B.C. wood awards honour best in architectural and structural design

WoodWorks B.C. hosted its annual Wood Design Awards in early March. Pictured is the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, B.C. by Michael Green Architecture, the winner of the 2014 Wood Innovation Award. Photo courtesy WoodWorks B.C. Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks B.C. recognized excellence in building and design, leadership, and innovation in wood use at its annual event.

More than 360 attendees—including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, and industry sponsors—attended the 2015 Wood Design Awards in early March. There were 107 nominations from all over the province in 12 categories, as well as an international nomination of a B.C. project by a New York-based designer.

“Each and every one of these projects is spectacular in its own right, and demonstrates how wood can be used in innovative ways as an architectural and structural building material,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director WoodWorks B.C. “Wood products and systems have become the material of choice in mid-rise residential, as well as for the institutional, commercial, and industrial sectors. This is a paradigm shift and it is encouraging as our communities and cities want more sustainable and healthier built environments.”

Highlighted winners include:

  • Wood Champion Award: Marie-Odile Marceau (principal, McFarland Marceau Architects);
  • Engineer Award: Eric Karsh (principal, Equilibrium Consulting);
  • Architect Award: Michael Green Architecture;
  • Wood Innovation Award: Michael Green Architecture for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (Prince George); and
  • Environmental Performance Award: Matheo Durfeld for the B.C. Passive House Plant (Pemberton, B.C.).
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  1. So what happens when there is a water leak (internal or external) and the structural wood rots? It is a lot easier to fix in a lightly stressed redundant wood 4 storey structure than in a highly stressed 8 storey structure. At least steel and concrete do not rot so readily as wood does when water damage occurs. I’ve seen too many water damaged wood structures to believe that this is a good solution to durable and safe buildings.

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