BC building awards salute woodVANCOUVER, BC --

Architect Bing Thom of Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver won the Premier's Wood Champion Award and the Architect Award in the seventh annual 2011 Wood WORKS ! BC Wood Design Awards.

Thom was chosen for his work with wood on many projects around the world. Thom has stated, "Wood provides both a beautiful structure and finish and there is also an increasing recognition that wood is the best environmental choice. We want our designs to take advantage of wood's capabilities and show its strengths and innovations." 

Russell Acton of Acton Ostry Architects won the Green Building Award for the Salt Building in Vancouver. This unique project involved the restoration and rehabilitation of a landmark 1930s building in Vancouver. 

Gerry Epp of Fast + Epp Structural Engineers was the recipient of the Engineer Award . The jury's decision was based on an innovative and unique footbridge in Princeton, BC - the "Bridge of Dreams".

Winners in the wood design categories include:
* Residential Wood Design : Guscott/Kemp Residence, Ladner - Scott M. Kemp, Scott M. Kemp Architect;
* Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design : Willowbridge, Kelowna - Philip MacDonald, Philip MacDonald Architect. Inc.;
* Western Red Cedar : Canada Pavilion at Expo 2010, Shanghai, China - Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage;
* Interior Beauty Design : The Atrium, Victoria - Franc D'Ambrosio, D'Ambrosio architecture + urbanism;
* Institutional Wood Design - Small : Tla'Amin Community Health + Multi-Purpose Centre, Powell River - Craig Duffield, McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.;
* Institutional Wood Design - Large : Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park, Vancouver - Darryl Condon, Hughes Condon Marler Architects; and
* Commercial Wood Design : Carousel Pavilion, Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, BC - Darryl Condon, Hughes Condon Marler Architects.

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BC Wood Works! Awards.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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