BY BRADLEY FEHR - The 10th anniversary of B.C. Wood Design Award recognized leadership and innovation in wood design.
“We are here to honour architects, engineers, project managers and builders for the amazing projects they’ve designed,” said Mary Tracey, executive director of WoodWorks! B.C.
Twelve different awards were handed out at a gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year, there were 113 nominations for projects that have been built over the last three years.
“The quality of nominations has really improved over the years,” Tracey said.
This year’s Wood Champion Award went to Peter Busby of Perkins + Will.
He was recognized for championing and pioneering the use of wood in many prominent public buildings in B.C.
He was described as the driving force behind the implementation of wood in projects such as the Earth Sciences Building and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, the Brentwood and Gilmore SkyTrain Stations and the Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge.
The Architect Award was presented to Mike Mammone of Ratio Architecture – Interior Design – Planning Inc.
Wood was prominently used in his project, the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union – Uptown Branch in Salmon Arm, B.C. for which he also earned the Commercial Wood Design Award.
“There are so many challenging things we can do with wood,” he said.
“We enjoy the natural feel it gives all of our projects and all our spaces.”
Gord Macdonald with Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing took home the Wood Innovation Award for WildPlay, in Kelowna, B.C.
His high-ropes adventure course was described as exploring the limits of the structural potential of timber.
He said that the project included the innovative use of trussed columns as the mainstays of the swing support.
“Wood is such an extraordinary material to work with and such a dynamic material, as well,” he said.
The project utilized extremely long timbers that were helicopter logged in the Port Alberni Valley.
However, they needed to find a way to stiffen them so they performed like steel.
They ended up using a hybrid structure with steel and wood to achieve the results they needed.
“Wood is probably the only material light enough to have achieved the structure we were after,” he said.
The Engineer Award went to Gerald Epp of Fast + Epp Structural Engineer.
His project, the Bow River Bridge in Banff, Alberta, is one of the longest timber bridges of its kind in the world.
The Town of Banff desired natural materials for environmental and aesthetic reasons, so timber was used.
The former Green Building Award was renamed the Environmental Performance Award. It was presented to John Wall with PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication for the Centennial Beach Boundary Bay Regional Park Pavilion in Delta, B.C.
The award recognizes how wood products played a significant role in improving the overall environmental performance of a structure.
The Multi<0x2010>Unit Residential Wood Design Award went to Andreas Kaminski with aka architecture + design inc. for Red Sky Townhomes in Whistler, B.C.
Jennifer Marshall, Urban Arts Architecture, took home the Institutional Wood Design <0x2010> Large Award for the T’it’q’et Community Hall + Health Centre in Lillooet, B.C.
The Institutional Wood Design – Small Award went to Dave McIntyre with David Nairne + Associates Ltd. for the Yunesit’in Health Centre in Hanceville, B.C.
Alfred Waugh with Formline Architecture + Urbanism won the Western Red Cedar Award for the Liard River Hot Springs Facility, Liard River, B.C.
The Interior Beauty Design Award was presented to James Tuer of JWT Architecture and Planning for his work on Forest House on Bowen Island.
The Residential Wood Design Award went to David Hewitt with Hewitt+Company Architecture for Silver Lake House in Silver Lake, WA.
Wood Works! B.C. is a project of the Canadian Wood Council. It supports innovation and provides leadership on the use of wood and wood products.
At the end of the evening, Tracey announced her retirement from WoodWorks! BC and received a standing ovation from the more than 350 design and building professionals in attendance.