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Ontario recognizes wood design excellence

Monday, March 9, 2020

Six winning projects have received Ontario Wood Design Awards. The awards presentation were part of the Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA) 77th Annual Meeting and Convention, and were an opportunity to showcase excellence in wood architecture throughout the province.

“The winning projects reflect the sophistication of an evolving wood culture that is gaining momentum in Ontario,” said Marianne Berube, executive director for the Ontario Wood Works program. “We are happy to partner with OFIA this year to recognize the design and construction teams that are pushing the boundaries of innovation for wood construction.”

The winners are:

  • Kenora Airport New Terminal (Kenora) by Architecture49;
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart Flagship (Toronto) by Brook Mcllroy Architecture;
  • Deerhurst Lakeside Lodge (Huntsville) by Richard Wengle Architect;
  • Temagami First Nation Multi-use Facility (Temagami) by Larocque Elder Architects;
  • King Township Municipal Administration Centre (King City) by +VG Architects; and
  • 80 Atlantic Avenue (Toronto) by Quadrangle Architects. (rendering above)

The submissions for this year’s awards program reflect advancements in wood research and technology that are diversifying the application of wood in construction. The winning projects offer thoughtful design and execution, highlighting both structural and esthetic benefits.

“The design and construction teams from the winning projects are revolutionizing the way we think about wood in construction,” said Jamie Lim, president of OFIA. “Growing pressure for the built environment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has resulted in more sustainably conscious building material choices that align with our members’ commitment for sustainable development — meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.”


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