Case Studies & Videos


Red Deer College (RDC) Student Residence is a 5,800-sq.m.
(60,000-sq.ft.), five-storey wooden structure with 145 units, designed and completed to meet the 300-bed demand for the Canada Winter Games in early 2019. RDC envisioned a building that would be a welcoming, fun home base for students; the college was well aware that isolation and lack of community support for students have a negative influence on their ability to perform in the classroom and can negatively impact their mental health and well-being. The goal was to create a “residence” that felt more like a home. Read the case study.

2019 Commercial Prairie Wood Design Awards Winner

Nestled in Calgary’s rolling foothills, the curvilinear design of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is inspired by the surrounding landscape. Glulam timber is the primary structural component, allowing for a geometrically complex design at considerably less cost than other materials. The dramatic silhouette is defined by the largest freeform timber roof structure in North America.

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2017/2018 Case Study  2015 Commercial/Institutional Wood Design Winner
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is one of the world’s foremost museums of paleontology and natural history. It tells the story of the Pipestone Creek Bonebed, its discovery, and subsequent excavation. The narrative of the museum parallels the discovery of the bonebed, the  paleontological process of reconstructing dinosaurs, and the experience of this prehistoric time. The re-erected skeleton of the native Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai dinosaur, the bonebed’s major discovery, is prominently featured at the museum entrance.

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2015/2016 Case Study

Mosaic Centre Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce was designed to be the province’s first “net-zero energy” commercial building and demonstrate the feasibility of low-energy-use buildings in cold climates. Feasibility analysis favoured wood construction to meet all building science challenges and also provide an enhanced interior work environment.
Construction started in mid-March 2014 and was completed in the fall of 2015 – three months ahead of schedule and on budget.  

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2014/2015 Case Study    2016 Interior Wood Design Showcase Winner

Meadows website imageLocated in a fast-growing area of south-east Edmonton, the new Meadows Community Recreation Centre, and associated Meadows Branch Edmonton Public Library, provides year round recreational and cultural opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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2014/2015 Case Study    Kingsway/Royal Alex LRT Station won in the 2016 Institutional Wood Design Category
Website image LRTThe architect appreciated the ability of the timber to create inviting places while respecting city construction budgets.  Wood was selected for the LRT station roofs because it offered better value compared to steel structure, especially for the undulating roof of the MacEwan LRT Station roof.

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2013/2014 Case Study 2013 Commercial Wood Design Winner
Grizzly Paw Brewing Company case study coverThe purpose of the new brewery is to augment the capacity of the existing brewpub by a factor of 8 to 10 to meet increasing demand for the Grizzly Paw brands. The Brewery was initially designed to be a steel building, but preliminary cost estimates were over-budget. An alternative conceptual design was made based on exposed heavy timber construction. The resulting timber building met all the building science challenges, saved money, and better met the Rocky Mountain architectural design motif of Canmore.

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Free publications are available for download from the the CWC website. The Council also publishes a number of paid publications that are available for purchase from the WebStore