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2017 Preserved Wood in Aquatic Uses Awards

Preserved wood products have a long, rich tradition of use in aquatic environments, including docks, piers, bridges and other port facilities.

Western Wood Preservers Institute is looking to celebrate the innovative uses of preservative-treated wood products in these projects with the 2017 Preserved Wood in Aquatic Uses Awards program. The top qualified entries will receive a wooden model of the Lady Washington (see below).

See the 2016 Aquatic Uses Award Winners

Please read the following before submitting a project. Entry forms can be submitted in printed form or electronically.

Click here to download a PDF form required for submitting an entry.



Submission Requirements

  • Project must prominently feature preserved wood products in either structural or non-structural uses in or over an aquatic environment.

  • Once an entry is submitted, it becomes the property of WWPI, which reserves the right to use submitted materials for future promotional uses. In entering a project, entrants give WWPI the express right to use all submitted photos in promotional materials and websites. Entrants are responsible for royalties or copyright fees resulting from the use of these photos.

  • Entry must include 5-10 high quality digital photos (300 dpi minimum resolution). Instructions for submitting the required photos digitally will be provided upon receipt of the completed entry form.

  • There is no charge for entering a project.

  • Projects must be located in the Western U.S. or British Columbia/Alberta, Canada.

  • Construction on a submitted project must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016.

NOTE: By submitting the entry form, you agree to give WWPI the express right to use all submitted photos in promotional materials and websites. Instructions for uploading photos will be sent to the e-mail address listed on the form.


The Lady Washington is a 90-ton sloop, refitted as a brigantine and named in honor of Martha Washington. It was the first American-flagged vessel to round Cape Horn, the first recorded vessel to reach the Oregon coast and the first to reach ports in Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan.



2016 Aquatic Uses Award Winners

Two British Columbia ports were recognized for their innovative uses of preservative-treated wood products as project winners in the 2016 Preserved Wood in Aquatic Uses Awards program.

Projects completed by the False Creek Harbour Authority in Vancouver, B.C. and the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island in Whaletown, B.C. took top honors for constructing port facilities using preservative-treated wood.

Each winning port received a wooden model of the sailing ship the Lady Washington. The ship, a 90-ton sloop, was refitted as a brigantine and named in honor of Martha Washington. It was the first American-flagged vessel to round Cape Horn, the first recorded vessel to reach the Oregon coast and the first to reach ports in Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan.

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WWPI Executive Director Dallin Brooks presents the 20016 award to False Creek Harbour Manager Mike Loy



Finger Floats - False Creek Harbour, BC

The False Creek Harbour project at Fishermen's Wharf featured construction of six 40-foot finger floats to serve as boat slips utilizing ACZA treated decking, tie rails and covering planks. The harbor said preserved wood was selected because of its lower initial construction cost and its proven durability.

The preserved wood finger floats "hold up better than most materials with the temperature fluctuations between seasons," said Harbour Manager Mike Loy, who noted preserved wood also has a better appearance over time.

"We feel the treated wood adds to the aesthetic appeal cultivated in our commercial fishing harbor and only gets better with age," Loy added.



Wharf and Floats - Whaletown, Cortes Island, BC

The Whaletown project encompassed rebuilding a 100-year-old wharf, including new 150-foot floats. The wharf and floats were previously owned by the Department of Transportation, who agreed to rebuild them before transferring it to the port authority.

Bob Katzko, president of the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island, said preserved wood was selected because of its low cost to maintain.

"We now have a very modern, elegant looking facility that should last us for decades," said Katzko.