Wood WORKS! Award Winners Announced: wood design solutions for diverse building types showcased

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OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - An elite group of Ontario's leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 11th annual Wood WORKS! awards celebration. The awards recognize people and organizations that, through design excellence and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in construction.

"Design professionals in Ontario are specifying wood in a wider variety of building types," said Marianne Berube, Wood WORKS! Ontario's Executive Director. "This is an exciting trend because the benefits of wood construction are so significant.  Increased wood use supports Ontario's second largest economic engine and has positive outcomes for forest dependent communities across the province ."

"Globally, design solutions that incorporate sustainably sourced wood products help us reduce our CO2 emissions.  Since wood products actually store carbon, when we use wood in place of non-renewable materials that require large amounts of fossil fuels to produce, we greatly reduce the carbon footprint of any building."

"In addition to wood's environmental advantages, new products and advancements in manufacturing have ensured that today's wood products are stronger, smarter and more versatile than ever.   As a result, applications for wood products are almost unlimited and, through design innovation, architects and engineers can create larger wood buildings of diverse occupancies that meet or exceed the requirements for safety and performance.  It is our privilege to celebrate some of the best of these buildings each year through the Wood WORKS! Awards program."

Working with the design community, Wood WORKS! connects practitioners with resources related to the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction, assists in product sourcing, and delivers educational seminars and training opportunities.

"We are proud to honour 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.

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

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2011 Ontario Wood WORKS! Award Winners

Award Winner
Green Building Wood Design Project:  Christopher Children's Centre, Cambridge, ON
Architect:  Lillepold Dowling Architects in association with CS&P Architects
Engineer:  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Interior Wood Design Project:  Salvation Army Harbour Light, Toronto, ON
Architect:  Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Engineer:  Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers
Residential Wood Design Project:  House in Frogs Hollow, Grey Highlands, ON
Architect:  Williamson Chong Architects
Engineer:  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Multi-Unit Wood Design Project:  Lippincott Living, Toronto, ON
Architect:  Bradley Netkin Architect
Engineer:  Hamann Engineering
Commercial Wood Design Project:  MTO Patrol Yard, Sundridge, ON
Architect/Engineer:  URS Architects & Engineers Canada
Institutional Wood Design <10 M Project: Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, Kenora, ON
Architect:  Nelson Architecture Inc.
Engineer:  Lavergne, Draward & Associates
Institutional Wood Design >10 M Project:  Brooklin Community Centre and Library, Brooklin, ON
Architect:  Perkins + Will Canada, Inc.
Engineer:  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Northern Ontario Excellence Award   Project:  Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, Sioux Lookout, ON  
Architect:  Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Engineer:   Neegan Burnside Ltd.
Jury's Choice Award Project:  Opeongo Road House, Bancroft, ON
Architect:  Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.
Engineer Wood Advocate Award ProjectHaiti Prototype School, Embouchure, Haiti
Engineers: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd., Read Jones Christoffersen
Consulting Engineers, Halsall Associates, Quinn Dressel Associates
Architect Wood Advocate Award Architects: Nelson Architecture, Kenora, ON
Wood Champion Award Wood Champion:  Roger Sigouin, Mayor of Hearst, ON

SOURCE Ontario Wood WORKS!

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