WoodWorks, a trade-focused outreach initiative of the Wood Products Council, recently announced the national winners of its annual Wood Design Awards, a program that highlights innovative uses of wood in architecture. A winner was selected in each of the competition's nine categories: Multi-Story Wood Design; Commercial Wood Design; Wood in Government Buildings; Institutional Wood Design; Wood in Educational Buildings; Beauty of Wood—Innovation; Beauty of Wood—Craft; Green Building by Nature; and Green Building by Design. An additional seven Regional Excellence Awards will be presented on March 23 at regional Wood Solutions Fairs held nationwide.

“Ranging from mass timber to traditional wood-frame, this year’s winning projects exemplify wood’s many attributes, from structural performance and design versatility, to sustainability and cost effectiveness.” said WoodWorks executive director, Jennifer Cover, in a press release.

Multi-Story Wood Design: The Radiator, Portland, Ore.

Josh Partee

Completed: 2015 | Project Team: PATH Architecture, architect; Munzing Structural Engineering, structural engineer; Kaiser Group, contractor.

This five-story, 36,000-square-foot office building has a wood frame that incorporates glulam beams and columns, light-frame dimension lumber walls, and thick timber decking throughout. These structural choices are showcased throughout the building's interior, giving it an industrial look.

Commercial Wood Design: Framework, Portland, Ore.

Joshua Jay Elliot

Completed: 2015 | Project Team: Works Partnership Architecture, architect; TM Rippey Consulting Engineers, structural engineer; Yorke & Curtis, contractor.

Structurally similar to the 100-year-old buildings that surround it on the city's east-central side, Framework comprises four stories of Type V heavy timber-frame wrapped in an aluminum and glass curtainwall. Douglas-fir glulam columns and beams shape the interior of this 24,447-square-foot retail and office building, where 80 percent of the wood used has been left exposed.

Wood in Government Buildings: Chicago Horizon, Chicago

Tom Harris

Completed: 2015 | Project team: Ultramoderne, architect; Guy Nordenson & Associates, structural engineer; FH Paschen, contractor.

Designed for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, this pavilion is protected by a cross laminated timber (CLT) roof, which is kept upright with 13 radially dispersed columns. This is the first-ever use of exposed CLT in Chicago, which initially posed a challenge for the architects. Post-Biennial, the space is intended for community and commercial use.

Institutional Wood Design: Fire Station 76, Gresham, Ore.

Josh Partee

Completed: 2015 | Project Team: Hennebery Eddy Architects, architect; Nishkian Dean Structural Engineers, structural engineer; Bremik Construction, contractor.

Fire Station 76 comprises two structures that are distinct in their design and function. One of the structures, designed as the living quarters, is defined by open-web trusses and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) I-joists on the roof, and conventional wood-frame walls. The other building, the apparatus bay, is supported by 27-foot, Tudor-style glulam arches, and roof framing.

Wood in Educational Buildings: Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel, Seattle

Josh Partee

Completed: 2014 | Project Team: Hennebery Eddy Architects, architect; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer; Sellen Construction, contractor.

The architects used heavy timber to achieve a peaceful and nature-inspired interior aesthetic for the Our Lady of Montserrat chapel—located on the campus of the Seattle Preparatory School. The 1,600-square-foot structure is supported by visible glulam beams and topped with a sloped, heavy timber shed roof.

Beauty of Wood—Innovation: China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015, Milan

Sergio Grazia

Completed: 2015 | Project team: Studio Link-Arc / Tsinghua University, architects; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, structural engineer; Bodino Engineering, contractor.

The China Pavilion was designed for Expo Milano 2015 under the fair's theme of "Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life." This focus on sustainability and melding urban and natural spaces contributed to the decision to use laminated timber for the 43,000-square-foot temporary structure’s curved rooftop. The wave-like design is achieved with regularly spaced rafters that arch according to the complex geometry of the roof.

Beauty of WoodCraft: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins, Empire Township, Minn.

Paul Crosby

Completed: 2014 | Project team: HGA Architects and Engineers, architect and structural engineer; Dakota County School District, contractor.

The 307-square-foot Whitetail Woods Camper Cabins stand on concrete piers, so as to minimize disruption to the surrounding forest floor. In addition to these piers, the cabins are mainly constructed of wood, with red cedar cladding, cedar and pine framing, and red cedar glulam chassis defining their exteriors. The cabins were built with the help of local students in a vocational training program.

Green Building by Nature: Nest We Grow, Taiki-cho, Hiro-gun, Hokkaido, Japan

Hsin-Yu Chen

Completed: 2015 | Project Team: Kengo Kuma Architects & Associates, architect; University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design, designer; Takahashi Construction Company, contractor.

Kengo Kuma's "Nest We Grow" was designed for the LIXIL International Student Architectural Competition's 2014 "Productive Garden" competition, in Japan, which explored sustainability within the home. The glulam-framed, 1,577-square-foot building is wrapped in translucent polycarbonate and utilizes wood cross bracing for seismic loads.

Green Building by Design: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, Bend, Ore.

Lara Swimmer Photography

Completed: 2014 | Project team: Hacker, architect; Walker Structural Engineering, structural engineering; Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co., contractor.

Built with Unitarian principals of community and inclusiveness in mind, this double-stud exterior wood-framed structure relies on glulam and steel wide-flange girders, along with manufactured gang-nail trusses, to create a warm and inviting interior. The net-zero-energy building features rooftop solar panels, passive solar heating, on-site storm-water collection, natural ventilation, and certified wood products.