MGA is honoured to receive the 2017 International Wood Design Award for T3 Minneapolis. Shoreline also received the Wood Innovation award for being a pioneering project to educate the City of Vancouver authorities on the use of new mass timber products. We are grateful to be working along side great clients, consultants, and collaborators that push wood design and technology. Congrats Hines, DLR Group, StructureCraft, Iain Weir-Jones, Brisco Manufacturing, Ema Peter, and Michael Elkan. 


March 07, 2017
Wood Design Awards

2017 awards event in B.C. celebrates the best in wood design and building

Excellence in contemporary design and building with wood was celebrated this evening in Vancouver at the Wood Design Awards in B.C. More than 400 distinguished design and building professionals gathered forthe 13th annual event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West), including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, industry sponsors and guests. Winners and nominees of the Wood WORKS! BC 2017 Wood Design Awards were honoured and recognized for their leadership and innovation in structural and architectural wood use.

The awards also marked the end of Wood Week BC – four events over 10 days that focused on the latest trends and topics on wood design and construction with a range of educational and networking opportunities.

There were 114 nominations in 13 categories for the 2017 awards – a record number ‐ with nominations from all over the province, as well as some national and international project submissions from as far away as Shanghai, China.   All projects showcase distinctive and unique qualities of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, and cost‐effectiveness in a wide range of projects and a variety of wood uses. Lynn Embury‐Williams is executive director of Wood WORKS! BC. “With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce carbon impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it is playing a leading role in a design and building revolution. The relentless exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program and the projects presented here this evening provide a view into the future,” she said.

The panel of four judges included Adele Weder, MASA, MRAIC (Hon), Architectural Journalist and Critic, Vancouver, BC; Bob Smith, BScF, MSc, General Manager – Specialty Products Sales & Manager, Canfor, Vancouver, BC; Karla Fraser, Senior Project Manager, Urban One Builders, Vancouver, BC; and Ed Lim, P.Eng., United Building Systems, Vancouver, BC.

The Wood Innovation Award recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design and/or processes.  The winner of this category was our client Iain Weir‐Jones, Weir‐Jones Group, Vancouver, for Shoreline in Vancouver. The jury felt that the wood created a contemporary design with unique warmth and character to stimulate and promote a healthy office and shop environment.

The International Wood Design award was presented to T3 Minneapolis.

Congratulations to all of the winners.