Wood Innovation and Design Centre
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) serves as a gathering place for researchers, academics, design professionals and others interested in generating ideas for innovative uses of wood. The University of Northern BC occupies the lower three floors of the building with facilities for the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design Program. Upper floors provide office space for government and wood industry-related organizations, as well as the planned Emily Carr University of Art + Design Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The eight-story building (6 stories with mezzanine plus penthouse), stands 29.5m tall — at the time of completion, it was the world’s tallest modern all-timber structure, serving as a benchmark to be broken by other mass timber buildings in the works.
This project was designed by Katerra Design Partner Michael Green Architecture with Equilibrium, a Katerra Company.
Achievements & Awards
- 2016 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
- 2015 RAIC Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture
- 2015 Lieutenant-Governor of BC Award in Architecture (Merit)
- 2015 AIBC Innovation Award