Richmond Olympic Oval wins gold for structural design
The Olympic venue, which will host speed skating during the 2010 Games, beat out a tough field of competitors, including the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest," and the new retractable roof at Wimbledon's Centre Court in London, to win the top award for a sports or leisure structure by the Institution of Structural Engineers
The Richmond Olympic Oval, designed by Cannon Design, is a multi-purpose sports and recreation facility. Its roof features hollow, triangular-shaped wood steel arches and so-called wood wave panels constructed from pine beetle-killed wood boards from B.C. forests.
Based in London, the Institution of Structural Engineers is dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.