Wood Innovation & Design Centre

Tallest contemporary wood building in North America at the time of construction


  • Designed to LEED Gold standards, this eight-storey building was constructed with more than 1,700 cubic meters of wood and engineered wood products manufactured in British Columbia
  • The facility serves as a gathering place for researchers, academics, design professionals, and others interested in generating ideas for innovative uses of wood
  • A mix of natural and charred cedar was used for the exterior (charring wood cladding is a centuries old Japanese technique)
  • Employed a ‘dry construction’ design (the use of wood as an alternative to concrete or steel) to reduce the carbon footprint, which was demonstrated by a life-cycle analysis
  • MMM’s sustainable design included:
    • an innovative low-energy mechanical ventilation system
    • energy-efficient lighting and associated controls
    • flexible power distribution and communication infrastructure
  • Conducted LEED facilitation and developed a sustainability strategy incorporating concept, design review, construction support, documentation, and submission to the Canada Green Building Council
  • Applied a concept energy model, reviewed design documents, and progressed the final energy model for submission to a third party modeller
  • Energy-efficient design reduced energy costs by 49%, achieving the highest number of LEED points for that category


  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • communications
  • lighting design
  • sustainability and LEED facilitation

  • ENR Global Best Projects, Award of Merit, Education / Research category, 2015

  • Prince George, British Columbia