WoodWorks announces winning projects in its 2023 Wood Design Awards

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WoodWorks announces winning projects in its 2023 Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks Mississippi by Waechter Architecture (Lara Swimmer)

Twenty-four projects that use wood were recognized this week as part of the WoodWorks 2023 Wood Design Awards. Each year the program celebrates buildings in a range of sectors from residential to institutional making strides when it comes to the use of wood.

Investing in a more sustainable future deserves to be recognized. It’s an honor to celebrate design teams that inspire the broader AEC community by challenging the expectations of modern design and construction. This year’s winning projects represent the work of building designers from across the nation who are demonstrating the incredible potential of wood,” said WoodWorks President and CEO, Jennifer Cover in a statement. “From 19 stories of CLT and glulam towering over the Milwaukee skyline to wooden reflectors enhancing acoustics in a Colorado theater, these projects underscore how wood enriches the physical landscape of our communities and the experience of those who inhabit them.

This year’s project submissions were judged by a panel made up of Corey Martin of Hacker Architects in Oregon; Cheung Chan from Neumann Monson Architects in Iowa; and Lauren Wingo, a senior structural engineer at Arup’s Washington, D.C., office.

Architects, designers, and engineers submitted projects to ten national categories, including commercial mid-rise, commercial low-rise, schools, multifamily, government buildings, institutional, and sustainable, as well as other more thematic and subjective categories such as Sustainability, Beauty of Wood, Durable and Adaptable Wood Structures, and Innovation. Another set of projects were recognized as Regional Excellence Winners.

Among the project’s awarded in the 2023 iteration are Ascent, the world’s tallest timber building; Nanotronics Smart Factory in Brooklyn, New York; Wellesley College Science Complex by SOM; and the Houston Endowment by Kevin Daly Architects and PRODUCTORA. The full list of winning projects is reproduced below:

National Winners

Commercial Wood Design – Mid-Rise:
Mississippi Workshop | Portland, Oregon
Developer/Architect: Waechter Architecture
Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Contractors: Waechter Architecture; Owen Gabbert; Cutwater PDX

Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise:
High Tech Client Campus | Mountain View, California
Architect: WRNS Studio
Structural engineer: Holmes
Contractor: Rudolph and Sletten

Wood in Schools:
San Jacinto College Anderson-Ball Classroom Building | Pasadena, Texas
Architect: Kirksey Architecture
Structural engineer: Walter P Moore
Owner: San Jacinto College
Contractor: Tellepsen

Multi-Family Wood Design:
Central Lofts | Portland, Oregon
Architect: Jones Architecture
Structural engineer: Froelich Engineers
Developer: BlackRock Development and Real Estate
Contractor: R&H Construction

Winthrop Library
Winthrop Library by Johnston Architects (Benjamin Drummond)

Wood in Government Buildings:
Winthrop Library | Winthrop, Washington
Architect: Johnston Architects
Associate Architect: Prentiss Balance; Prentiss Balance Wickline
Structural engineer: Methow Engineering
Owner: Friends of the Winthrop Library
Contractor: Impel Construction

Locust Grove by de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (Courtesy de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop)

Institutional Wood Design:
Locust Grove Event Pavilion | Louisville, Kentucky
Architect: de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Structural engineer: Structural Services
Owner: Locust Grove
Contractor: Woodbine Construction

Sustainable Wood Design:
The Ecology School | Saco, Maine
Architects: Simons Architects; Kaplan Thompson; Briburn Architecture
Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Owner: The Ecology School
Contractor: Zachau Construction

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts by Opsis Architecture (Jeremy Bitterman)

Beauty of Wood:
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts | Beaverton, Oregon
Architect: Opsis Architecture
Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Owner: City of Beaverton
Contractor: Skanska

Durable and Adaptable Wood Structures:
Maclac Building D | San Francisco, California
Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects; Peter Logan Architecture and Design (PLAD)
Structural engineer: Gregory P. Luth & Associates
Developer: Comstock Realty Partners
Contractor: Rod Heisler Construction

Ascent by Korb + Associates Architects (C.D. Smith Construction)

Ascent | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Architect: Korb + Associates Architects
Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Developers: New Land Enterprises; Weichmann Enterprises
Contractors: C.D. Smith, Catalyst Construction

Regional Excellence Winners

INTRO | Cleveland, Ohio
Architect: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Structural engineer: Forefront Structural Engineers
Developer: Harbor Bay Ventures
Contractor: Panzica Construction

Idaho Central Credit Union Arena
Idaho Central Credit Union Arena by Opsis Architecture and Hastings+Chivetta Architects (Lara Swimmer)

Idaho Central Credit Union Arena | Moscow, Idaho
Architect: Opsis Architecture; Hastings+Chivetta Architects
Structural engineer: StructureCraft (roof structure); KPFF Consulting Engineers (base building)
Owner: University of Idaho
Contractor: Hoffman Construction

1030 Music Row | Nashville, Tennessee
Architect: Anecdote Architectural Experiences
Structural engineer: StructureCraft
Developer: Panattoni Development Company
Contractor: Turner Construction

80 M Street | Washington, D.C.
Architect: Hickok Cole
Structural engineer: Arup
Developer: Columbia Property Trust
Contractor: James G. Davis Construction

Chemeketa Community College Agricultural Complex | Salem, Oregon
Architect: FFA Architecture and Interiors
Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Owner: Chemeketa Community College
Contractor: Swinerton Builders

Wellesley College Science Complex by SOM (Dave Burk © SOM)

Wellesley College Science Complex | Wellesley, Massachusetts
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Structural engineer: Le Messurier
Owner: Wellesley College
Contractor: Turner Construction

Kansas City Current Training Facility | Riverside, Missouri
Architect: Generator Studio
Structural engineer: Apex Engineers
Owner: Kansas City Current
Contractor: Monarch Build

Nanotronics Smart Factory by Rogers Partners (Albert Vecerka)

Nanotronics Smart Factory | Brooklyn, New York
Architect: Rogers Partners
Structural engineer: Silman
Owner: Nanotronics Imaging
Contractor: Eurostruct

Houston Endowment by Kevin Daly Architects and PRODUCTORA (Iwan Baan)

Houston Endowment Headquarters | Houston, Texas
Architect: Kevin Daly Architects; PRODUCTORA
Structural engineer: Arup
Owner: Houston Endowment
Contractor: WS Bellows

Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Architect: OPN Architects
Structural engineer: Structural Design Group
Owner: City of Cedar Rapids
Contractor: Septagon Construction

Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Crested Butte Center for the Arts by Steinberg Hart and Andrew Hadley Architect (Tom Kessler Photography)

Crested Butte Center for the Arts | Crested Butte, Colorado
Architects: Steinberg Hart; Andrew Hadley Architect
Structural engineer: Resource Engineering Group
Owner: Center for the Arts
Contractor: Black Dragon Development

316 12th Street | Oakland, California
Developer/Architect/Contractor: oWOW
Structural engineer: Altos Structural Engineering