Winners of the Ontario Wood WORKS! 2014 Wood Design Awards announced

A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams recently received Wood Design Awards at the 14th annual Wood WORKS! celebration. The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.

“The role of wood in commercial and institutional construction is growing,” says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. “Over the last 14 years, we’ve seen all kinds of wood buildings nominated for awards and this year is no exception.” 

Winning projects this year include the wood veil at Lansdowne Park’s CFL stadium in Ottawa, three schools, a recreation complex, as well as some very unique artistic projects.

“There are many reasons for the increased use of wood,” explains Berube. People understand and appreciate wood’s environmental benefits and, in many applications, designers and developers are also reporting significant time and cost savings. Also, new products, advancements in manufacturing, and innovative designers have expanded opportunities for using wood.”       

“This year is a particularly special celebration because it marks the beginning of a new era for wood construction. We are not only privileged to recognize the winners of this year’s awards program but also pleased to celebrate the Ontario Building Code changes that have created opportunities for the construction of entirely new building types in Ontario. We are all excited about the future of wood construction in the province and look forward to the first six-storey wood-frame building built in Ontario,” concluded Berube. 

The winners of the 2014 Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards follow.

Ontario Wood Award: Grotto in Sans Souci, Ontario by Partisan Projects and Moses Structural Engineers Inc.

Green Building Wood Design Award: Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata, Ontario by Salter Pilon Architecture Inc. and exp Services Inc.    

Interior Wood Design Award: School of Social Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario by Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with KWC Architects, and Halsall Associates

Residential Wood Design Award: Great Gulf Active House in Thorold, Ontario by superkül and Quaile Engineering

Multi-Unit Wood Design Award: Southdown Institute in Holland Landing, Ontario by Montgomery Sisam Architects and Read Jones Christoffersen

Institutional – Commercial Wood Design Award < $10M: St. Victor Catholic School in Mattawa, Ontario by Larocque Elder Architects, Architectes Inc. and Halsall Associates Ltd.

Institutional – Commercial Wood Design Award > $10M: Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Ontario by CannonDesign Ltd. and Halsall Associates/Moses Structural Engineers Inc.

Northern Ontario Excellence Award: Victoria Linklater Memorial School in North Spirit Lake, Ontario by Architecture 49 and WSP Group

Jury’s Choice Award: Deer Clan Longhouse in Crawford Lake, Ontario by Brook McIlroy and Blackwell

Engineer Wood Advocate Award: Blackwell of Toronto

Architect Wood Advocate Award: ZAS Architects of Toronto

Wood Champion Award: Ontario Home Builders Association, RESCON, BILD, AMO, Chair of FONOM, Chair of NOMA

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