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These are the 2017 WoodWorks Wood Design Award winners


These are the 2017 WoodWorks Wood Design Award winners

Winners were selected in categories such as wood school design, commercial wood design, wood in government buildings, and green building with wood.

By WoodWorks + BD+C Staff | March 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

 WoodWorks – Wood Products Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Wood Design Awards, which celebrate excellence in wood building design across the U.S. Chosen by an independent jury in nine national categories, the winning projects exemplify attributes of wood such as beauty, strength, versatility and sustainability.

“This year’s winning projects are interesting in part for what they say about the state of wood building design,” said WoodWorks Executive Director, Jennifer Cover. “The design community is clearly embracing innovative new materials, systems and techniques, contributing to a modern wood aesthetic that’s still linked to traditional wood construction and beauty. The concept of what a wood building can or should be is expanding, and that’s exciting. It’s an honor for us to share these projects with a wider audience.”

Below are the winners of each national award category as well as the seven Regional Excellence Award winners.


national winners


Wood School Design: Common Ground High School

New Haven, Conn.


Photo courtesy of David Sundberg and Gray Organschi Architecture.


Architect – Gray Organschi Architecture

Timber Engineer – Bensonwood

Environmental Engineer – Atelier Ten


Multi-Family Wood Design: MOTO

Denver, Colo.


Photo courtesy of Gensler.


Architect – Gensler

Structural Engineer – Monroe & Newell Engineers, Inc.

Contractor – PCL Construction


Commercial Wood Design – Multi-Story: Albina Yard

Portland, Ore.


Photo courtesy of LEVER Architecture.


Architect – LEVER Architecture

Structural Engineer – KPFF Consulting Engineers

Contractor – REWORKS


Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise The Barn

West Sacramento, Calif.


Photo courtesy of !melk.

Architect – !melk

Structural Engineer – Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Contractor – Brown Construction Incorporated


Institutional Wood Design: Writers Theatre 

Glencoe, Ill.


Photo courtesy of Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing.


Architect – Studio Gang Architects

Structural Engineer – Halvorson and Partners

Contractor – W.E. O’Neil


Wood in Government Buildings: Rosewood Beach

Highland Park, Ill.


Photo courtesy of Bill Timmerman.


Architect – Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Structural Engineer – Enspect Engineering Consultants

General Contractor – WB Olson, Inc.


Beauty of Wood: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Chanhassen, Minn.


Photo courtesy of Richard Brine.


Architect – MSR Design

Structural Engineer – Meyer Borgman Johnson

General Contractor – Loeffler Construction & Consulting


Green Building with Wood: Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion

Decatur, Texas


Photo courtesy of Casey Dunn, Dror Baldinger, AIA.


Architect – Lake|Flato Architects

Structural Engineer  – Lake|Flato Architects


Special Achievement: T3

Minneapolis, Minn.


Photo courtesy of Ema Peter; MGA.


Architect – MGA | Michael Green Architecture, DLR Group

Structural Engineer – Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Design Assist + Build – StructureCraft

Contractor – Kraus-Anderson Construction Company


Regional Excellence Winners


Duke Faculty Club

Durham, N.C.


Photo courtesy of Robert Benson Photography.


Architect – Duda|Paine Architects

Structural Engineer – Gardner & McDaniel, PA

Contractor – Romeo Guest Construction


One North – Karuna East and West Buildings

Portland, Ore.


Photo courtesy of Andrew Pogue.


Architect – Holst Architecture

Structural Engineer – Froelich Engineers

Contractor – R&H Construction Co.


Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

Santa Cruz, Calif.


Photo courtesy of Cesar Rubio Photography.


Architect – Fernau & Hartman Architects

Structural Engineer – Tuan and Robinson Structural Engineers

Contractor – Cen Con


The Littleton Trials

Littleton, Mass.


Photo courtesy of Decentralized Design Lab.


Architect – Decentralized Design Lab

Structural Engineer – Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

General Contractor – Decentralized Design Lab


Firehouse 12

New Haven, Conn.


Photo courtesy of Sundberg, ESTO.


Architect – Gray Organschi Architecture

Structural Engineer – Jacobson Structures

General Contractor – JIG Design Build



Eugene, Ore.


Photo courtesy of Mike Lundgren.


Architect – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture

Structural Engineer – PCS Structural

General Contractor – Justin Austen Design


Frick Environmental Center

Pittsburgh, Penn.


Photo courtesy of Nic Lehoux Architectural Photography.


Architect – Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Structural Engineer – Barber & Hoffman, Inc.

General Contractor – PJ Dick



The 2017 Wood Design Awards were chosen by a jury that included:


Tom S. Chung, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects


Lisa W. Lamkin, AIA

Principal, BRW Architects


Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, Peng

President and CEO, KL&A, Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders


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