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Diverse set of projects make up Wood Design winners

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by Warren Frey

VANCOUVER - The wood industry is celebrating both excellence and innovation with a diverse slate of projects.
Diverse set of projects make up Wood Design winners

The 13th annual Wood Design Awards were held on March 6 in Vancouver, showcasing wood projects and wood-focused firms from around the province, along with several projects outside Canada. There were 114 nominations in 13 categories for the 2017 awards.

Dana Westermark of Richmond, B.C.-based Oris Consulting won the Wood Champion Award for his work on implementing wood use on five- and six-storey midrise residential construction. Vancouver-based firm Fast + Epp won the Engineer Award and were cited for such projects as the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, B.C., which has an undulating wood roof structure.

The Architect Award went to Vancouver's HCMA Architecture + Design, a firm that has advocated wood as a "first choice" material in design and construction. Weir-Jones Group (Vancouver) took the Wood Innovation Award for their work on the Shoreline by MGA project, a South Vancouver office complex for an instrumentation engineering company.

The Environmental Performance Award went to the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for the Bella Bella Passive House in Bella Bella, B.C. The modular construction required fewer on-site materials and deliveries than traditional construction, reducing its carbon footprint and construction waste output.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Award, which is also part of the North American Wood Design Awards, was given to Hacker, an Oregon-based architecture firm, for its Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch project in Black Butte, Oregon.

West Vancouver's Helliwell + Smith | Blue Sky Architecture won in the Residential Wood Design category with the Arbutus House in Victoria, B.C. and the Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design Award went to Innovation Building Group Ltd. for the Solana, a multi-family complex in Whistler, B.C.

The Institutional Wood Design – Small Award went to Vancouver based Urban Arts Architecture Inc. for their work on the University of British Columbia's Engineering Student Centre on its Vancouver campus, while the Large Award went to Patkau Architects for the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, B.C.

The Tsawwassen Mills shopping complex in Tsawwassen, B.C. won Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. the Commercial Wood Design Award, while the Interior Beauty Design Award went to HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc. (Vancouver) for the Mulgrave Senior School Addition in West Vancouver.

The Western Red Cedar Award, which recognizes the use of that material on any type of project, went to the Cadboro Bay Residence project in Saanich, B.C., with work by D'Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism of Victoria, B.C.

The International Wood Design Award went to Michael Green Architecture and the DLR Group in Chicago for the T3 project, a wood-based office complex in Minneapolis, Minn. The Jury's Choice Award went to Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma and Associates for the Shaw Tower Teahouse in downtown Vancouver.

"With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce carbon impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it is playing a leading role in a design and building revolution," Wood WORKS! BC executive director Lynn Embury-Williams said. "The relentless exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program and the projects presented here this evening provide a view into the future."

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