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The North makes its mark at Wood WORKS! Awards


By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Vale Living with Lakes Centre.
Vale Living with Lakes Centre.

Sudbury's Living with Lakes Centre won the Green Building Wood Design Award at the annual Ontario Wood WORKS! gala in Toronto, Nov. 7.

J.L. Richards & Associates in association with Perkins + Will were the architects and engineers.

The two-storey academic research facility was described by judges as “extraordinary” for its glulam post-and-beam, wood-framed infill walls, and solid wood floor and roof decks. The upper portion is clad in eastern white cedar.

Half of the 12 winners had a Northern Ontario connection.

Hearst's Centre Innovo received the Ontario Wood Award as the project uses an abundance of wood products sourced within a 30-kilometre radius.

The Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award (projects less than $10 million) went to FORM Architecture Engineering for the new District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Office.

FORM also grabbed the Wood Champion Award for being a strong advocate for the use of wood.

Thunder Bay's waterfront revitalization project, Prince Arthur's Landing, didn't go unnoticed.

The design firm of Brook McIlroy and the project's engineers, Blackwell Bowick Partnership, shared the Northern Ontario Excellence Award for the Water Garden Pavilion, a mixed-use building that incorporates wood.

The Jury's Choice Award went to the collaboration involving Brook McIlroy, Ryan Gorrie and Blackwell Bowick Partnership for the waterfront's amphitheatre, Gathering Circle at the Spirit Garden.

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