Wood projects rise to new heights at B.C. awards

Cornerstone Architecture won WoodWorks’ Environmental Performance Award for The Heights in Vancouver.
Photos courtesy WoodWorks B.C.

WoodWorks British Columbia announced the winners of its 14th annual Wood Design Awards at the Vancouver Convention Centre, honouring excellence in wood building and design, and leadership and innovation in wood use. Presented in association with the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), this year’s awards were dominated by innovative architectural and structural design in taller and larger mass timber buildings.

“Tremendous advances in wood product research and manufacturing are transforming how we design and construct buildings and wood is emerging as a primary material in building types we wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago, including taller multi-unit residential and larger industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of WoodWorks B.C.

Vancouver’s Brock Commons Tallwood House was this year’s most celebrated building, with a win in a record three categories. Fast + Epp and GHL Consultants shared the Engineer Award for the project, while Acton Ostry Architects received both the Architect Award and the Wood Innovation Award. At the time of construction, the 18-storey building, located at the University of British Columbia (UBC), was the tallest mass timber building in the world.

Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Cornerstone Architecture won the Interior Beauty Design Award for its work on the Crofton House School Dining Hall. The firm also received the Environmental Performance Award for The Heights—Canada’s largest building designed to the Passive House standard at the time of construction.

Adera Development received the Multi-unit Residential Wood Design Award for Prodigy in Vancouver.

Winners in the wood design categories include:

  • Residential Wood Design: D’Arcy Jones, D’Arcy Jones Architecture–Okada Marshall House, East Sooke;
  • Multi-unit Residential Wood Design: Adera Development–Prodigy, Vancouver;
  • Commercial Wood Design: HDR and CEI Architecture Associates–Penticton Lakeside Resort West Wing, Penticton;
  • Institutional Wood Design (small): Kimberly Johnston, Johnston Davidson Architecture + Planning–Logan Lake Fire Hall, District of Logan Lake;
  • Institutional Wood Design (large): Roy Daykin, Okanagan College–Trades Renewal and Expansion Project, Okanagan College, Kelowna;
  • Western Red Cedar: Larry Adams, NSDA Architects–GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub (The Hub), Richmond;
  • Prefabricated Structural Wood: StructureCraft Builders– Abbotsford Industrial Shop and Office; and
  • International Wood Design: Jinjiang Zhou, Suzhou Crownhomes (Suzhou, China)–Timber Structure Enterprise Pavilion in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo, Suzhou City, China.

Other recipients include:

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