Timber framing is a mainstay of ski country architecture, so it should come as no surprise that industry group WoodWorks' 2015 Wood Design Awards just featured 3 projects in locales familiar to skiers and riders. There are no mega-mansions on this list, though, because the awards focus on nonresidential construction. In fact, many snow sports enthusiasts have probably experienced first-hand the most prominent ski country project to receive an award this year: the Jackson Hole Airport in Jackson, Wyo.
↑ The renovation and expansion of Jackson Hole Airport won the award for Institutional Wood Design from WoodWorks and previously won a 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award. The 110,000-square-foot LEED Silver certified building is supported by exposed timber and Douglas fir columns. This two-phase project was extra tricky because it's actually the only U.S. airport located in a National Park (Grand Teton National Park). Global architecture giant Gensler shares the award with associate firm Carney Logan Burke Architects.
↑ The University of Utah's Integrated Technology in Architecture Center received a Regional Excellence award for Project: ARCHITECTURE, which came out of a partnership with the Girls Scouts of Utah. The three cabins were built near Provo, Utah, using a new material called Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber (ICLT), which can be produced from beetle kill pine wood that would otherwise be turned into heating fuel.
↑ Down the road from Bromley Mountain ski area in southern Vermont sits the Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus, which also won a Regional Excellence award this year for the classroom addition that blends natural tree forms into the design that produces more energy (through solar panels and energy efficient technologies) than it consumes. Bensonwood was the architecture firm for the project.
-By Michael Schrantz
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