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2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards +20

Lakeland Elementary School / DLR Group

15:00 - 21 September, 2016
Lakeland Elementary School / DLR Group, © Chris J. Roberts Photography
© Chris J. Roberts Photography

© Chris J. Roberts Photography © Chris J. Roberts Photography © Chris J. Roberts Photography © Chris J. Roberts Photography +18

12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

14:10 - 9 September, 2016
12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2016 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

This year's theme was “Visioning and Re-Visioning," which focused on "the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other." The AIA also notes that education facility design may now be more important than ever, as recent studies have indicated that a positive learning environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

Engine Company 16 FireHouse / DLR Group

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
Engine Company 16 FireHouse / DLR Group, Courtesy of DLR Group
Courtesy of DLR Group

Courtesy of DLR Group Courtesy of DLR Group Courtesy of DLR Group Courtesy of DLR Group +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    3901 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012

Adjustable Forms / DLR Group

01:00 - 10 February, 2014
Adjustable Forms / DLR Group , © James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp

© James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 East Progress Road, Lombard, IL 60148, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Nathan Casteel
  • Area

    20145.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Diné College Library / DLR Group

01:00 - 23 June, 2012
Diné College Library / DLR Group, ©  Courtesy of DLR Group
©  Courtesy of DLR Group

©  Courtesy of DLR Group ©  Courtesy of DLR Group ©  Courtesy of DLR Group ©  Courtesy of DLR Group +18

Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How 'Extroverted' Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World

10:30 - 5 March, 2012
© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
© Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

You’ve considered every detail: re-thought the spatial configurations of the classrooms to account for over 40 students, ensured that the noise from outside doesn’t drown out the teacher, perhaps even adjusted the storage to kid-friendly heights.

As an architect, you live in the skin of the people who will daily occupy your buildings. And of course, the impact of physical conditions should never be underestimated, especially in the design of a school. Study after study has cited that the correct environment can greatly improve student engagement, enrollment, and even general well-being. [1]

However, there is another vital way in which design can impact learning. An approach that recognizes the power of society and culture, that aims to create a school not only permeable to the community around it, but charged with positive symbolic value.

Panther Lake Elementary School / DLR Group

01:00 - 25 August, 2011
Panther Lake Elementary School / DLR Group, © Chris J. Roberts
© Chris J. Roberts

© Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts © Chris J. Roberts +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    34424 1st Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003, United States
  • Architect

    DLR Group
  • Area

    45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group

01:00 - 6 August, 2011
Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group, ©  DLR Group
©  DLR Group

©  DLR Group ©  DLR Group ©  DLR Group ©  DLR Group +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Marysville, WA, United States
  • Architect

     DLR Group
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

15:00 - 24 June, 2011
© Eduard Hueber
© Eduard Hueber

AIA recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.

Brokaw Early Learning Center / DLR Group

01:00 - 14 February, 2011
Brokaw Early Learning Center / DLR Group, © James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp

© James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oswego, Illinois, United States
  • Architect

    DLR Group
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer

    KJWW
  • Structural Engineer

    TGRWA Engineering
  • Civil Engineer

    Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd.
  • Site, Core And Shell Contractor

    L.J. Dodd
  • Interior Fit Out Contractor

    R.L. Sohol
  • Owner

    Oswego Community Schools 308
  • Area

    39800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Betty Fairfax High School / DLR Group

01:00 - 8 June, 2010
Betty Fairfax High School / DLR Group, © Mark Boisclair
© Mark Boisclair

© Mark Boisclair © Mark Boisclair © Mark Boisclair © Mark Boisclair +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • Architect

    DLR Group
  • Engineer

    DLR Group
  • Owner

    Phoenix Union High School District #210
  • Contractor

    Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • Area

    345000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Metea Valley High School / DLR Group

01:00 - 30 May, 2010
Metea Valley High School / DLR Group, © James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp

© James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aurora, IL, United States
  • Architects

    DLR Group
  • Engineer

    DLR Group; KJWW Engineering; Roake and Associates, Inc.
  • Owner

    Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Contractor

    Turner Construction
  • Area

    464200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs