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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).
  • WSP 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.
  • WSP’s sustainable design included:
    • an innovative low-energy mechanical ventilation system
    • energy-efficient lighting and associated controls
    • flexible power distribution and communication infrastructure
  • WSP conducted LEED facilitation and developed a sustainability strategy incorporating concept, design review, construction support, documentation, and submission to the Canada Green Building Council.
  • We also applied a concept energy model, reviewed design documents, and progressed the final energy model for submission to a third party modeler.
  • Our energy-efficient design reduced energy costs by 49 per cent, achieving the highest number of LEED points for that category.


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Communications
  • Lighting Studio
  • Sustainability and LEED Facilitation


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

Location: Prince George, British Columbia