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TimberFever Design-Build Competition Announces Winners

The results are in from TimberFever’s fourth annual design-build competition. The event, presented by Moses Structural Engineers, was held this past weekend from September 20-23.

Architecture and civil engineering university students from across Canada competed in building a life-size structure out of wood. In this year’s design brief students were tasked with building a “Water Station.” The winning teams were announced at the TimberFever Awards Ceremony on September 23.

TimberFever Design-Build Competition 2018 Winners:

1st Place Winner: “Melting Iceberg”
2nd Place Winner: “In Motion”
3rd Place Winner: “Golden Refill Station”

Public voting for the People’s Choice Award is now open. Cast your vote at

All 16 projects are currently on display at David Pecaut Square, Metro Hall at 215 King Street West in Toronto. They will be on display until September 26.

Industry leaders graciously volunteered their time throughout the event. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including David Moses from Moses Structural Engineers, Angie Michail from LGA Architectural Partners, and Robert Smyth from Taylor Smyth Architects.

View the full list of judges and mentors.

TimberFever was held at Ryerson University for the first two days of the competition, followed by University of Toronto for the last two days of the competition. The event is organized by a team of Ryerson students.

“We created this competition to get future architects, engineers and professional trades working together before they graduate and enter the workforce.” Says David Moses, creator of TimberFever and principal of Moses Structural Engineers.

Each team was given a limited amount of supplies, including plywood, screws, nails, brackets, fabric and a access ramp. The wood was supplied by Kott Lumber and Tamarack; tools were supplied by Stanely/DeWalt; and Carpenters Union (Local 27) provided hands-on support to the teams and helped them with construction.

View the full list of sponsors.

The event was a tremendous success with 16 teams from universities across Canada, including Ryerson, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, University of Quebec, Laurentian, and Waterloo.

“Since the beginning, we’ve felt a real sense of community around TimberFever, where everyone comes together to collaborate, teach and inspire. It’s been wonderful to watch.” Says Moses.

“We are passionate about designing and building with wood, and we want to share all the positive attributes of this wonderful material with the next generation of designers.”

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About TimberFever

TimberFever is a design-build competition presented by Moses Structural Engineers. We bring architecture and civil engineering students from universities across Canada together to build a life-size structure out of wood.

Our mission is to create collaboration between students of architecture and engineering, while developing design, construction and communication skills that will be invaluable to their future careers.

Moses Structural Engineers first began the competition in 2015 with Ryerson students only. Since then it has doubled in size and expanded to universities across Canada.

TimberFever was inspired by the Defi Cecobois competition held annually by Cecobois in Quebec. Nous vous remercions, Cecobois, de nous inspirer!