We are pleased to inform you that Brock Commons Tallwood House has been awarded the 2017 Wood Design Special Jury Award for Technical Innovation.

Brock Commons Tallwood House is a mass timber hybrid student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC), which at 18 storeys is the world’s tallest contemporary wood building.

Brock Commons | Photo courtesy of naturallywood.com | Photo: Michael Elkan Photography

Along with the 2017 Wood Design Awards, The Canadian Wood Council, as well as this year’s sponsors, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Western Red Cedar, and Sansin, were also granted special awards. Unique to this year’s program, two special jury awards were selected, one for technical innovation and one for public art education.

The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity to showcase exceptional wood buildings and serves to inspire designers to push the boundaries of wood in construction. The Jury commended the project for innovative engineering and “pushing the limits of what we understand wood can do”.

Submissions to this year’s awards program were thoughtfully designed and highlight wood’s structural, aesthetic and functional qualities. “The Wood Design & Building Awards program has been in existence for over 30 years,” explains Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council. “We’ve been continually impressed with the quality of submissions each year, and it’s a testament to the sophistication of wood products, due to improvements in technology and advancements in applications.”

These are the 2017 winners of the Wood Design & Building Awards program:

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