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Organization recognizes innovation in wood design

on Wednesday,September 22,2010 22:09

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In order to recognize architects and engineers who demonstrate excellence in the design of non-residential structures, WoodWorks presented eight Design Awards at its Wood Solutions Fair this month. The prizes were given to those who displayed innovation in the design of wooden objects.

The winners were chosen from a pool of nominations by a group of six industry experts. Each firm that received a Wood Design Award was featured in a short video presentation highlighting the project's inspiration and the construction process.

Wenzler Architects from Milwaukee won best commercial wood design, while Julie Snow Architects from Minneapolis won an award for institutional wood design. The prize for best green building went to Halvorson and Partners Structural Engineers from Chicago, and Cuningham Group Architecture from Minneapolis won best interior building.

In addition to the awards presentation, the day-long Wood Solutions Fair featured educational seminars on topics such as life cycle assessment, seismic and wind design, timber as an architectural structure, wood properties and their effects on paint and coatings, as well as reducing moisture problem, among other topics.

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