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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!

A Nuclear First for Canada – Wood Used at the Chalk River Laboratories

The wood products industry can add ‘nuclear’ to its resume! The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) project located in Chalk River, represents the first research campus in the country to use engineered mass timber as a structural material. The new wood hybrid buildings will receive support under the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. The Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada, aims to broaden the awareness of wood as a sustainable and renewable construction material and to increase the domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction. Read the press release

2019 Ontario Wood Works! Awards Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2019 Wood Works! Awards Winners! 

See a full list of winners here: 2019 Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Winners

Thank you to our sponsor of the 2019 edition of the Wood Works! Ontario Awards!