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13 dazzling wood building designs [slideshow]

From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

March 21, 2014 |
Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Hotchkiss School's new Biom

Different building materials have different benefits, and The National Wood Design Awards aim to highlight the unique benefits of using wood in design and architecture. This year, 140 submissions were sent in to WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. 

“The Wood Design Awards showcase outstanding projects that bring to life wood’s natural beauty and versatility in building design,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, Executive Director of WoodWorks. "The winners exemplify the many ways wood products can be used to create outstanding architecture. These are inspiring projects that demonstrate ingenuity in design or engineering, as well as attributes of wood such as cost effectiveness, sustainability and structural performance." 

National awards were presented in nine categories, and four regional awards will be presented at regional Wood Solutions Fairs. Check out the winners below (also, see BD+C's recap of the 2013 winners). 


1. Muckleshoot Smokehouse, Auburn, Wash.

Category: Traditional Use of Wood Design Award

Architect: Mahlum

Structural engineer: PCS Structural Solutions

Building owner: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

General contractor: Donovan Brothers, Inc.

Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider; courtesy WoodWorks





2. Federal Center South, Building 1202, Seattle

Category: Commercial Wood Design Award

Architect: ZGF Architects LLP

Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

General contractor: Stellan Constuction

Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider; courtesy WoodWorks





3. Promega Feynman Center, Madison, Wis.

Category: Innovative Wood Engineering Award

Structural engineer: EwingCole

Architect: Uihlein-Wilson Architects

General contractor: Kraemer Brothers

Photo credit: Aitor Sanchez/EwingCole; courtesy WoodWorks





4. Biomass Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.

Category: Green Building Wood Design Award

Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners 

Structural engineer: DeStafano & Chamberlain 

General contractor: O&G Industries

Photo credit: David Sundberg/Esto; courtesy WoodWorks





5. James and Anne Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Md.

Category: Institutional Wood Design Award

Architect: GWWO, Inc./Architects

Structural engineer: Faisant Associates

General contractor: Forrester Construction

Photo credit: Robert Creamer Photography/Paul Burk Photography; courtesy WoodWorks





6. Reed College Performing Arts Building, Portland, Ore.

Category: Beauty of Wood Design Award

Architect: Opsis Architecture

Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

General contractor: Hoffman Construction

Photo credit: Christian Columbres Photography; courtesy WoodWorks





7. Bullitt Center, Seattle

Category: Multi-Story Wood Design Award

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership

Structural engineer: DCI Engineers

General contractor: Schuchart Construction

Photo credit: John Stamets; courtesy WoodWorks





8. Cascades Academy of Central Oregon, Tumalo, Ore. 

Category: Wood School Design Award

Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects

Structural engineer: Walker Structural Engineering

General contractor: CS Construction

Photo credit: Josh Partee; courtesy WoodWorks





9. Habiframe Tornado Storm Shelter, Memphis, Tenn.

Category: Jury's Choice Wood Design Award

Architect: Habiframe

Structural engineer: Conestoga Rovers Associates

General contractor: Habiframe

Photo credit: Steve Bryan, Habiframe/Mark Richardson, Simpson Strong-Tie; courtesy WoodWorks





10. YMCA Pavilion at Camp Harrison, Boomer, N.C.

Category: Regional Excellence Wood Design Award (Southeast)

Architect: C design Inc.

Structural engineer: Fitzpatrick Engineering

General contractor: David E. Looper & Company

Photo credit: Tim Buchman; courtesy WoodWorks





11. Manhattan Fire House #3, Manhattan, Kan.

Category: Regional Excellence Wood Design Award (North Central)

Architect: Action Pact Design

Structural engineer: BSE Structural Engineers

General contractor: Murray and Sons Construction Co. 

Photo credit: Nicholas Whitney/Action Pact Design; courtesy WoodWorks





12. Advanced Water Purification Facility, Oxnard, Calif.

Category: Regional Excellence Wood Design Award (Southwest)

Architect: Mainstreet Architects + Planners Inc.

Structural engineer: CH2M Hill

General contractor: McCarthy Building Cos.

Photo credit: Michael E. Cabezas, City of Oxnard; courtesy WoodWorks





13. GSA Office Buildingm, Albuquerque, N.M.

Category: Regional Excellence Wood Design Award (South Central)

Architect: Page

Structural engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates

General contractor: Enterprise Builders Corporation

Photo credit: Patrick Coulie Photography; courtesy WoodWorks



For more on the 2014 winners, see the WoodWorks design awards gallery

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