More than 150 design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, project teams and industry sponsors along with Minister of Infrastructure Jeff Johnson gathered this evening to honour the nominees and winners of the 2011 Alberta Wood WORKS! Prairie Wood Design Awards. The Awards evening in Edmonton recognized leadership and innovation in wood use.
There were more than 40 nominations in 7 categories for the 2011 awards from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Projects ranged from a historic restoration project to a University field station. There are new buildings and renovations using new timber and engineered wood products and re- claimed wood.
The panel of judges included Tye Farrow, Senior Partner, Farrow Partnership Architects Inc., Mi- chael Green, Principal, mcfarlane І green І biggar Architecture + Design; Brian Rudy, Associate, Project Architect, Moriyama & Teshima.
Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, that supports innovation and provides leadership on the use of wood and wood products. Through workshops, seminars and case studies, Alberta Wood WORKS! provides education, training and technical ex- pertise to building and design professionals involved with commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects throughout the Prairies and Territories.
Winners in the wood design categories include:
- Residential :
- WY House - Winnipeg, MB - Syverson Monteyne Architecture
- Interior Design Showcase :
- SECFS Office Renovation - Winnipeg, MB - Michael Robertson Architect
- Enmax Calgary Zoo - Calgary, AB - Gibbs Gage Architects
- Engineering Advocate:
- Atlas Coal Mine Restoration - Drumheller, AB - Cascade Engineering Group
- Municipal/Recreational :
- Banff Community Recreational Centre - Banff, AB - GEC Architecture
- Jury’s Choice:
- Oxbow Field Station - Winnipeg, MB - Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba
- Jury’s Choice :
- Atlas Coal Mine Restoration - Drumheller, AB - Atlas Coal Mine National Historical Society
The Jury wanted to give a special acknowledgement to the entire team involved in the restoration of the Atlas Coal Mine Historic Site. There was unanimous support of this project because of the respect given to the original structure. They felt the teams approach to the project was humble and inventive, their philosophy gave equal respect to all the materials used in the restoration and in their attention to details new did not mean better then old, but created a fusion of the two that will carry the past into the future. The jury felt the entire team worked well together to come up with smart and effective solutions without undermining the original beauty of the structure. They also wanted to applaud the funders and the museum society for the integrity of the project and recognizing the importance of preservation.
Photographs courtesy of Cascade Engineering Group.