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Nominate a Project for a Wood Design Award

2019 WOOD DESIGN AWARDS

Nominations for the 2019 Wood Design Awards are now closed.

Submission Requirements, Instructions and Nomination Form Preview

Please read the following information before submitting a project for the WoodWorks Wood Design Awards. This document contains the submission requirements and policies, instructions for uploading photographs, drawings and project team information, category descriptions, and a preview of the nomination form.

Nomination forms must be completed and submitted online.

Submission Requirements and Policies

  • There is no cost to nominate a project for a Wood Design Award.
  • Multiple submissions are encouraged.
  • Nominated projects and firms must be located in the United States.
  • With the exception of the Durability & Adaptability of Wood Structures category, Wood Design Awards apply to new construction only, which includes significant additions. Structures other than buildings are not eligible.
  • Projects must be fully constructed by September 28, 2018.
  • Once a nomination is submitted, it becomes property of the WoodWorks program, which may utilize submitted materials for promotional use.
  • Nominations must include 8–15 high-resolution photos (minimum 300 dpi), plus copies of the project floor plan and elevation. Completed project photos are required, and construction photos are encouraged. For the jury’s benefit, please start with the most compelling photos of the finished project, followed by construction photos and then floor plans/elevations. All images must be submitted electronically with the nomination form.
  • Nominations must also include details on the project team, submitted electronically with the nomination form and images. Please complete the project team form here.
  • Any member of the design and construction team may submit a project; however, design awards will be issued to the architecture firm..

How to Submit a Nomination

  • Complete a separate nomination form for each nominated project. (Click here for the online nomination form.) Only one form is needed to submit a project in multiple categories.
  • Photos, drawings and project team information must be compressed into one .zip file. The file name and project name provided in the nomination form must be the same—i.e., the file name must be the name of the project.
  • After submitting the online form, you will be directed to the WoodWorks website, where you’ll find a link to upload the zipped file of photos, drawings, and project team information. If your materials are not ready to upload at that time, you can access the upload link directly at a later date. Click here to access the upload link directly. Remember, the name of the zipped file must be the project name as indicated on the nomination form.

Award Category Descriptions

MULTI-FAMILY WOOD DESIGN

This category covers a wide range of multi-unit building types, including hotels, apartments, condominiums, duplexes, dormitories, affordable housing facilities, and seniors’ residences. Mixed-use buildings that include a residential occupancy are also eligible. Projects must use wood as the dominant structural material. Special consideration will be given to projects that are four stories or higher and demonstrate ingenuity and/or cost effectiveness.

COMMERCIAL WOOD DESIGN – Low-Rise

This category recognizes projects that push the limits of wood design in commercial spaces that are two stories or less, including offices, restaurants, stores, malls, and industrial buildings. Nominations in this category must use wood as a dominant structural material (walls, floors, frame and/or roof). Projects of sizable scale and those showcasing unique wood applications will be given special consideration.

COMMERCIAL WOOD DESIGN – Mid-Rise

This category recognizes structural wood use in offices, retail, and other commercial or mixed-use spaces that are three stories or more. Nominations in this category must use wood as a dominant structural material (walls, floors, frame and/or roof). Projects in an urban setting and those showcasing unique wood applications will be given special consideration.

WOOD IN SCHOOLS

This category recognizes the use of wood in schools at all levels, including buildings on K–12, college, and university campuses. Examples include gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories, and other non-institutional or commercial uses. Projects in this category must use wood as the dominant material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof). Special consideration will be given to projects that utilize wood to cost-effectively meet a variety of objectives—such as creating an enriching environment or achieving human health and environmental objectives.

INSTITUTIONAL WOOD DESIGN

The inviting aesthetic of an exposed wood finish is highly desired in public and institutional design, and the healing and stress-reducing properties of exposed wood have been increasingly well documented. This award recognizes the benefits of wood in institutional applications such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, libraries, fire halls, public recreational and library facilities, and non-school-related buildings. Projects must use wood as the dominant structural material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof). Special consideration will be given to projects that use wood to create a warm or healing environment.

GREEN BUILDING WITH WOOD

Wood is a good choice for green building because it grows naturally and is renewable; because wood products have less embodied energy, are responsible for less air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other materials; and because wood building systems can contribute to operational energy efficiency. This category considers green building from the standpoint of design. It recognizes projects that demonstrate how wood contributed to some or all of the above principles in conjunction with other efforts to achieve high-performing structures. Projects must use wood as the dominant structural material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof).

BEAUTY OF WOOD

This category recognizes extensive use of wood on the interior and/or exterior of a commercial or multi-family structure. Consideration is given to the expression of modern architectural styles where wood products are used extensively in any variety of visible applications. Special consideration will be given to projects that use wood as a dominant material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof).

WOOD IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

This award recognizes the effective use of wood in a government owned or occupied building. Federal, state and local governments have a responsibility to demonstrate superior stewardship in the context of both finances and environmental resources, while also providing healthy structures that last. Projects must use wood as the dominant material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof). Special consideration will be given to projects that utilize wood to achieve savings of public funds and/or reduce the carbon footprint of a project and/or achieve green building certification. Other criteria include using wood in visible applications to reflect cultural values or create a welcoming environment, and using wood to cost-effectively balance multiple design objectives.

DURABLE & ADAPTABLE WOOD STRUCTURES

This category recognizes commercial buildings where the structure has undergone significant renovation or uses material from a previous application. Wood must be the dominant material in one or more structural system (walls, floors, frame and/or roof) and the project must demonstrate the long-term durability and/or adaptability of a wood structure. Project entries may include adaptive reuse, historic renovation and reclaimed structure.

Nomination Form Preview

Click here to download the submission requirements, instructions and also to preview the online nomination form. Please note that this is a preview only. All nominations must be entered through the online 2019 US Woodworks Wood Design Awards Nomination form.

This PDF form is fillable and may be useful to draft answers that can be cut and pasted into the online form, but not all fields function properly in the preview form. In particular, drop-down menus and some buttons are only operational online.

For questions, please email Jaime Krohn at .