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April 11, 2018

Graham Baba wins design award

Photos by Kevin Scott [enlarge]

Washington Fruit & Produce Co.'s Yakima headquarters, designed by Graham Baba Architects of Seattle, was honored in the WoodWorks 2018 Wood Design Awards, which recognizes wood buildings in the U.S.

The project won in the commercial wood design — low-rise category.

M.A. Wright was the structural engineer and Artisan Construction built it.

The design was inspired by the heavy timber and diagonal bracing of an abandoned barn nearby. The structure has exposed timber framing, with glulam columns that are pitched and rotated a quarter turn. Girder trusses span 50 feet over the open workspace, and wood structural insulated panels provide a slim profile for the sloping roof while improving energy efficiency.

Walls are light wood-frame, and the project reused wood from barns in the Northwest.

For all the winners, go to http://tiny.cc/y68nry/.

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council. It provides free assistance, education and resources for designing non-residential and multifamily wood buildings.