Ontario students catch “Timberfever”

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2nd Place & People’s Choice Award Team Ginkgo for “Woven Haven”

Ryerson University, in partnership with Moses Structural Engineers, has announced the winners of this year’s 36-hour TimberFever Design-Build Competition, intended to encourage “design, construction and communication beyond the classroom,” the organizers said in a news release.

Winners of the late September event were chosen by a panel of industry judges, with the People’s Choice Award chosen by the public with more than 1,000 online votes

The first place award went to Team Cherry Birch (with a $1,500 prize), while second place went to Team Ginkgo ($1,000 prize), and third place Team Sumac ($700 prize). Team Ginkgo also collected the People’s Choice Award (and a further $400 prize.)

The cross disciplinary 36 hour design-build competition attracted 16 teams from six universities across Ontario, including Ryerson, Carleton, Laurentian, Queen’s, Waterloo, and University of Toronto.

Students were tasked with building a community-based “Reading Room,” and over the course of the four-day competition, demonstrated teamwork, communication, time-management, and woodworking skills.

TimberFever, which has doubled in size from previous years, included both architectural science and civil engineering students, who were mentored by practising architects, engineers and representatives from the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario.

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