WoodWorks – Wood Products Council has announced the winners of its 2021 Wood Design Awards, which celebrate excellence in wood building design and spotlight its continued rise in popularity across the US. The awards are an opportunity to recognize building designers for their skill and ingenuity and showcase projects that demonstrate the attributes of wood that make it so appealing.

“This year’s award winners epitomize the innovation, resilience, and flexibility required for projects to flourish in a changing world. We’re excited to see design and development teams approaching projects holistically, with buildings that respond uniquely to their communities. From one of the most environmentally advanced education buildings in the southeast to a historic winery in Napa, California, wood continues to demonstrate its value as a nimble and modern building material, ushering in new precedents and challenging the public’s perception of its role in the built world,” said WoodWorks President and CEO, Jennifer Cover. “A few of this year’s winning projects were completed in 2020 despite obstacles caused by the global pandemic. Through this lens, we are more inspired than ever by the achievements in wood design—from the quality of building systems to the expressiveness of the structures.”

Nominations from across the country were evaluated by an independent jury that included:

  • Clare Archer, Vice President/Senior Director, Gilbane Building Company, Washington, DC
  • Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP, Civic Design Director, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
  • Julie Hiromoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Director of Integration, Principal, HKS Inc., Dallas, TX
  • John Mitchell, Associate Partner, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Chicago, IL


National award categories include:

  • Multi-Family Wood Design
  • Commercial Wood Design – Mid-Rise
  • Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise
  • Wood in Government Buildings
  • Wood in Schools
  • Institutional Wood Design
  • Green Building with Wood
  • Beauty of Wood
  • Durable & Adaptable Wood Structures

National Winners

Multi-Family Wood Design: Timber Lofts

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Developer/Owner: 234 West Florida Street
Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects
Structural Engineer: Pierce Engineers
Contractor: Catalyst Construction

Wood in Schools: Oregon State University Forest Science Complex

Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Developer/Owner: Oregon State University
Architect: MGA | Michael Green Architecture
Structural Engineer: Equilibrium, a Katerra Company
Contractor: Andersen Construction

Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise: Cakebread Cellars Expansion

Location: Rutherford, California
Developer/Owner: Cakebread Cellars
Architect: BCV Architecture + Interiors
Structural Engineer: Kenneth Campbell, P.E.
Contractor: Wright Contracting

Commercial Wood Design – Mid-Rise: Outpost

Location: Hood River, Oregon
Developer/Owner: Key Development
Architect: Skylab Architecture
Structural Engineer: Valar Consulting Engineering
Contractor: Key Development

Institutional Wood Design: The Discovery Center

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Developer/Owner: East Park Leadership and Conservation Center
Architect: DIGSAU
Structural Engineer: CVM
Contractor: INTECH Construction

Durable & Adaptable Wood Structures: Trefethen Historic Winery

Location: Napa, California
Developer/Owner: Trefethen Family Vineyards
Architect: Taylor Lombardo Architects with Preservation Architecture
Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers
Contractor: Facility Development Company

Green Building with Wood: The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Developer/Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology
Architect The Miller Hull Partnership, in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra Company
Structural Engineer: Uzun + Case
Contractor: Skanska USA

Beauty of Wood: Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center Duke University

Location: Durham, North Carolina
Developer/Owner: Duke University
Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Structural Engineer: LHC Structural Engineers
Contractor: LeChase Construction

Wood in Government Buildings: Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center

Location: Wantagh, New York
Developer/Owner: NYS Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Architect: nARCHITECTS
Structural Engineer: Silman Structural Engineering
Contractor: Scalamandre Construction

Jury’s Choice: Freedom House Expansion

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Developer/Owner: Freedom House Ministries Green Bay
Architect: Berners Schober
Structural Engineer: raSmith
Contractor: Immel Construction

Regional Excellence Winners

1040 W Fulton

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Developer/Owner: Summit Design + Build, LLC
Architect: Hartshorne Plunkhard Architecture
Structural Engineer: IMEG Corporation
CONTRACTOR: Summit Design + Build

Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center at Clemson University

Location: Seneca, South Carolina
Developer/Owner: Clemson University
Architect: Cooper Carry
Structural Engineer: Britt, Peters and Associates Inc.
Contractor: Sherman Construction

Biosmass Boiler Building

Location: Quincy, California
Developer/Owner: High Sierra Community Energy Development Corporation
Architect: AMLGM
Structural Engineer: Holmes Structures
Contractor: Houston Construction

Cedar Speedster

Location: Seattle, Washington
Developer/Owner: Revelution LLC
Architect: Weber Thompson
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers
Contractor: Turner

Church of the Incarnation Addition

Location: Dallas, Texas
Developer/Owner: Church of the Incarnation
Architect: HH Architects
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
Contractor: Lee Lewis Construction

Platte Fifteen

Location: Denver, Colorado
Developer/Owner: Crescent Real Estate, LLC
Architect: OZ Architecture
Structural Engineer: KL&A Engineers & Builders
Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Princeton University Laboratory for Embodied Computation

Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Developer/Owner: Princeton University
Architect: The Living (Design Architect), NK Architects (AOR)
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Contractor: Epic Construction

Tennis Pavilion

Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Developer/Owner: Carriage Club
Architect: Generator Studio
Structural Engineer: SMA Engineering
Contractor: Centric Projects

UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios

Location: Culver City, California
Developer/Owner: The Regents of the University of California
Architect: Johnston Marklee
Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Contractor: Abbott Construction


WoodWorks – Wood Products Council, a nonprofit, provides education and free technical support related to the design, engineering and construction of commercial and multi-family wood buildings in the US.