Wood WORKS! Award Winners Announced: wood design is healthy, sustainable, supports jobs

Ontario Wood Award Winner: Centre Inovo Centre, Hearst; Design Build: Strategik Builders - Engineer: Genivar (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Green Building Wood Design Award Winner: Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Sudbury; Architect: J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. in association with Perkins + Will - Engineer: J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Interior Wood Design Award Winner: Metropolitan Pharmacy, Toronto; Architect: JET Architecture Inc. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Residential Wood Design Award Winner: +HOUSE, Mulmur; Architect: superkül (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Multi-Unit Wood Design Award Winner: Project: 360 Lofts Condominium, Ottawa; Architect: Farrow Dreessen Architect Inc. (successor firm to Dreessen Architect) - Engineer: AAR (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Small (<$10M) Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award Winner: Kingston Park Revitalization, Chatham; Architect: Brown and Storey Architects Inc. - Engineer: Y. C. Liu Engineering Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Large (>$10M) Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award Winner: District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board Office, Thunder Bay; Architect and Engineer: FORM Architecture Engineering (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Northern Ontario Excellence Award Winner: Water Garden Pavilion, Thunder Bay; Architect: Brook McIlroy - Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

Jury's Choice Award Winner: Project: The Gathering Circle at the Spirit Garden, Thunder Bay; Architect: Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie - Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - A select group of Ontario's leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 12th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight.  The awards recognize people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction across the province.

"These are exciting times for wood design," says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project.  "Ongoing technical advancement in the wood manufacturing and construction industries, alongside creative design thinking, is giving rise to an incredible new generation of wood buildings."

"Design and construction solutions that incorporate sustainably sourced wood products support forest sector employment in the province, significantly lower the carbon footprint of any building, reduce our dependence on non-renewable materials and fossil fuels, and provide warm, beautiful, human-centered environments that people love," added Berube.  "It is our privilege to celebrate some of the best of these buildings each year through the awards program."

Twelve awards were presented at the event. Winning projects include an innovation center that took the concept of 'locally-sourced materials' to a new level, obtaining all wood materials within a 30km radius of the project; a residence whose strict indoor environment requirements were best met with wood, clearly illustrating the health benefits of wood buildings; an urban in-fill condo project that skillfully used the building code to maximize the building's height; and a park revitalization that used trees killed by the emerald ash borer to produce a facility that the jury called 'an extraordinary example in this typology of building.'

"We are proud to present the winners of the 2012 Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards; an inspiring group of people who, through their work, are creating beautiful, healthy, sustainable buildings with wood - a sustainably managed, renewable natural resource  that is grown, harvested and manufactured right here in Ontario," concluded Berube.

www.woodworksawards.com   •   www.wood-works.org

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports
the use of wood in construction. Working with the design community, Wood WORKS! connects practitioners
with resources related to the use of wood in commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-unit residential
construction, assists in product sourcing, and delivers educational seminars and training opportunities.

2012 Ontario Wood WORKS! Award Winners

Award Winner
Ontario Wood Project:  Centre Inovo Centre, Hearst
Design Build: Strategik Builders
Engineer:  Genivar 
Green Building Wood Design Project: Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury
Architect:  J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. in association with  Perkins + Will
Engineer:  J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd.  
Interior Wood Design Project: Metropolitan Pharmacy, Toronto
Architect: JET Architecture Inc.
Residential Wood Design Project: +HOUSE, Mulmur
Architect:  superkül
Multi-Unit Wood Design Project: 360 Lofts Condominium, Ottawa
Architect: Farrow Dreessen Architect Inc. (successor firm to Dreessen Architect)
Engineer: AAR
Institutional- Commercial Wood Design <10 M Project: Kingston Park Revitalization, Chatham
Architect: Brown and Storey Architects Inc.
Engineer:  Y. C. Liu Engineering Ltd.
Institutional- Commercial Wood Design >10 M Project: District of Thunder Bay Social Services  Administration Board Office, Thunder Bay
Architect:  FORM Architecture Engineering
Engineer:  FORM Architecture Engineering 
Northern Ontario Excellence Award Project: Water Garden Pavilion, Thunder Bay
Architect:  Brook McIlroy
Engineer:  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Jury's Choice Award Project:  The Gathering Circle at the Spirit Garden, Thunder Bay
Architect:  Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie
Engineer:  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Engineer Wood Advocate Award Yolles, a CH2M HILL Company
Architect Wood Advocate Award Perkins + Will
Wood Champion Award FORM Architecture Engineering

Image with caption: "Ontario Wood Award Winner: Centre Inovo Centre, Hearst; Design Build: Strategik Builders - Engineer: Genivar (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20167.jpg

Image with caption: "Green Building Wood Design Award Winner: Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Sudbury; Architect: J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. in association with Perkins + Will - Engineer: J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20170.jpg

Image with caption: "Interior Wood Design Award Winner: Metropolitan Pharmacy, Toronto; Architect: JET Architecture Inc. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20169.jpg

Image with caption: "Residential Wood Design Award Winner: +HOUSE, Mulmur; Architect: superkül (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20172.jpg

Image with caption: "Multi-Unit Wood Design Award Winner: Project: 360 Lofts Condominium, Ottawa; Architect: Farrow Dreessen Architect Inc. (successor firm to Dreessen Architect) - Engineer: AAR (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20163.jpg

Image with caption: "Small (<$10M) Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award Winner: Kingston Park Revitalization, Chatham; Architect: Brown and Storey Architects Inc. - Engineer: Y. C. Liu Engineering Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20168.jpg

Image with caption: "Large (>$10M) Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award Winner: District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board Office, Thunder Bay; Architect and Engineer: FORM Architecture Engineering (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20164.jpg

Image with caption: "Northern Ontario Excellence Award Winner: Water Garden Pavilion, Thunder Bay; Architect: Brook McIlroy - Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20171.jpg

Image with caption: "Jury's Choice Award Winner: Project: The Gathering Circle at the Spirit Garden, Thunder Bay; Architect: Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie - Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C4914_PHOTO_EN_20165.jpg

SOURCE: Ontario Wood WORKS!









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