Carving Out A Spot in Design

Projects in Edmonton win big at the Prairie Wood Design Awards.

Photography by Tom Arban Photography

Edmonton was the big winner as architects and builders from across western Canada came together to celebrate the use of wood in major construction projects over the past year.

The Prairie Wood Design Awards were held at the Chateau Lacombe on Tuesday, March 8, and projects in Edmonton took home prizes in three of the five major categories. A total of 13 local projects were nominated.

The winners included:

Recreational Wood Design: Borden Park Pavilion, Edmonton (gh.3 inc.)

Interior Wood Showcase: The Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Meadows Branch Library, Edmonton (Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.)

Photography by Tom Arban Photography

Residential Wood Design: Silver Sage – The Sun Lodge, Regina (Kreate Architecture and Design)

Photography by Patricia Holdsworth Photography

Commercial Wood Design: Fort McMurray Airport, Fort McMurray (Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.)

Photography by Ema Peter

Institutional Wood Design: Kingsway/Royal Alexandra LRT Station, Edmonton (Stantec Architecture Ltd.)

When the Institutional Wood Design award was presented, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, who was in the crowd, joked that it was “finally some good news for the Metro [LRT] line,” which has been plagued with construction and service delays.

The Wood Advocate award was presented to Macdonald and Lawrence Timber Framing for its work on a forest service shed built for the Fort McMurray Historical Society. And the Jury’s Choice award went to StructureCraft Builders for their work on a bridge spanning the Bow River in Banff.

The Prairie Wood Design Awards are put on each year by Wood WORKS!, a national campaign backed by the Canadian Wood Council that advocates the use of wood in commercial, institutional and commercial construction projects.

For more information on the Wood WORKS! campaign, visit You can also see a video featuring this year’s Prairie Woods Design Awards winners on YouTube.

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