WASHINGTON - WoodWork is now accepting nominations for the 2018 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness, and sustainability.
The movement to large scale wood building construction has accelerated around the world in recent years. The builds are seen as having a lower carbon footprint then steel and concrete buildings.
And the movement has profound implicagions for the wood manufacturing industries devoted to millwork and interior wood furnishings - since the buildings are comprised nearly entirely of wood, interior finishing and trim are completed more quickly.
A conference session devoted to the wood products supply chain for so-called "timber towers" - highrise wood buildings - will be included in the Woodworking Network Leadership Conference on July 18 in Las Vegas.
Projects may be submitted in the following categories:
- Multi-Family Wood Design
- Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise
- Commercial Wood Design – Mid-Rise
- Wood in Schools
- Institutional Wood Design
- Green Building with Wood
- Beauty of Wood
- Wood in Government Buildings
- Durable & Adaptable Wood Structures
Projects across these categories will also be selected to receive regional awards of excellence. For program rules, category descriptions, and nomination information, please visit www.woodworks.org/wood-design-awards/nominate.
WoodWorks is an educational initiative that provides free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. The deadline for nominations is September 29, 2017.
“Wood Design Awards are a way to celebrate ingenuity in wood design,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, President and CEO of WoodWorks. “We meet a lot of building designers who are excited to leverage wood’s potential, whether it’s to maximize the value of a student housing project or luxury condominium by increasing the number of stories, attract quality tenants with a stunning office building, or design a carbon-neutral school. We look forward to hearing the stories behind this year’s winning projects, and inspiring others with their designs.”
Special consideration will be given to recently completed buildings, projects that utilize wood as a dominant structural element, and designs that exemplify new opportunities for wood construction. Award submissions are due September 29, 2017. There are no nomination fees and multiple submissions are encouraged. To be eligible, projects and nominated firms must be located in the U.S. and projects must be fully constructed by September 29, 2017. Wood Design Awards apply to new construction only, which includes significant additions. Complete details and nomination materials are available at www.woodworks.org/wood-design-awards/nominate.
Past winning projects can be viewed at http://www.woodworks.org/project-gallery/.
WoodWorks-Wood Products Council (www.woodworks.org) provides free project assistance as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks technical experts offer support from design through construction on a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, educational, commercial, retail, office, institutional, and public.