VANCOUVER, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - 10 years of Wood Design Awards in B.C.
were celebrated by more than 350 distinguished design and building
professionals this evening at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West),
including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local
government, industry sponsors and guests. Nominees and winners of the
Wood WORKS! BC 2014 Wood Design Awards were honoured and recognized, as were those
who have participated in the Wood Design Awards in B.C. during the past
Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council,
with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use
of wood and wood products. Wood WORKS! BC provides education, training and technical expertise to building and
design professionals involved with non-residential construction
projects throughout B.C. The annual Wood Design Awards evening
recognizes leadership and innovation in wood use, while being an
opportunity to publicly honour and encourage continued excellence in
the building and design community.
There were 113 nominations in 12 categories for the 2014 awards from all
over the province, as well as some national and international project
submissions, including projects in Qingdao, China and the Yukon
Territory. All projects showcase distinctive and unique qualities of
wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. The
evening included a 10 year retrospective video journey which gave those
who attended a glimpse of how wood design and building innovation has
advanced over the past decade. Wood Champion award winners from the
past 10 years credited the awards program for pushing innovation in
design and building with wood and encouraging new types and sizes of
buildings, beautiful aesthetics, increased structural performance and
scale, and environmentally responsible design.
Mary Tracey, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC has been at the helm of the B.C. awards evening since its inception.
"We are truly in awe of the innovative and unique ways that wood has
been used both architecturally and structurally this past decade and
this year is a milestone, as we celebrate and reflect on 10 years of
excellence. The building and design community has amazed us again in
2014 with a continued exploration of the potential of wood, and showing
us what is possible through their impressive structures," she said.
Notable points about this year's nominations were the range of projects
submitted and the variety of wood use - ranging from mid-rise
light-frame wood construction to mass timber as a structural material.
The panel of four judges included Laura Hartman, Architect AIA, LEED
accredited, Fernau & Hartman Architects, Berkeley, CA; C .Y. Loh, MS,
P. Eng., Hon. MAIBC, Formerly, C.Y. Loh Associates Ltd., Vancouver,
B.C.; Rick Jeffery, President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association,
Vancouver, B.C.; and Wesley Wollin, Architect AIBC, M.Arch., BCIT
Studio Instructor | Architectural Science, Burnaby, B.C.
The Wood Champion Award was presented to Peter Busby of Perkins + Will. Mr. Busby was
recognized for championing and pioneering the use of wood in many
prominent public buildings in B.C. He was the driving force behind the
implementation of wood in projects such as the Earth Sciences Building
and Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability in Vancouver, the
Brentwood and Gilmore Skytrain Stations and the Kingsway Pedestrian
Bridge. Under the leadership of Mr. Busby, the Perkins + Will Vancouver
office has strived to improve the built environment, with a strong
dedication to the practice of sustainability. "He has pushed the
envelope in wood solutions by ensuring wood is integrated as a major
component in the design of each building," read his nomination.
Gerald Epp of Fast + Epp Structural Engineers, known and respected
internationally, and whose name is synonymous with innovative
engineering solutions, was the recipient of the Engineer Award. His project, the Bow River Bridge in Banff, Alberta, is one of the
longest timber bridges of its kind. This beautiful structure was
carefully designed, given the highly visible and historically
significant location, and through design and construction detailing,
thoroughly addressed durability and longevity. The Town of Banff
desired natural materials for environmental and aesthetic reasons, and
timber was the chosen material.
The Architect Award was presented to Mike Mammone of Ratio Architecture - Interior Design -
Planning. The use of wood was instrumental in his project, Salmon Arm
Savings and Credit Union - Uptown Branch, Salmon Arm, B.C. Innovative
wood structural systems and 100 per cent wood framing fit a design
solution focused on sustainable principles and are transferable to
projects of varying scale and typology. The architect met challenges to
permit the use of wood by utilizing a strong collaborative relationship
with all project stakeholders and shared a common vision to maximize
the use of traditional and contemporary wood systems to fulfil project
The Wood Innovation Award recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in
building design, product design and/or processes. The winner of this
category was Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing, for
his project WildPlay, in Kelowna, B.C., an impressive and fun structure
made from local wood. This high ropes adventure course explores the
limits of the structural potential of timber.
The former Green Building category has been renamed and redefined. Now
called the Environmental Performance Award, it was presented to John Wall, PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication
for his project Centennial Beach Boundary Bay Regional Park Pavilion in
Delta, B.C. The award recognizes how wood products played a significant
role in improving the overall environmental performance of a structure.
Projects nominated for this award must demonstrate that through the
deliberate use of wood from the outset, the wood products were integral
in achieving a measureable lower environmental impact such as lower
carbon footprint, reduced energy use, less pollution and higher
Winners in the wood design categories include:
Residential Wood Design: David Hewitt, Hewitt + Company Architecture - Silver Lake House,
Silver Lake, WA
Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design: Andreas Kaminski, aka architecture + design inc. - Red Sky Townhomes,
Commercial Wood Design: Mike Mammone, Ratio Architecture - Interior Design - Planning - Salmon
Arm Savings and Credit Union - Uptown Branch, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Interior Beauty Design: James Tuer, JWT Architecture and Planning - Forest House, Bowen
Institutional Wood Design - Small: Dave McIntyre, David Nairne + Associates Ltd. - Yunesit'in Health
Centre, Hanceville, B.C.
Institutional Wood Design - Large: Jennifer Marshall, Urban Arts Architecture - T'it'q'et Community Hall
+ Health Centre, Lillooet, B.C.
Western Red Cedar: Alfred Waugh, Formline Architecture + Urbanism - Liard River Hot
Springs Facility, Liard River, B.C.
There were two honourable mentions:
Peter Busby, Robert Drew, Perkins + Will - Samuel Brighouse Elementary
School, Richmond, B.C.
Karen Marler, Hughes Condon Marler Architects - UniverCity Childcare
Centre, Burnaby, B.C.
"We are pleased and proud to be celebrating a decade of Wood Design
Awards in B.C. and look forward to another," added Mary Tracey. "We
sincerely thank the architects, structural engineers, project teams,
academics, industry sponsors and many others who have supported and
participated in our awards program during this past decade."
"Wood Design Award nominees and winners have left a meaningful legacy in
our communities including sustainable human-centred buildings and
streetscapes; structures that are true to our wood heritage; employment
for people in forestry and wood products; and advancement of innovation
in wood design and building which has put B.C. on the forefront
nationally and indeed globally," concluded Ms. Tracey.
Image with caption: "Architect Award - Commercial Wood Design Award; Mike Mammone, Ratio Architecture - Interior Design - Planning; Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union - Uptown Branch; Salmon Arm, BC - Courtesy: Wood WORKS! BC (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140304_C8533_PHOTO_EN_37381.jpg
Image with caption: "Mary Tracey, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140304_C8533_PHOTO_EN_37392.jpg
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SOURCE: Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC
For further information:
For more information about the winning entries and professional photos of the projects, please contact:
Mary Tracey, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 877 929 9663 ext 1/ cell: 250 864 1344
To learn more, please visit the Wood WORKS! BC website at www.wood-works.ca/bc