The Ontario Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards honour the creators of new projects that push the limits of wood design in structures that demonstrate excellence in the use of wood. Winning projects will showcase the special qualities of wood such as strength, durability, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. Projects will be located within the province of Ontario.
The nomination process is now simplified and online!
Please note the following rules and regulations:
- Projects must be located in Ontario, Canada. Projects located outside of Ontario will be deleted from the submissions.
- Projects completed within three years of the submission date will be accepted.
- Project can be nominated to only 2 categories maximum so please note the category criteria.
- Residential building will only be accepted in the residential category.
- Wood must be used in structural applications, with the exception of the Interior Design category.
- If photography requires additional credits it is the responsibility of the nominator to provide this information.
- Re submissions are allowed, but only in the year directly following their original submission.
Ontario Mass Timber Award
This award is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mass timber are large engineered wood products that include wood panels, beams and columns used for constructing floors, walls and roofs in larger buildings.
Pre-fabricated paneling systems that make a wider range of wood buildings possible include:
- cross laminated timber (CLT)
- parallel strand lumber (PSL)
- laminated veneer lumber (LVL)
- laminated strand lumber (LSL)
- glued laminated timber (glulam)
Building with these wood systems is efficient and results in high-quality construction, environmental benefits, mitigates climate change and use less energy to produce.
Nominated projects must use an abundance of Mass Timber structural wood products to be accepted in this category.
Environmental Wood Design Award
Sustainably-sourced wood products contribute significantly to the overall environmental performance of any building by reducing the embodied energy of a building, minimizing pollution, improving energy performance, and sequestering carbon. Each of these environmental benefits helps mitigate climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment. Nominations in this category will demonstrate how some, or all, of these attributes are part of the building’s design and construction.
Interior Wood Design Award
This award will be given to a non-residential or public project where wood finishes have been used extensively. Applications can include wood cladding, flooring, millwork, fixtures, furniture, and other finishes. Projects of merit will demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness as well as the particular qualities of wood including versatility, durability and beauty. Preference will be shown to projects that incorporate Canadian wood products. Wood products should be used in a non-structural capacity in these projects. This is the only category where non-structural wood will be accepted.
Residential Wood Design Award
The residential category includes single-family dwellings. The winning project will push the limits of wood design, demonstrate excellence in the use of wood, and showcase some of the special qualities of wood such as strength, durability, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. This is the only category where single-family residential will be accepted.
Mid-Rise Wood Design Award
Mid-rise wood construction in Ontario is taking off as developers, owners, project teams and municipalities fully realize the significant cost, environmental, and construction benefits mid-rise wood buildings provide. Project types considered in this category include commercial applications, offices, stores, malls, condominiums, multi-family residential, resorts, and other public buildings. Projects must be of structural wood construction, 4-6 storeys in height.
Institutional Wood Design Awards
The Institutional Wood Design Awards honour the creators of new projects that push the limits of wood design in structures that demonstrate excellence in the use of wood. Winning projects will showcase the special qualities of wood such as strength, durability, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. Institutional projects include any public spaces like hospitals, schools, long term care facilities, etc. Two awards will be given based on total project cost.
Institutional Wood Design Award: > $15 M.
This award will be given to an institutional project with a construction budget over $15 million.
Institutional Wood Design Award: < $15 M.
This award will be given to an institutional project with a construction budget under $15 million.
Commercial Wood Design Award
The Commercial Wood Design category includes office buildings, warehouses, and retail buildings such as convenience stores, ‘big box’ stores, shopping malls, etc. Winning projects in this category showcase the special qualities of wood such as strength, durability, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.
Northern Ontario Excellence Award
The Northern Ontario Excellence Award recognizes the significant contribution Northern Ontario makes to the forest economy and the special link that exists between this industry and northern communities. This award focuses on projects unique to northern Ontario that honour this relationship through the use of Ontario wood products.
Jury’s Choice Award
Nominations are not accepted in this category. The Jury’s Choice Award is given at the sole discretion of the Jury and will be presented in years where an outstanding and memorable nomination is received for a project that, for whatever reason, does not win in the category for which it is submitted.
This award for a wood advocate in the design / build industry will recognize a decision-making individual who regularly specifies, designs or builds commercial, industrial, or institutional projects with wood. This award acknowledges an individual who contributes to the selection of wood in multiple projects, overcomes objections related to wood use in projects, and leads the way for future projects in wood. The Designer/Builder Award will be presented to an individual or firm for the creation of an innovative structure, of any building type, that uses new technologies or existing technology in a new way in order to create a wood solution that advances the use of wood in the project, leading the way for future projects in wood.
Wood Champion Award
The forest products industry is an important part of the provincial economy so it is essential for leaders to be actively involved in supporting this industry on many different fronts. Whether a person’s individual efforts are focused on design, research, education, innovation or advocacy, the Wood Champion Award recognizes an individual or group whose work directly supports the future of the forest products industry. Wood Champions strive for excellence and stand out as persuasive advocates for wood.