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Winners of 8th Annual Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards demonstrate wood is versatile and sustainable

Wednesday, November 12th 2008 6:00:40pm

Attention Building / Architectural / Environmental / Forestry News Editors and Reporters

(Toronto, November 12, 2008)  Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, building owners and project teams were presented Wood WORKS! Awards during the 8th Annual Awards Gala this evening at the Toronto Congress Centre. Celebrating excellence and innovation in wood buildings, the awards recognize people and organizations dedicated to pioneering and preserving the use of wood (winners listed below).

“We received a record number of project nominations this year and we are thrilled to see more and more design and build professionals using wood in a wide variety of building types,” said Marianne Berube, Wood WORKS! Ontario Executive Director. “This year’s winners are diverse, demonstrating wood’s exceptional versatility.  Award winning projects this year range greatly in size and use and include, among others, an artisan cheese factory, a hotel, a multi-use community centre and a regional training and cultural centre.”

“The award winners chose wood for its structural strength, lower cost and higher efficiency, the texture and warmth it adds to interiors, and for its sustainability as a renewable and recyclable material,” said Berube. “Many people don’t realize that wood is the world’s only major renewable building material. Sustainable forestry practices employed in Ontario and throughout Canada guarantee that we can use wood with confidence and pride.  Building with wood is an environmentally responsible choice.”

Working with the design community, Wood WORKS! connects practitioners with resources related to the use of wood in non-residential construction, assists in product sourcing, and facilitates the delivery of education and training.

“These winning projects show that wood really works in all types of construction, and demonstrate how wood has an increasingly important role in Canadian Architecture,” concluded Berube.


For more information, to arrange interviews, or for digital photos of the winning projects, contact Marianne Berube at 1-705-471-1641, OR Tina Siegel at 1-416-972-7404,

Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Wood Council and industry partners to promote the increased use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

2008 Wood WORKS! Award Winners
Green Building Wood Design – Prince Edward County/Picton: Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory
Interior Design– Apsley: Eels Lake Cottage
Residential Wood Design – Georgian Bay: Shift Cottage
Multi–Unit Wood Design – Barrie: Ontario Mission of the Deaf
Commercial Wood Design  – Parry Sound:  Parry Sound Microtel
Institutional Wood Design < $10 Million – Ottawa: Beechwood National Memorial Centre
Institutional Wood Design > $10 Million – Brampton: Cassie Campbell Community Centre
Northern Ontario Excellence Award – Dryden – Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre
Jury’s Choice Award – Woodbridge – The Rock Community Church
Engineer Wood Advocate Award – Toronto – Read Jones Christoffersen Engineers Inc.
Architect Award – Toronto – Altius Architecture Inc.
Wood Champion Award – Toronto – Diamond + Schmitt Architects

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