MMM Group Limited’s Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) project, in Prince George, BC, recently won the ENR 2015 Global Best Projects Award of Merit in the Education / Research category. MMM provided the electrical, mechanical, and sustainability consulting services for the $25M project, currently the world’s tallest contemporary all-timber structure, at eight-storeys (29.5 metres) tall.
Highlights of the WIDC project include the use of wood as an alternative to concrete or steel – considered ‘dry construction’ design; the use of a mix of natural cedar and charred cedar (charring wood cladding is a centuries old Japanese technique) for the exterior; and an energy-efficient design that reduced energy costs by 49%, achieving the highest possible number of LEED points for that category. The dry construction technique also reduces carbon footprint, as demonstrated by a life-cycle analysis. All 1,700 cubic metres of wood products were manufactured in B.C., and 250 new jobs were created.
The ENR Global Best Project Awards honour the best new construction projects around the world. Projects are judged on construction safety, engineering innovation and contribution to the global community, aesthetic merit, and global diversity of the project team.
This newest award is the next in a growing list of kudos received by this innovative project; a list which includes the 2015 ACEC-BC Award for Engineering Excellence; 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Architectural Award; and the Wood Innovation Award at the 2015 Wood Design Awards.