View: Mike Mammone of Ratio Architecture was lauded for the use of wood in the design of the new SASCU Uptown location.

View: Mike Mammone of Ratio Architecture was lauded for the use of wood in the design of the new SASCU Uptown location.

SASCU Uptown earns wood design honours

Salmon Arm’s history is built, in large part on forestry, and this has been reflected in the award-winning design of the SASCU Uptown branch

Salmon Arm’s history is built, in large part on forestry, and this has been reflected in the award-winning design of the SASCU Uptown branch.

The building’s architect, Mike Mammone of Ratio Architecture was recently honoured at the Wood WORKS! BC 2014 Wood Design Awards. The Architect Award was presented to Mammone for the design and planning of the project, where the use of wood was instrumental.

Innovative wood structural systems and 100 per cent wood framing fit a design solution for the building that focused on sustainable principles and are transferable to projects of varying scale and typology.

The architect met challenges to permit the use of wood by utilizing a strong collaborative relationship with all project stakeholders and shared a common vision to maximize the use of traditional and contemporary wood systems to fulfil project goals.

The project was also a winner in the Commercial Wood Design category.

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.

The annual Wood Design Awards evening recognizes leadership and innovation in wood use, while being an opportunity to publicly honour and encourage continued excellence in the building and design community.