Canadian Wood Council holds Wood WORKS! awards ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 13 to highlight 'renaissance' in wood design, recognize sustainability, cost-effectiveness, of 12 timber buildings in Ontario from 102 nominations

TORONTO , November 14, 2013 (press release) – A select group of Ontario's leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 13th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight. The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction across the province.

"Wood design in Ontario is experiencing a renaissance," says Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project. "We received 102 nominations this year, the most we've received in any given year, which is impressive when you consider that all of these projects have recently been built in Ontario."

"There are many reasons for the increased use of wood in contemporary architecture," explains Berube. People understand and appreciate wood's environmental benefits and, in many applications, designers and developers are also reporting significant time and cost savings. Also, new products and design innovations have expanded opportunities for using wood. Around the world we're seeing that it is a viable option for all types of construction including midrise buildings, sustainable urban densification, and even tall wood buildings.

Winning projects this year include Algonquin College's new Perth Campus, a 4-storey retirement residence that is over 107,000 square feet in size, and a community centre whose appealing wood design is credited with helping contribute to the overwhelming success of the facility and significant growth in recreation and leisure activity in Richmond Hill.

A total of twelve awards were presented at the event. "We are privileged to have this chance to celebrate the people who, through their work with wood, enrich our built environment and lead the way for future excellence and innovation in wood design and building," concluded Berube.

Individual project profiles and high-resolution colour photos available on request.

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports the use of wood in all types of construction. Working with the design community, Wood WORKS! connects practitioners with resources related to the use of wood in commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-unit residential construction, assists in product sourcing, and delivers educational seminars and training opportunities to existing and future practitioners.

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