At the same time as a trend towards sustainability is bringing increased focus on the age-old building medium of wood, recent changes to the Ontario Building Code have eased some restrictions on wood frame construction. To celebrate the growing importance of wood in modern city building, the Canadian Wood Council held their 17th annual Wood WORKS! Awards yesterday evening at the Delta Toronto, bringing together architects, engineers, developers and other construction industry professionals working with wood design and construction, as well as advocacy groups promoting the benefits of building and designing with wood.
12 awards were presented at the industry-led event, with the majority—ten awards—going to projects, and the remaining two handed out to individuals for their contributions to the advancement of wood construction in the building industry.
A full list of the dozen winners is included below:
Ontario Wood Award
Architect: Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.
Environmental Building Award
Interior Wood Design Award
Lazaridis Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Associate Architect: David Thompson Architect Ltd.
Structural Engineer: VanBoxmeer & Stranges Engineering Ltd.
Residential Wood Design Award
Mid-Rise Wood Design Award
Institutional Wood Design Award < $10 M
Institutional Wood Design Award >$10 M
Commercial Wood Design Award
Northern Ontario Excellence Award
Carpenters’ Union Local 1669 Training Centre
Thunder Bay, ON
Architect/Engineer: FORM Architecture Engineering
Jury’s Choice Award
Designer / Builder Award
Wood Champion Award
President and COO, Great Gulf Low-Rise; President, H+ME Technology
Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program followed the ceremony with the statement, “It is our privilege to celebrate Ontario’s wood design leaders through the Wood Design Award program. Wood is an extraordinary building material, as you can see from the projects that received awards tonight."
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