Northern designs lauded for wood use: Ontario Wood WORKS! hosted annual awards gala Nov. 20.

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Northern Ontario buildings, designers and wood advocates were among those recognized by Ontario Wood WORKS! during its annual awards gala on Nov. 20.

The program honours people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.

Among the 13 award winners were:

* Northern Ontario Excellence Award: North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (North Bay); architect: Mitchell Jensen Architects Inc. Structural engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.;

* Residential Wood Design Award: Clear Water Retreat (Lake of the Woods); architect: Secter Architecture + Design;

* Institutional Wood Design Award (value less than $15 million): Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre...

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