Join us as naturally:wood hosts the Wood Products Showcase February 14 & 15 at BUILDEX Vancouver—Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the construction, architecture and interior design industries.
Discover our resources and factsheets, including an introduction to Wood Innovates BC, a new one-stop platform providing resources to drive innovation in wood design, building and manufacturing.
B.C.’s wood product technology and building expertise helped build the recently completed Centre of Excellence Workshop, a 13,000 sq ft building that houses workshops for students of architecture and design at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. The building features a mix of coastal and interior species from B.C. in both structural and appearance applications and is one of the first large-scale commercial demonstration in India to use long-span glulam beams.
Recognizing excellence in wood architecture, the Canadian Wood Council recently announced the 2017 Wood Design & Building Award recipients. The council said that the selected winners were thoughtfully designed and highlight wood’s structural, aesthetic and functional qualities.
B.C.-based buildings that were recognized include:
Hosted by Western Living (WL) magazine, designers Toby Barratt, Brent Comber and Kate Duncan join WL editorial director Anicka Quin on January 29 at True Confessions of a Furniture Maker. They will share their insights on the process of custom design, including expertise around installations, working with other trades as well as awareness of code and safety issues.
Patkau Architects, a Vancouver firm led by John and Patricia Patkau, has recently won the prestigious 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) award. With only eight awarded to innovative projects this year, Patkau was the only Canadian firm to receive the award for their work on the museum that showcases the collection of philanthropist Michael Audain. Incorporating wood as a principle element throughout the design, the museum brings out the natural setting of Whistler where this treasured collection of art resides.
Hosted at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will open its doors to the wood products community at its annual open house on January 25. It is an innovative opportunity to learn more about the education, training, research, and industry assistance programs offered by CAWP as part of its efforts to promote the success and sustainable growth of Canada’s value-added wood products manufacturing sector.
Forestry jobs continue to be a promising and rewarding career choice for British Columbians. To encourage young people in the interior of BC to choose a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector, the Council of Forest Industries will be awarding ten $1,500 entrance scholarship to students planning to attend an interior post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2018 or the second semester of 2019.
Do you know of any exceptional wood structures completed in the last 3 years?
The oneTree project demonstrates the versatility, beauty and strength generated from a single walnut tree through the art salvaged from its wood. Highlighting the connection between art and nature, a seminar and workshop held today at the Bateman Centre in Victoria, B.C. educates on the benefits for using wood in high-quality design projects.
“There’s quite a bit of economic activity that can be created from a single tree that was considered waste,” says John Lore, founder of oneTree.
On Nov. 17, the Institution of Structural Engineers announced the winners of the 2017 Structural Awards that recognize the best in global engineering.
Fast+Epp, a B.C. based structural engineering firm, received the award for Construction Innovation for its work on Brock Commons Tallwood House, the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid building in the world. The Construction Innovation award is presented to projects that demonstrate structural engineering excellence in the innovative use of construction materials or processes.