Ontario Wood WORKS! Award Winners Announced: Sustainable, cost-saving wood solutions just the beginning

 

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - A select group of Ontario's leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 13th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight.  The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction across the province.

"Wood design in Ontario is experiencing a renaissance," says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project.  "We received 102 nominations this year, the most we've received in any given year, which is impressive when you consider that all of these projects have recently been built in Ontario."

"There are many reasons for the increased use of wood in contemporary architecture," explains Berube.  People understand and appreciate wood's environmental benefits and, in many applications, designers and developers are also reporting significant time and cost savings. Also, new products and design innovations have expanded opportunities for using wood.  Around the world we're seeing that it is a viable option for all types of construction including midrise buildings, sustainable urban densification, and even tall wood buildings. 

Winning projects this year include Algonquin College's new Perth Campus, a 4-storey retirement residence that is over 107,000 square feet in size, and a community centre whose appealing wood design is credited with helping contribute to the overwhelming success of the facility and significant growth in recreation and leisure activity in Richmond Hill.

A total of twelve awards were presented at the event. "We are privileged to have this chance to celebrate the people who, through their work with wood, enrich our built environment and lead the way for future excellence and innovation in wood design and building," concluded Berube.

Individual project profiles and high-resolution colour photos available on request.

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports the use of wood in all types of 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 to existing and future practitioners.

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

2013 Ontario Wood WORKS! Award Winners

Award and Sponsor Winner
Ontario Wood
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Project: The Westhill, Waterloo, ON
Architect:  Robert J Dyck Architect & Engineer Inc.
Engineer:  Robert J Dyck Architect & Engineer Inc.
Green Building Wood Design
Sponsor: OWL Distribution
Project:  Algonquin College, Perth Campus, Perth, ON
Architect: GRC Architects Inc.
Engineer:  Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd.
Interior Wood Design
Sponsor: Tembec
Project:  Lululemon Yorkdale, Toronto, ON
Design Team:  Lululemon Athletica, Brothers Dressler, Quadrangle Architects
Residential Wood Design
Sponsor: Weyerhaeuser
Project: Kennisis Lake House, Haliburton, ON
Architect:  Altius Architecture Inc.
Engineer: CUCCO engineering + design
Multi-Unit Wood Design
Sponsor: Brockport Systems Ltd.
Project: Woodland Village Stacked Townhomes, London, ON
Architect: Orchard Design Studio Inc. and GB Architect Inc.
Engineer:  Strik Baldinelli & Associates Ltd.
Institutional- Commercial Wood
Design <$10 M  Sponsor: Ontario
Wood Truss Fabricators Association
Project:  Holy Spirit Church, Barrie, ON
Architect:  Larkin Architect Ltd.
Engineer:  Stantec
Institutional- Commercial Wood
Design >$10 M
Sponsor: Resolute Forest Products
Project:  Oak Ridges Community Centre, Richmond Hill, ON
Architect:  Perkins+Will Canada
Engineer:  Smith + Andersen   
Northern Ontario Excellence Award
Sponsor: FedNor
Project:  Batchewana First Nations Health Facility, Rankin Reserve, ON
Architect:  EPOH Inc.
Engineer:  STEM Engineering Group Inc.   
Jury's Choice Award
Sponsor: Louisiana Pacific
Project:  Local Church of the Saints, Toronto, ON
Architect:  C. Y. Lee Architect
Engineer:  Blackwell Structural Engineers
Engineer Wood Advocate Award
Sponsor: Nordic Engineered Wood
Winner: David Moses, Moses Structural Engineers Inc.
Architect Wood Advocate Award
Sponsor: Timber Systems Limited
Winner: CS&P Architects
Wood Champion Award
Sponsor: Natural Resources Canada
Winner:  Steve Boyd, Quaile Engineering

For additional information, photos, or to arrange interviews contact Sarah Hicks:
1-866-886-3574 ext. 3     •     1-705-796-3381 (cell / best)     •     shicks@cwc.ca

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports the use of wood in all types of 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 to existing and future practitioners.

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

 

Image with caption: "Multi-Unit Wood Design Award Winner - Woodland Village Stacked Townhomes, London, ON; Architect: Orchard Design Studio Inc. and GB Architect Inc.; Engineer: Strik Baldinelli & Associates Ltd. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33213.jpg

Image with caption: " Ontario Wood Award Winner - The Westhill, Waterloo, ON; Architect: Robert J Dyck Architect & Engineer Inc.; Engineer: Robert J Dyck Architect & Engineer Inc (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33212.jpg

Image with caption: "Green Building Wood Design Award Winner - Algonquin College, Perth Campus, Perth, ON ; Architect: GRC Architects Inc.; Engineer: Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. (Credit: Roy Timm, c/o Algonquin College) (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33218.jpg

Image with caption: "Interior Wood Design Award Winner - Lululemon Yorkdale, Toronto, ON; Design Team: Lululemon Athletica, Brothers Dressler, Quadrangle Architects (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33210.jpg

Image with caption: "Residential Wood Design Award Winner - Kennisis Lake House, Haliburton, ON; Architect: Altius Architecture Inc.; Engineer: CUCCO engineering + design (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33209.jpg

Image with caption: "Institutional-Commercial <$10M Wood Design Award Winner - Holy Spirit Church, Barrie, ON; Architect: Larkin Architect Ltd.; Engineer: Stantec (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33208.jpg

Image with caption: "Institutional-Commercial <$10M Wood Design Award Winner - Oak Ridges Community Centre, Richmond Hill, ON; Architect: Perkins+Will Canada; Engineer: Smith + Andersen (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33211.jpg

Image with caption: "Northern Ontario Excellence Award Winner - Batchewana First Nations Health Facility, Rankin Reserve, ON; Architect: EPOH Inc.; Engineer: STEM Engineering Group Inc. (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33205.jpg

Image with caption: "Jury's Choice Award Winner - Local Church of the Saints, Toronto, ON; Architect: C. Y. Lee Architect; Engineer: Blackwell Structural Engineers (CNW Group/Ontario Wood WORKS!)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131113_C6194_PHOTO_EN_33206.jpg

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/11/13/20131113_C6194_DOC_EN_33217.pdf

SOURCE: Ontario Wood WORKS!

For further information:

For additional information or to arrange interviews contact Sarah Hicks:
1-866-886-3574 ext. 3     •     1-705-796-3381 (cell / best)     •     shicks@cwc.ca

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