WoodWorks Award Program celebrates American designing excellence

Published on : Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WoodWorks Award Program 2020 winners reflect trends in nationwide wood building. Celebrating excellence in wood design this awards program reflects sharp rise in the use of innovative wood building systems was reinforced with today’s announcement from WoodWorks – Wood Products Council highlighting the winners of its U.S. Wood Design Awards.

 

“The WoodWorks award program celebrates excellence in wood building design, and excellent projects are often conceived and executed by people with a passion, not only for quality, but innovation,” said WoodWorks President and CEO, Jennifer Cover. “As a result, the winning projects are a kind of bellwether for market trends—such as growing interest in mass timber, hybrid projects that combine mass timber with light wood framing or other materials, panelization, and greater focus on sustainability, carbon footprint, and resilience. These are all things we’re seeing in the market that are also reflected in this year’s winning projects.” For example, in addition to tracking mass timber buildings completed and in design, WoodWorks has seen a significant rise in requests for technical assistance, which is provided at no cost to project teams.

 

“In 2015, our technical team assisted on a handful of mass timber projects. The number jumped to 159 in 2016—and 266 last year. You can see a parallel in many of the winning projects,” said Cover.

 

Nominations from across the country were evaluated by an independent jury that included:

•Danny Adams, Principal and Design Lead, LS3P Associates – Charleston, SC
•Marsha Maytum, Principal, LMS Architects – San Francisco, CA
•Eric McDonnell, Principal, Holmes Structures – Portland, OR
•Matt Shaw, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper – New York, NY

 

 

Awards in 10 categories has been presented at Wood Design Symposiums across the country, beginning with the Texas Wood Design Symposium in Houston on February 25, 2020. Nine projects will also receive regional excellence awards.

 

Category Winners

Jury’s Choice: First Tech Federal Credit Union ǀ Hillsboro, OR
• Architect: Hacker
• Structural Engineer: Kramer Gehlen & Associates
• Contractor: Swinerton

 

Multi-Family Wood Design: Adohi Hall ǀ Fayetteville, AR
• Architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates; Mackey Mitchell Architects; Modus Studio (AOR)
• Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting; Engineering Consultants, Inc.
• Contractor: Nabholz Construction

 

Commercial Mid-Rise: 111 East Grand ǀ Des Moines, IA
• Architect: Neumann Monson Architects
• Structural Engineer: Raker Rhodes Engineering
• Contractor: Ryan Companies

 

Commercial Low-Rise: Redfox Commons ǀ Portland, OR
• Architect: LEVER Architecture
• Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
• Contractor: R&H Construction

 

Wood in Government Buildings: Long Beach Civic Center Billie Jean King Main Library ǀ Long Beach, CA
• Architect: SOM ǀ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
• Structural Engineer: SOM ǀ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
• Contractor: Clark Construction

 

Wood in Schools: Arts and Technology Academy ǀ Eugene, OR
• Architect: Opsis Architecture; Rowell Brokaw Architects (AOR)
• Structural engineer: catena consulting engineers
• Contractor: Hyland Construction

 

Institutional Wood Design: Oregon Conservation Center ǀ Portland, OR
• Architect: LEVER Architecture
• Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
• Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

 

Green Building with Wood: Oregon Zoo Education Center ǀ Portland, OR
• Architect: Opsis Architecture
• Structural Engineer: catena consulting engineers
• Contractor: Fortis Construction

 

Beauty of Wood: Trailhead Building at Theodore Wirth Park ǀ Minneapolis, MN
• Architect: HGA
• Structural Engineer: HGA
• Contractor: KALCON

 

Adaptable and Durable Wood Structures: Julia Morgan Hall ǀ Berkeley, CA
• Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
• Structural Engineer: Bluestone Engineering
• Contractor: James R. Griffin

 

 

 


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