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Passive House Project Among Winners at the 2024 Wood in Architecture Awards

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council announced its 2024 Wood in Architecture award winners yesterday evening. The annual award celebrates excellence and innovation in the use of mass timber, heavy timber, light-frame, and hybrid building design, and it is meant to highlight teams who use wood to make buildings more sustainable, more resilient, and healthier. The award winners show that wood has a broad range of innovative applications that can be used in a variety of building typologies and climates, something exemplified by the fact that the seven winning projects come from seven different states (technically six states and one district).

“In schools, offices, and community gathering spaces, this year’s winning projects exemplify wood’s undeniably positive influence in modern design,” said WoodWorks President and CEO Jennifer Cover.

This year’s winning projects included:

Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies, Bowdoin College

  • Location: Brunswick, Maine 

  • Architect: HGA 

  • Structural Engineer: HGA 

  • General Contractor: Consigli Construction Co., Inc. 

  • Owner: Bowdoin College 

Founders Hall, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

  • Location: Seattle, Washington 

  • Architect: LMN Architects 

  • Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Carla Keel Group PLLC; Autoscan

  • General Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company 

  • Owner: Foster School of Business, University of Washington 

Google Borregas

  • Location: Sunnyvale, California 

  • Architect: MGA | Michael Green Architecture (Project Designer); SERA Architects (Architect of Record) 

  • Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting  

  • General Contractor: XL Construction  

  • Owner: Google 

Lakeridge Middle School

  • Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon 

  • Architect: Mahlum Architects 

  • Structural Engineer: KPFF 

  • General Contractor: Skanska 

  • Owner: Lake Oswego School District 

Photo by Dror Baldinger
Photo by Dror Baldinger
Learn more about the project here

Retail Village at Sycamore & Oak

  • Location: Washington, DC 

  • Architect: Adjaye Associates (Design Architect); Winstanley Architects & Planners (Architect of Record)

  • Structural Engineer: StructureCraft  

  • General Contractor: Banneker Ventures 

  • Owner: STE15 LLC, a joint venture of the Emerson Collective and Redbrick LMD 

Vesterheim Commons

  • Location: Decorah, Iowa 

  • Architect: Snøhetta (Design Architect); BNIM (Architect of Record) 

  • Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp; MBJ Engineers 

  • General Contractor: McGough Construction 

  • Owner: Vesterheim 

Photo by Jane Messinger
Photo by Jane Messinger
Learn more about the project here

11 E. Lenox

  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts  

  • Architect: Monte French Design Studio 

  • Structural Engineer: H+O Structural Engineering 

  • General Contractor: Haycon, Inc. 

  • Developer: Boston Real Estate Collaborative, LLC

Several projects utilized passive design principles to improve energy efficiency, but one project stands out because it has received certification from Phius. The project, 11 E. Lenox, was also featured in an article that appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of Passive House Accelerator magazine.

For more information about the winners, check out WoodWork's site here. The call for nominations for the 2025 Wood in Architecture Awards will open in December of 2024. 

11 E. Lenox under construction. Image courtesy of Monte French Design Studio
11 E. Lenox under construction. Image courtesy of Monte French Design Studio
Author: Jay Fox
Categories: Award, Article, Embodied Carbon