2016 Wood Design Awards in BC winners announced

Winner of the Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design: Dale Staples, Integra Architecture Inc. – The Dominion, New Westminster, BC


Winner of the Residential Wood Design: Leland Dadson, Architect – CLT Courtyard House, Vancouver, BC


Winner of the International Wood Design: Gerald Epp, StructureCraft Builders – Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Centre, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China

Wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and mid-rise construction were in the spotlight at the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. The 12th Wood Design Awards presented by Wood WORKS! BC recognises leadership and achievements in advancing wood use in design and building

A total of 103 nominations in 13 categories were received from all over the province, as well as some national and international submissions, including England, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan for the new International Wood Design category.

“Advances in wood product research, design, engineering and construction practices have expanded the possibilities for wood in building and design,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Wood WORKS! BC.

“We are not only playing an important role in sustainable development and climate change mitigation, we are also creating a contemporary built environment that celebrates our heritage. The forest industry is the foundation of our province and we’re proud to showcase our sustainably sourced wood products in our remarkable buildings to the world.”

Wood WORKS! BC is a national industry-led programme of the Canadian Wood Council, which supports innovation and provides leadership on the use of wood products and systems.

The panel of four judges were: Ian Niamath, Architect AIBC, Dip. Arch., Poly., RAIC, Nanaimo, BC; Joseph Mayo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Mahlum Architects Inc., Seattle, WA; Mark Porter, FIStructE, P.Eng., Struct.Eng, Division Manager – Buildings & Facilities Technical Services, Associated Engineering, Burnaby, BC and Peter Wood, Western Canada Region Manager, Weyerhaeuser, Vancouver, BC.

Some of the awards include the Wood Champion Award, presented to Andrew Harmsworth of GHL Consultants Ltd. Mr Harmsworth is a long-time advocate of using wood as a safe and fire-resistant construction material. He was chosen for his contributions to the establishment of wood-friendly building code changes and for his leadership on tall wood construction in BC and Canada.

Patrick Cotter, of ZGF Cotter Architects Inc. of Vancouver, was the 2016 recipient of the Architect Award. He pioneered the first six-storey wood-framed residential building in Canada, and is an advocate for promoting wood as a sustainable and optimal material in the design and construction of housing. His projects include Quattro in Surrey and Parc Riviera in Richmond.

Gerald Epp, StructureCraft Builders, won the International Wood Design for the Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Centre in Qingdao, China

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Award was presented to KH Designs of West Kelowna for the Quilakwa Centre in Enderby, BC.

 “BC’s most visionary designers and project teams have once again embraced wood for its natural beauty, strength, flexibility, versatility, lower environmental impact and cost-effectiveness,” said Embury-Williams. “Their contributions are building economic prosperity in our communities and creating beautiful streetscapes and living environments for our citizens.”


The BC 2016 Wood Design Award winners can be viewed at www.wood-works.ca/bc

Photo Credit: Wood WORKS! BC – 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC