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Mar 27, 2023 WoodWorks

WoodWorks Announces Winners of its 2023 U.S. Wood Design Awards 

Awards Recognize Teams Driving Innovation in Wood Building Design  

WoodWorks has announced its 2023 Wood Design Awards winners, celebrating excellence and innovation in mass timber, heavy timber, light-frame, and hybrid building design. The annual award program charts wood’s growth as a material of choice and recognizes developers and design teams whose creativity and emphasis on quality continue to expand the possibilities for wood buildings.  

“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. “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.” 

Nominations were evaluated by an independent jury that included: 

  • Corey Martin, Principal, Hacker Architects, Portland, Oregon 
  • Cheung Chan, Associate and Architect, Neumann Monson Architects, Iowa City, Iowa 
  • Lauren Wingo, Senior Structural Engineer, Arup, Washington, DC 

National award categories include: 

  • Innovation
  • Commercial Wood Design – Mid-Rise  
  • Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise 
  • Wood in Schools  
  • Multi-Family Wood Design 
  • Wood in Government Buildings 
  • Institutional Wood Design 
  • Sustainable Wood Design 
  • Beauty of Wood   
  • Durable & Adaptable Wood Structures 

Follow the links below for information on each project or view the full gallery of winners.

You can also find all projects and team members on the WoodWorks Innovation Network.  

“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.” 

Jennifer Cover, WoodWorks President & CEO

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 

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 

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 

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 

Innovation: Ascent | Milwaukee, WI 
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 | 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, DC 
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 | 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 | Brooklyn, New York 
Architect: Rogers Partners 
Structural engineer: Silman 
Owner: Nanotronics Imaging 
Contractor: Eurostruct 

Houston Endowment Headquarters | Houston, Texas 
Architect: kevin daly Architects; Productura 
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, 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