Local architect James Tuer won an award last week for design in “Western Red Cedar” at the 2016 BC Wood Design Awards. He won the award for the design of the 6,000 sq. ft. Bowen Island Buddhist International Society Retreat.
Judges were looking for “innovative designs of wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and mid-rise construction.” The event was presented by Wood WORKS! BC, an organization promoting Canadian wood sales for construction. The event, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, “recognized leadership in advancing wood use in design and building while being an opportunity to publicly salute and celebrate structural and architectural achievement using wood.” The judges commended the project for its innovative use of curved beams and extensive use of western red cedar inside and out.
Tuer is busy at work on the Bowen Island pub and had two other Bowen projects nominated including the First Credit Union and Ruddy Potato expansion which he completed in 2014. He is now beginning to design the library annex and art gallery and has been assisting with the garden gateway project alongside the road in Snug Cove.