B.C. Wood Competition Draws Record Number of Entries

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The judges for British Columbia's 2009 Wood
Design Awards have their work cut out for them - they'll have to choose
winners from a record number of impressive entries.
    "We received more than 110 entries, and the calibre of projects in each
category is fantastic - this is a true celebration of wood," says Mary Tracey,
executive director of BC Wood WORKS!, which hosts the annual competition.
"We'll be able to show the province, the country and the world what can be
done with B.C. wood through the accomplishments of our design and construction
    To date, the most entries received for the design competition has been
70. Submissions this year include new buildings and renovations, using new
timber, recycled timber and engineered wood products. There are structures of
all sizes - from one of the world's largest speed-skating facilities to a
family boathouse - in communities from Vancouver Island to the Rockies. There
are even three entries featuring the work of B.C. architects and designers in
countries outside Canada.
    "This is the fifth wood design competition, and once again we are seeing
leading-edge engineering and innovative uses of wood," Tracey said. "With our
current economic climate, it is important to support B.C.'s forest industry,
especially when it delivers environmentally sound products that offer quality,
diversity and value."
    She used two examples to illustrate the variety of entries. "The massive
33,000-square-metre Richmond Olympic Oval is the crown jewel of the 2010
Winter Olympics, with an innovative wood wave roof system that is gaining
international attention," she says. "Yet a clubhouse built by volunteers for
the Kaslo Golf Club, at a fraction of the size, is also beautiful and comes
with a great story. Club members harvested over-mature trees from the golf
course and swapped them for dry Douglas-fir logs from a local contractor."
    The 2009 Wood Design Awards competition has nine wood design categories,
as well as four leadership categories for individuals or firms that advance
the use of wood. For more information about the awards gala, which takes place
Monday, March 9 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver, visit
www.wood-works.ca and look for the BC Wood WORKS! BC Gala page.

For further information:

For further information: Mary Tracey, Executive Director, BC Wood
WORKS!, mtracey@wood-works.ca or 1-877-929-9663 ext 1

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