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.

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Tall Wood is on the Up-and-Up in Toronto

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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
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


Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
Architect: AUX: Projects
Structural Engineer: Wolfrom Engineering Ltd.
Photography: Simeon Rusnak Photography and Steve Ackerman
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

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
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    •

Wood Works with Rory Koska – Podcast

Check out the YourForest podcast with Wood WORKS! Alberta Program Director Rory Koska!

Click Here to Listen

YourForest podcast is hosted by Matthew Kristoff – here is the podcast description from his website:
Wood is used to build our homes, create paper so we can right literature and history and build beautiful pieces of art and furniture that we cherish for its natural beauty, but we have barely scratched the surface of woods capacity. With new technology we can build taller, stronger, more fire resistant and more beautiful buildings. Vancouver now has a building 18 stories tall built from wood, and potential exists for us to go taller yet. These structures are not only functional and meet all safety standards but are absolutely gorgeous to behold. Nothing quite warms up a room like wood grain. In this episode I talked with Rory Koska from Wood-Works about the potential of wood buildings and why they are a better alternative in many cases to steel and concrete. Topics discussed include changing specs, cross laminated timber, glulam, laminated veneer lumber, fires resistance, how tall can we go, high density wood products, beauty of wood, sustainability of wood, and much more.
May 24, 2018

Media coverage of the Prairie Wood Design Awards 2018

Advances in wood construction driving development innovations

The entrants in the Prairie Wood Design Awards point to the potential of timber-based residential development

DIN Projects designed the Pole House, a seasonal family cabin on Lake Winnipeg.

DIN Projects designed the Pole House, a seasonal family cabin on Lake Winnipeg.



An unconventional cabin raised up on recycled gas pipes and an estate home with a floating roof took centre stage at the 10th annual Prairie Wood Design Awards earlier this month on March 13 as architects, designers and engineers were applauded for pushing the boundaries of wood construction in residential buildings.
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