Carpenters Union training facility wins Ontario Wood WORKS! award
May 14, 2023 | 7:15 pm CDT
Carpenters Union Local 249 Ontario Training Facility

The award-winning Carpenters Union’s 25,000-square-foot building in Kingston designed by Shoalts and Zaback Architects, includes training, administration, and social spaces.

TORONTO – Carpenters Union Local 249 Training Facility was one of nine wood projects celebrated at the 23rd annual Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Night held at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Carpenters Union’s 25,000-square-foot building in Kingston designed by Shoalts and Zaback Architects, includes training, administration, and social spaces. Each of these three program elements is arranged into separate blocks with shared interior circulation spaces and an exterior courtyard. The training block includes a high bay workshop with an overhead crane, woodworking shops, and classrooms. The administration block contains reception, offices, secure records storage, and a lunchroom. The social block includes a multipurpose room with a kitchen and a boardroom.

Carpenters Union Local 249 Ontario Training Facility

The building celebrates the art and craft of the carpenters, showcasing examples of both traditional and modern work throughout the building. Examples include the use of heavy timber structures supplied by Timber Systems, custom wood entry doors at the main entrances, a bespoke 20-foot-long solid walnut boardroom table with a steel sub-structure, wood grills and lattice work, and fine millwork. The building design also highlights the integration of other materials and systems that are now part of the work of the Carpenters’ Union, as well as the work of the structural steel and masonry unions who also contributed to the project. All work was completed by union trades.

Steven Street, executive director of Ontario Wood WORKS!, said, “Collectively, the winning projects this year shine a light on the role that wood construction can play in addressing some of the larger challenges facing society today, notably housing supply, sustainability, and a shortage of skilled trades.”

Carpenters Union Local 249 Ontario Training Facility

“There are many reasons to build with wood,” Street added. “Strength, beauty, and versatility are certainly important considerations, but one of the primary drivers behind wood’s expanded use is its positive impact on construction schedules. Prefabricated wood systems can significantly increase construction efficiency and quality, delivering better buildings faster. Another key driver is sustainability. As society develops a deeper understanding of the carbon impacts of buildings, it is clear that wood systems have a critical role to play in reducing the embodied emissions of the built environment to achieve ambitious sustainability targets. Wood construction is transforming the way we build, helping mitigate climate change and providing sustainable construction solutions that are better for people and the environment.” 

Learn about all nine winning projects.

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user richchristianson
About the author
Rich Christianson | President/Owner/C-Level

Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.