Bridge, cultural center recognized for wooden design

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Two Northern Ontario projects were recognized for using wood in their design at the 2022 edition of Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards April 19.

An initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, the annual awards recognize architectural projects that have used wood extensively in their design. This year’s ceremony took place during the annual general meeting of the Ontario Forest Industries Association.

“The winning projects reflect the innovation of an evolving wood culture that is gaining momentum in Ontario,” said Marianne Berube, Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS! program, in a press release.

“We are pleased to partner with OFIA this year to recognize design and construction teams that push the boundaries of innovation for wood construction.”

Northern Ontario winners include:

  • the Duchesnay Creek Bridge, located on Highway 17B, at the border of Nipissing First Nation and North Bay. Designed by LEA Consulting Inc. and completed last August, the bridge features glulam (glulam) beams and is the only glulam arch bridge in Ontario;
  • the Seine River Cultural Interpretation Center, located in the Seine River First Nation in northwestern Ontario and designed by Cohlmeyer Architecture. Wooden elements include laminated wood, red pine logs and spruce pillars.

WOOD WORKS! said the winning submissions reflect advancements in wood research and technology and are “thoughtful in design and execution, highlighting structural and aesthetic benefits.”

A full list of winners is available here.

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