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Bridge, cultural centre recognized for wood design

Northern Ontario projects named winners during 2022 Ontario Wood WORKS! awards

A pair of Northern Ontario projects were recognized for the use of wood in their design during the 2022 Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards on April 19.

An initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, the annual awards recognize architectural projects that have used wood extensively in their design. This year’s ceremony took place during the annual general meeting of the Ontario Forest Industries Association.

“The winning projects reflect the innovation of an evolving wood culture that is gaining momentum in Ontario,” explained Marianne Berube, executive director for the Ontario Wood WORKS! program, in a news release.

“We’re happy to partner with OFIA this year to recognize the design and construction teams that are pushing the boundaries of innovation for wood construction.”

Winners from Northern Ontario include:

  • the Duchesnay Creek Bridge, situated on Highway 17B, on the border of Nipissing First Nation and North Bay. Designed by LEA Consulting Inc. and completed last August, the bridge features girders made of glue-laminated timber (glulam) and is the only timber-laminated arch bridge in Ontario;
  • the Seine River Cultural Interpretive Centre, located in the Seine River First Nation in northwestern Ontario and designed by Cohlmeyer Architecture. Wood features include laminated wood, red pine logs, and spruce pillars.

Wood WORKS! said the winning submissions reflect advancements that have been made in wood research and technology and are “thoughtful in design and execution, highlighting both structural and aesthetic benefits.”

A full list of the winners is available for viewing here.