Ontario Wood Works Award Winners Announced

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TORONTO – BUSINESS – A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 15th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight.  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 winning projects of this year’s program showcase the many benefits of wood construction,” says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program.  “All of these buildings were thoughtfully created with people in mind. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a large commercial building or a small residential addition, a performance hall or a bar.  Wood is a sustainable, innovative, cost-effective building solution that can meet the needs of many projects.”

Ontario Wood WORKS! handed out twelve awards at the event; nine went to specific wood projects and three were given to professionals whose contributions to the design/build community made them stand out as wood design experts and advocates.  Among the winning projects were the new St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Pointe Cabin, the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, and the inimitable Bar Raval.

Wood use is definitely on the rise, and not just because new code changes adopted earlier this year permit its use in a wider range of buildings. “There are many reasons for the increased use of wood,” explains Berube.  “Wood has significant environmental advantages over competing materials and, in many applications, designers and developers are reporting significant time and cost savings. Prefabrication is also creating a lot of interesting new opportunities for wood construction, particularly in the mid-rise sector.”

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports the use of wood in all types of construction. Working with the design community, Wood WORKS! connects practitioners with resources related to the use of wood in commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-unit residential construction, assists in product sourcing, and delivers educational seminars and training opportunities to existing and future practitioners.

2015 Ontario Wood WORKS! Award Winners



Ontario Wood Award

Sponsored by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Project:  St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market (St. Jacobs, ON) 

Architect:  Architecture Incorporated, Architect 

Engineer:  Blackwell

Environmental  Building Wood Design Award
Sponsored by Ontario Lumber Manufacturers Agency

Project:  Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre (Stouffville, ON)

Architect and Engineer:  Dialog

Interior Wood Design Award
Sponsored by Boise Cascade

Project:  Bar Raval (Toronto, ON)

Architect: PARTISANS

Residential Wood Design Award

Sponsored by Ontario Wood Truss Fabricators Association 

Project:  Pointe Cabin (Georgian, ON)

Architect:  superkül inc.

Multi-Unit Wood Design Award

Sponsored by Weyerhaeuser

Project:  Windows on the Green Condominium (Mississauga, ON) 

Architect:  SMV Architects, Romanov and Romanov

Engineer:  RJC Engineering

Institutional- Commercial Wood Design Award < $10 M
Sponsored by Resolute Forest Products

Project:  Toronto Public Library, Scarborough Civic Centre Branch (Scarborough, ON) 

Architect:  LGA Architectural Partners with 

Philip H. Carter Architect + Urban Planning   

Engineer:  Blackwell

Institutional- Commercial Wood Design Award >$10 M

Ontario Forest Industries Association

Project:  Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library, Phase 1 (Brampton, ON)

Architect:  ZAS Architects

Engineer:  Halcrow Yolles

Northern Ontario Excellence Award

Sponsored by FedNor

Project:  École Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Kindergargen Addition (Kenora, ON)

Architect:   Nelson Architecture

Engineer:   Lavergne Draward and Associates

Jury’s Choice Award

Sponsored byLP Building Products

Project:  Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts (Kingston, ON)

Architect:   N45 Architecture

Engineer:   Halsall 

Engineer Wood Advocate Award

Sponsored by FPInnovations

Moses Structural Engineers (Toronto, ON)

Architect Wood Advocate Award

Sponsored by Timber Systems Ltd.

Quadrangle Architects (Toronto, ON)

Wood Champion Award

Sponsored by Natural Resources Canada

Mike Seiling, Director of Building, City of Kitchener; Immediate Past President, Ontario Building Officials Association 

SOURCE Ontario Wood WORKS!

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