Wood Innovation and Design Centre

Process

The facility was conceived to showcase the potential for building mid-rise and high-rise structures using engineered mass timber products. With the exception of a mechanical penthouse, there is no concrete used in the building above the ground floor slab. The design incorporates a simple, ‘dry’ structure of systems integrated CLT floor panels, glulam columns and beams, and mass timber walls. This simplicity translates into repeatability of the system. Instead of focusing solely on a showpiece structure, we created a building that can be easily replicated. This was a fundamental choice, made in the interest of seeing many more architects, engineers, and private developers recognize the value of mass timber design as alternative to steel and concrete. This is the best way to ensure that the BC wood economy grows: through repeatable meaningful innovation.

Summary

WIDC is about celebrating wood as one of the most beautiful and sustainable materials for building here in BC and around the globe. MGA has been a champion of this message for quite some time and has been able to connect to a very global conversation of possibility. Our goal is to use the WIDC design as a stepping-stone for further innovation and scale that will continue to grow the wood story and industry.

The design celebrates the beauty of wood and shows the potential to increase the use of wood in mid-rise and high-rise structures. We hope that the WIDC project will help advance and revitalize the Prince George Community, the BC forest economy, and the global conversation of the future of wood architecture.

Testimonial

“If there is another Canadian building so technically innovative, so powerful in its built arguments to the rest of our industry, achieved with such architectural finesse, and completed in a shorter time than the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, I do not know it.”

–Trevor Boddy, Canadian Architect Magazine

Links & Resources

Recognition

RAIC – Governor General's Medal in Architecture, 2016

WoodWorks Wood Design Award BC – Wood Innovation Award, 2015

RAIC – Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture, 2015

Canadian Design-Build Institute – First Prize Awards of Excellence, 2015

AIBC – Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit, 2015

AIBC – Innovation Award, 2015

Azure Top 10 Big Projects: Best Construction, 2014

Canadian Wood Council – Wood Design & Building Award – Citation, 2014