Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Celebrating Leaders in Sustainable Design

Alberta Wood WORKS! is honoured to announce the winners of the Prairie Wood Design Awards 2021 program.  The projects included thoughtful restorations and exceptional new buildings, that showcase our proud heritage of wood construction and create legacies within our communities.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre – Smoky Lake, Alberta
    Manasc Isaac, Edmonton, AB
  • University of Alberta Botanic Garden Welcome Centre – Devon, Alberta
    Manasc Isaac, Edmonton, AB
  • The Confluence – The Summer Village of Waiparous, Alberta
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Green Building Technologies
  • Bar U Ranch Work Horse Barn, Longview, Alberta
    1×1 architecture inc., Winnipeg, MB
  • Calgary Central Library- Calgary, AB
    Dialog, Calgary, AB and Snohetta, New York, NY
  • South Haven Centre for Remembrance – Edmonton, Alberta
    Group2 Architects, Calgary, AB, SHAPE Architecture Inc and PECHET studio, Vancouver, BC
  • Maison 9732 – Edmonton, AB
    Ethos Engineering Inc. Edmonton, AB
  • Beacon – Calgary, AB
    5468796 Architecture, Winnipeg, MB

“This year’s award winners showcase ingenuity and creativity in new construction,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Alberta Wood WORKS!, “and an affinity for wood by not demolishing buildings but celebrating wood in the restoration of history through engineering and craftsmanship.”

2020 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Celebrating exceptional architecture across the Prairies
Winners Announced for Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards

Edmonton, March 12, 2020– Wood WORKS! Alberta recognized a prestigious group of leading architects, engineers and project teams at tonight’s 13th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards Celebration. The Prairie Wood Design Awards program recognizes our local design and construction professionals for their commitment to sustainable and economic building choices and utilizing Canada’s abundant renewable resource, wood.

An esteemed jury thoughtfully selected the winning projects from nearly thirty entries. The jury consisted of:

  • Carol Belanger, City Architect, Architect, AAA, FRAIC, LEED® AP, City of Edmonton
  • Shafraaz Kaba, Architect, Principal, ASK*
  • Stephan Pasche, Eng., Associate Principal, Fast + Epp

“The winning projects from our awards program demonstrate Alberta’s commitment to exploring increased options for wood in construction,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Wood WORKS! Alberta. “They showcase innovations in wood design that inspire economic and environmentally responsible options for builders and developers.  Wood is omnipresent in the buildings where we work, play and live – helping us to embrace a sustainable ethic while paying homage to exceptional design.”

Wood WORKS! Alberta and the Canadian Wood Council, extends its appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2020 Awards program, and congratulates all of the award recipients.

Forest Industry Applauds Government for Facilitating Tall Wood Construction

Edmonton, January 24, 2020 – The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood WORKS! Alberta congratulate the Government of Alberta for becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit 12 storey wood buildings province-wide.

This change raises the permissible limit for wood buildings in Alberta from 6 to 12 storeys.

“The Government of Alberta is to be commended for taking action to promote Alberta jobs and support local business,” said Paul Whittaker, President and CEO of the AFPA. “By becoming a leader in wood construction, we are adding value to our resources right here. We are also creating public spaces and homes that Albertans will cherish for generations.”

“This is a tremendous step forward for Alberta,” said Rory Koska, Program Director for Wood WORKS! Alberta. We have seen tall wood buildings sprouting up around the world. With the innovations in wood construction, building taller with mass wood will provide an economic and environmentally responsible option for builders and developers. This announcement will bring an exciting change to the architectural landscape across Alberta.”

Facts About Tall Wood Construction

  • Tall wood construction has the potential to create 400 production jobs in Alberta.
  • Tall wood construction in Alberta has the potential to consume $40 million of locally produced lumber.
  • The market for wood buildings of 7 to 12 storey buildings, in Canada, is approximately 27 million square feet.
  • Since many components of tall wood buildings are prefabricated offsite, wood buildings can be assembled more quickly, with less noise and disruption to neighbours.
  • The world’s tallest wood building is the 18 storey, 85.4 metre Mjøstårnet Tower in Norway.
  • Wood products store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing. As a low-carbon material, wood has significant potential to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions of the building sector.
  • Tall wood construction is safe. Wood buildings must meet or exceed the safety requirements for buildings constructed of materials like concrete and steel.

resources and webinars:

CLICK HERE to view information and case studies on Tall Wood Buildings

UPCOMING WEBINAR:

Encapsulated Mass Timber: a new construction type for the 2020 NBC


Mon, Mar 2, 2020 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM MST

REGISTER TODAY!

Presented by Marc Alam, Manager, Codes and Standards – fire division, at the Canadian Wood Council. This webinar will discuss the fire-related code changes in the national building code and fire code for a new construction type called Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC). EMTC is used for wood buildings up to twelve storeys. As well, the webinar will provide an overview of ongoing fire research at the National Research Council of Canada, delving into various performance aspects of mass timber construction and tall wood buildings.

Contact:
Brock Mulligan                                            
Director of Communications                     
Alberta Forest Products Association
p) 780.239.6890                                         
e) bmulligan@albertaforestproducts.ca

Barbara Murray
Communications Co-ordinator
Wood WORKS! Alberta
p) 780.392.0761
e) bmurray@in-motion-hosting.ca

 

New Case Study: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is the first recreational facility built for northwest Calgary; it serves a community of more than 100,000 residents. The curvilinear design of the facility was inspired by the rolling foothills of the surrounding landscape. Glulam timber is the primary structural component. This versatile material allowed 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.

CLICK HERE to download an electronic copy of this case study!

 

2019 Prairie Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Celebrating exceptional architecture across the Prairies
Winners Announced for Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards

Edmonton, February 12, 2019– Wood WORKS! Alberta recognized a prestigious group of leading architects, engineers and project teams at tonight’s 11th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards gala. The Prairie Wood Design Awards program recognizes projects and organizations that advance the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation. Award recipients were presented with a customized wooden trophy acknowledging their ability to push the boundaries of wood in construction.

An esteemed jury thoughtfully selected the winning projects from nearly forty entries. The jury consisted of:

  • Eleanor Brough, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (SWA), London, UK
  • Lubor Trubka, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, Principal in Charge/Lead Design Lubor Trubka Associates Architects (LTA), Vancouver, BC
  • Cory Zurell, Principal, Blackwell Structured Engineers, Waterloo, ON

“The winning projects from our awards program demonstrate Alberta’s commitment to exploring increased options for wood in construction,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Wood WORKS! Alberta. “Wood products used in these winning projects are locally sourced, architecturally appealing and sophisticated.  Wood is omnipresent in the buildings where we work, play and live – helping us to embrace a sustainable ethic while paying homage to exceptional design.”

Wood WORKS! Alberta and the Canadian Wood Council, extends its appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2019 Awards program, and congratulates all of the award recipients.

Click here to view a video of the Award Winners:

 

Winning Projects and Design Team Project images
Residential
Tall Timbers

Canmore, Alberta
Architect: russell and russell design studios
Structural Engineer: Valley Engineering
General Contractor: Mike Lakusta, General Contracting
Wood Supplier: International Timberframe
Photography: CMC Photography and Measure Services

Interior Showcase
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Calgary, Alberta
Architect: Gibbs Gage Architects with Diamond Schmitt Architects
Structural Engineer: Entuitive
General Contractor: Cana Group
Wood Supplier: Structurlam Mass Timber Corp.
Photography: Ed White Photographics

Commercial
RAW:Wasagaming

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
Architect: AUX: Projects
Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Ltd.
Photography: Simeon Rusnak Photography and Steve Ackerman
Recreational
Camp Manitou Outdoor Hockey Facility

Headingley, Manitoba
Architect: 1×1 architecture inc.
Structural Engineer: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
General Contractor: Concord Projects Ltd.
Photography: Lisa Stinner-Kun

Institutional
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

Calgary, Alberta
Architect: GEC Architecture
Structural Engineer: RJC Engineers
General Contractor: PCL Construction
Wood Supplier: Structurlam Mass Timber Corp.
Photography: Adam Mork Architectural Photography

Industry Award: (selected by Industry)

ATCO Headquarters
Calgary, Alberta
Architect: Gibbs Gage Architects with Pickard Chilton
Structural Engineer: MMP Engineering
General Contractor: Cana Group
Wood Supplier: Western Archrib
Photography: Jason Dziver Photography

Jury’s Choice
Residential
Montreal House

Calgary, Alberta
Architect: Sturgess Architecture
Structural Engineer: Enuitive
General Contractor: Karson Builders
Wood Supplier: Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., Bow Valley Exteriors
Photography: Robert Lemermeyer Photography

Wood Advocate:

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation for The Simmons Building

The Simmons Building
Calgary, Alberta
Architect: McKinley Burkart Architects
Structural Engineer: RJC Engineers
General Contractor: Stuart Olson
Client: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Photography: Roy Ooms Photography

For additional information please contact Barbara Murray: Direct 1-780-392-0761     • Main 1-780-392-1952    •     bmurray@in-motion-hosting.ca