The new meeting hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon has won national recognition in the 2016 Wood Design Awards.

The congregation’s home on the western edge of Bend won the Green Building by Design award from WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. It was one of nine national awards given in different categories to projects in Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Italy and Japan. Two building projects in Portland and one in Gresham also won awards.

The awards seek to honor projects and design teams that showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material, Jennifer Cover, executive director of WoodWorks, said in a news release issued Tuesday.

Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co., of Bend, served as the general contractor; Hacker, formerly THA Architecture, of Portland, was the architect and Walker Structural Engineering, of Bend, was the structural engineer, according to the news release.

Sustainability guided the design of the church on Skyline Ranch Road near Skyliners Road, a member said when construction began in early 2014. Members began holding services in the new building in early 2015.

— Bulletin staff report

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