2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins EXCEL Gold award

2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins the EXCEL Gold award in the General audience book category

This award is presented by The Associations, Media & Publishing Network – a division of SIIA.

General audience book category recognizes best writing and overall packaging of a printed or digital book written for a non-technical or lay audience.

Judge Criteria:

  • Quality of design
  • Quality and effectiveness of writing & copyediting
  • Quality of content
  • Editorial & graphic unity 

SIIA’s EXCEL Awards is the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communication. From digital publishing to magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books, and promotional content—the EXCEL Awards encompass every association communication vehicle

About the book:

2019-20 Wood Design Awards Book – Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture

 This limited edition hardcover book showcases stunning architectural design and building, and is a lasting reference for those seeking inspiration in wood design. Content includes in-depth building descriptions, detail drawings and plans, and striking color photos of award-winning projects from three key programs: Wood Design & Building Awards, US WoodWorks Wood Design Awards, and the Canadian Wood WORKS! Awards. The inspiring projects featured throughout the Awards Book are the end results from teams who were guided by tradition and inspired by the possibility of what’s to come for wood in construction.

Wood Design & Building magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, extends its appreciation to all participants of the 2019-20 awards programs and congratulates the winners featured in this book.  A special thank you to the programs’ sponsors for their ongoing support, as well as to our prestigious jurors.

Link to the webstore: Wood Design Awards Books – Canadian Wood Council Webstore (cwc.ca)

The Canadian Wood Council is pleased to share our latest report – Insuring Timber

The Canadian Wood Council is pleased to share our latest report – Insuring Timber. Over the years, CWC has commissioned several studies to investigate and understand the workings of the Canadian and Global Insurance industry as it relates to #timber. Taking a slight detour from our usual focus on technical support, this document provides a high level overview of our findings and hopes to encourage collaboration across sectors by inviting interested allies to join CWC’s proactive initiatives and programs over the coming months.













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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.”

Ontario Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture
Winning Projects Celebrated & Announced during OFIA Convention

Toronto, ON, February 24th,2021 – The Canadian Wood Council’s Ontario Wood WORKS! program joined forces with the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA)Virtual  AGM on February 24th in Toronto to recognize six winning projects as part of the Ontario Wood Design Awards program.

  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Logistics Warehouse, HDR Architects
  • Toronto Montessori School, Lower School Campus, Farrow Partners Inc.
  • Seven Generations Education Institute, Nelson Architecture Inc.
  • SmartVMC Bus Terminal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • One Young, WalterFedy Architects Engineers
  • Laurentian University New Student Centre, Yallowega Belanger Salach Architecture

    Click here to read the full press release

Builder’s Risk Insurance

The wood products construction industry has developed several technologies in recent years. Exciting products like mass timber allow for large, complex timber buildings in commercial and institutional construction. These buildings have traditionally been built using concrete or steel systems. However, with the innovation of timber products and complex framing systems, these buildings can be safely and efficiently framed using timber.

Building codes are evolving quickly to address these new systems and normalize this type of construction.  However, builder’s risk insurance rates have not been evolving along with construction and codes.  Historical risk assessment data has largely focused on light wood frame structures such as homes; but there are significant differences that exist for larger buildings that use mass timber as structural elements.

The Canadian Wood Council is working to address the difference in rates and develop new classifications to reflect the modern products that are used through our new campaign Insuring Timber.

Check out available resources HERE

Join Technical Manager Tim Buhler on the ELearning Centre for an insurance focused webinar:  https://woodworkselearning.com/


Or contact a Wood WORKS! Technical Team member!