18-storey project, located at the University of BC in Vancouver, was the tallest hybrid mass timber building in the world at the time of construction, and showcases qualities which demonstrate wood as a premier building material for the future.
The architect award and wood innovation award were presented to Acton Ostry Architects for Brock Commons – Tallwood House. Structural engineering firm Fast + Epp and fire engineering/building code consultants GHL Consultants Ltd. shared the engineer award for the project.
The wood champion award was presented to Kevin Mahon, Adera Development, Vancouver, whose firm has been a leader in innovation and best practices in the dynamic and growing market sector of five- and six- storey mid-rise wood frame residential construction.
A new category this year, the prefabricated structural wood award was presented to StructureCraft Builders Inc. for its Abbotsford industrial shop and office. With industrial buildings traditionally built with concrete and steel, this structure showcases a faster new way to construct industrial buildings using wood as the primary material, including the firm’s new product, dowel laminated timber.
Vancouver-based Cornerstone Architecture received two awards, including the environmental performance award for The Heights in Vancouver. The mixed-use project, Canada’s largest building designed to the Passive House standard when constructed, has been instrumental in setting the Passive House standard for multi-unit residential projects in Vancouver. The firm also received the interior beauty design award for an “impressive and comprehensive” use of wood in the Crofton House School Dining Hall in Vancouver.
Winners in the wood design categories include:
Residential Wood Design: D’Arcy Jones, D’Arcy Jones Architecture, Vancouver
– Okada Marshall House, East Sooke
Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design: Adera Development Corporation, Vancouver
– Prodigy, Vancouver
Commercial Wood Design: HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc., Vancouver –
Penticton Lakeside Resort – West Wing, Penticton
Institutional Wood Design – Small: Kimberly Johnston, Johnston Davidson Architecture +
Planning Inc., Vancouver – Logan Lake Fire Hall, District of Logan Lake
Institutional Wood Design – Large: Okanagan College, represented by: Roy Daykin, Kelowna
– Trades Renewal and Expansion Project, Okanagan College, Kelowna
Western Red Cedar: Larry Adams, NSDA Architects, Vancouver – GoodLife Fitness Family Autism
Hub (The Hub), Richmond
International Wood Design: Jinjiang Zhou, Suzhou Crownhomes Co., Ltd., Suzhou, China
– Timber Structure Enterprise Pavilion in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo, Suzhou City, China
The jury’s choice award was presented to Bill Downing of Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation of Penticton, who has been a wood industry leader and advocate for wood for more than 30 years. The new technologist award was presented to Karla Fraser, senior project manager at Urban One Builders Construction Management in Vancouver.
Meanwhile, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified Wood Award, part of the 2017 Wood Design & Building Awards, was presented to Innovation Building Group for its multi-unit residential project, Solana in Whistler, which demonstrates innovative ways to use responsibly sourced wood certified to the SFI Standard.
“Tremendous advances in wood product research and manufacturing are revolutionizing how we design and construct buildings, and wood is emerging as a primary material in building types that we wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago, including taller multi-unit residential, and larger industrial, institutional and commercial buildings,” Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC, said in a statement.
“BC’s architects, engineers, designers and project teams continue to explore wood’s potential with vision, passion and courage, and we applaud them this evening for their extraordinary achievements. You are making our communities more sustainable; our province more prosperous; our living and working environments more beautiful, all the while celebrating our forestry heritage by using wood,” Embury-Williams added.