Ontario Wood Design Awards Winners announced

On February 26, the Canadian Wood Council’s (CWC’s) Wood Works! Programme gave out the Ontario Wood Design Awards in recognition of designers’ and industry players’ innovation and exemplary use of using wood in architecture. The winners were announced during the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA’s) 77th annual meeting and conference in downtown Toronto,

“We’re happy to partner with OFIA this year to recognize design and construction teams that are pushing the boundaries for wood construction,” said Marianne Berube, the programme’s executive director.

Six awards were presented to celebrate the use of wood as a building material in projects that have demonstrated excellence, creativity and innovation across the province.

The winners are:

Institutional wood design award

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Winning project : King Township Municipal Administration Centre in King City, Ontario, by +VG Architects and Stephenson Engineering

The 46,285-sf building, completed in February 2019, features tongued and grooved (T&G) wood decking, glued laminated (glulam) heavy timber columns and birch veneer panelling.

Innovation wood design award

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Project: Shoppers Drug Mart flagship store in Toronto, designed by Brook McIllroy, Petroff Architects, ERA Architects and structural engineer Blackwell.

Located one block south of the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets, the 22,027-sf store was completed in December 2019 and features not only four levels of glulam post-and-beam framing, but also the city’s first use of all-wood elevator and stairwell shafts.


Low-rise commercial wood design award

Project: Kenora airport terminal building in Ontario where WSP Canada served as both structural engineer and architect, through its company Architecture49.

Opened since September 2018, the one-storey building uses locally sourced wood as a key structural element. Its roof and floor joists, too, were manufactured within Kenora.

Mid-rise residential wood design award

Project: Deerhurst Lakeside Lodge Resort Homes in Huntsville, Ontario, by Richard Wengle Architect and Gamaley & Associates Engineering’s

The five-storey, 155,000-sf condominium building, completed in February 2019, incorporates prefabricated light wood frame wall panels and a light wood roof truss system.


Northern Ontario wood design award

Project: Lakeview Gathering Place, designed by Larocque Elder Architects (LEA) and A2S Consulting Engineers

 The 16,469-sf Temagami First Nation multi-use facility on Bear Island was completed in November 2019. The building’s superstructure is almost exclusively wood, including stick-framed walls, engineered build-up beams, glulam beams, i-joists and trusses.

Mass timber wood design award

Project: 80 Atlantic in downtown Toronto, by Quadrangle and RJC Engineers

This mid-rise commercial building is reportedly the province’s first in 100-plus years to use a timber frame, thanks to revisions in 2015 to Ontario’s Building Code. The 90,000-sf, five-storey office building with ground-floor retail was completed on Oct. 31, 2019.