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Western Red Ceddar 2012 Architectural Design Awards

The 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards, which recognize top innovative design using one of the world’s most beautiful, durable and sustainable building materials, Western Red Cedar, are open and seeking project entries.

Entries must be made online at www.construction.com/community/WRCLA2012 and submitted by December 15, 2012. The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association sponsors the design awards.

Architects are encouraged to enter building projects representing all different disciplines. A jury of leading architects will select the winners in January. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter and have their projects profiled online and in print publications throughout 2013.

“The Architectural Design Awards allows the opportunity for us to tell the story behind the project,” said Bohlin Cywinski Jason, lead architect on Combs Point Residence which won recognition in 2010. “We used Western Red Cedar siding on our project because it is a durable and sustainable material, but it also complements design elements and highlights the natural beauty of the home location.”

How to enter:

· All entries must be submitted online.

· Minimum of 5 high resolution photos of the project, including one front elevation, detail and interior photo.

· Submissions must also include site layout and floor plans.

· If entry is a remodel or renovation project, entrant must provide at least 2 additional “before” images.

· Entrant must provide a 250 word project description with particular comments on why Western Red Cedar was selected.

Winners from the 2010 awards included Chadbourne + Doss’s Wood Block Residence, Alfred Waugh Architect’s First People’s House, and the Bernal Park Restroom Building by Mark Cavagnero Associates. For a complete list of 2010 winners, visit www.construction.com/cedarawards.

“Mark Cavagnero Associates is pleased to have been highlighted as an award winner in 2010 because the use of Western Red Cedar played an integral role in our design,” said Mark Cavagnero, lead architect on the project. “The master plan for this city near San Francisco called for incorporating architectural elements into a community park to support a baseball program and various special events. The solution for a restroom and storage building adjacent to the park’s central gathering area fits elegantly amid the picturesque setting. We wrapped with a façade with Western Red Cedar boards to match the natural light while the durable cedar cladding finished in a semi-transparent stain - and graffiti-resistant coating.”

About Western Red Cedar Lumber Association:
Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) is a Vancouver, B.C. based non-profit association known as "the voice of the cedar industry.” Founded in 1954, the association operates architect advisory and technical service programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. It seeks to inspire, inform and instruct architects and consumers about Western Red Cedar, its uses and benefits.

Western Red Cedar is one of nature’s truly remarkable building materials. Not only does it have distinctive beauty, natural durability and centuries of proven performance, Western Red Cedar is the ultimate green product. It produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less water and air pollution, requires less energy to produce than alternatives and comes from a renewable and sustainable resource. Equally important, Western Red Cedar is carbon neutral. For more information please visit, www.wrcla.org.

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