B.C. Wood Design Awards honour innovation in residential and commercial structures

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 12th, 2013

Winning designs included the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, and three new buildings at the University of B.C.

Fourteen British Columbia architects, contractors and engineers were honoured Monday night at the B.C. Wood Design Awards for their innovative use of wood that, according to awards organizers, is growing in popularity as the building material of choice for beauty and sustainability.

“We are truly amazed by both the structural and architectural uses of wood; we are seeing innovation beyond anything we could have imagined a decade ago,” said Mary Tracey, executive director of awards sponsor Wood WORKS! and co-MC of the event.

Winning designs included the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, and three new buildings at the University of B.C. – the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, the Earth Sciences Building, and the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility.

Twelve awards and two honourable mentions were handed out at gala ceremony attended by 350 people at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Judges recognized green touches, such as a Revelstoke residence built with solid wood panel walls and held together with wooden screws.

It is the ninth year for the awards, which recognize leadership and innovation in wood use.

There were 98 nominations.

“Builders and designers have always embraced wood for its beauty and sustainability, and now with technological advances in wood products, they are recognizing it as a building material that offers them opportunities to create distinctive and expressive projects because of its remarkable versatility, flexibility and cost-effectiveness,” said Tracey

The top honour, the Wood Champion Award, went to Vancouver consulting engineering firm, Equilibrium Consulting, chosen for their work on such projects as City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation and Prince George Airport. Equilibrium co-founder Eric Karsh was also the recipient of the Engineer Award.

Other winners included:

  • Architect Award: Kimberley Smith and Bo Helliwell of Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture of West Vancouver.
  • Wood Innovation Award: Peter Busby and Jim Huffman of Perkins + Will for VanDusen project.
  • Green Building Award: Peter Busby of Perkins + Will for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC.
  • Residential Wood Design: Kimberley Smith, Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture for Solar Crest, Sidney Island, B.C.
  • Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design: Oliver Lang, Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture for Monad, Vancouver.
  • Commercial Wood Design: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd. for the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, UBC.
  • Interior Beauty Design: Andreas Kaminski, aka architecture + design inc. for the Queen of Peace Monastery, Squamish.
  • Institutional Wood Design, Small: Graham D. Fligg, Merrick Architecture — Borowski Sakumoto Fligg Ltd. for the Klahoose First Nation New Relationship Centre, Cortes Island.
  • Institutional Wood Design, Large: Jana Foit, Perkins + Will for the UBC Earth Sciences Building.
  • Western Red Cedar: Pam Chilton, Zimba Design for The Urban Longhouse, North Vancouver.
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