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Penticton Lakeside Resort Wins 2018 Commercial Wood Design Award

It’s with great honour and pride that HDR | CEI accepts the WoodWORKS! BC 2018 Commercial Wood Design Award for the Penticton Lakeside Resort, and dedicates the award to the late Nick Bevanda.

As Vice President and Design Principal, Nick was a leader in design from our Penticton studio. Nick had a vision for the project; to show the possibilities in wood construction. While attending the award ceremony in 2016, Nick told Project Manager Robert Cesnik and hotel owner Craig Prystay that the team would be back in a couple of years to accept an award for the new hotel … and he was right.

The Penticton Lakeside Resort expanded its facilities with a six-storey building, adding 70 units to the lakeside property. Cross-laminated timber provided by Structurlam was used in the all-wood construction of the building.

The project received unanimous support from the Penticton City Council, and they were enthusiastic about the addition of a modern, iconic building to Penticton’s waterfront. Upon completion of the resort expansion, a 20-storey wood tower has been proposed for the site next to the resort, which will include luxury-style condominiums and additional hotel space. If approved, it will be the world’s tallest wood building.

A memorial education fund has been set up in honour of Nick to support a graduate student from the Okanagan who is pursuing studies in the architectural and design field. To donate, visit the Nick Bevanda Memorial page.