Design of Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre Roof detailed in The Structural Engineer magazine

 

MultiHalleGridshellGrandview Heights Aquatic Centre is featured in this month’s The Structural Engineer Magazine. The article dives into the award-winning design of the novel roof and the challenges encountered throughout the design process.

 

The Aquatic Centre, located in Surrey, BC was completed in 2016 and has since received numerous awards for its undulating roof structure and is a testament to the benefits of using timber to create innovative, cost-efficient buildings.

 

Read the article in its entirety here.

First Phase of National Arts Centre Renovations Complete

 

MultiHalleGridshellThe National Arts Centre is a landmark building for the performing arts located in the Parliament Hill precinct in Ottawa, Ontario. It has recently undergone extensive renovations with the initial phase of work being completed for the July 1st celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday where Paul Fast, Donald Schmitt and the rest of the architectural team were in attendance. Also present were Prince Charles and other dignitaries who participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

Improvements to the building include a new atrium and foyer addition featuring an architecturally striking coffered ceiling prefabricated as a novel hybrid timber-steel structure. Additional upgrades to the complex will be completed later this year and in 2018. 

Iconic 3 Civic Plaza Nearing Completion

 

MultiHalleGridshellThe topping off ceremony for 3 Civic Plaza in Surrey was held on Friday, June 16, 2017. Regarded as the third tallest building in Vancouver, its novel design departs from a conventional core approach. Visually locating expressive shear walls at the ends of the structure enables more flexibility for optimal suite layouts.

 

The building comprises of 5-storeys of office space and 38-storeys of residential units which are nearly sold out. Also included is retail space and a 20-storey hotel with 2 amenity floors. Kwantlen Polytechnic University will occupy 5-storeys within the building. Construction of the landmark building is scheduled for completion in December 2017.

Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide now available

MultiHalleGridshellThe NLT US Design and Construction Guide was developed by a group of specialists, including engineers from Fast + Epp to encourage and assist with the use of timber in the construction community.  Available now, the guide provides direction to ensure safe and economical use of NLT in a project.  Illustrated and graphic references of real-life applications are included to provide visual aid and inspiration.  Available as a free download at reThinkWood.com.

Mannheim Multihalle at the congress of the German Society for Concrete and Construction Technology

MultiHalleGridshellDr. Jochen Stahl presented the renovation concept for the preservation of the more than 40-year-old structure at the congress of the German Society for Concrete and Construction Technology in Stuttgart, Germany. The building constructed on the occasion of the German National Garden Show in 1975 became a landmark of the City of Mannheim. With the concept of Fast + Epp the original substance can be largely preserved for a new usage. Also another lecture of this technical meeting focused on the German National Garden Show in 2019 in Heilbronn and its sustainable urban development.

Transportation sector projects featuring timber showcased in Bauen mit Holz

multihalleBauen mit Holz is a reputable trade journal based in Germany and featured in their March 2017 edition is an insightful article about the use of wood in transportation projects. Authored by Paul Fast, Jochen Stahl and Christian Rosenkranz of Fast + Epp, the article describes the current resurgence of utilizing timber in the transportation sector. The article mainly features transportation projects built in the last 15 years in Greater Vancouver. Particular attention is paid to the innovative ways wood can be used to achieve striking structures.

Structural Engineering Services awarded to Fast + Epp for the extension of the ZFMK in Bonn

multihalleThe Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) as Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity is an independent research institute and one of the largest natural-history-research museums in Germany. The ZFMK is planning an extension to the existing museum in order to provide space for the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research, a library, the Research Archive for the History of Biology as well as a fish collection. We look forward to an integral planning process as well as collaborating with ZFMK and the entire planning team.

Fast + Epp joins association for restoration of Mannheim Gridshell

 

multihalleThe city of Mannheim, Germany, has created an association to raise funds for the preservation of a unique structure: the Multihalle Gridshell. Designed by Pritzker prize winner Frei Otto in 1974, the timber lattice roof structure, comprising of wooden slats spaced every 50 centimeters, forms the world’s largest self-supporting timber gridshell. As early as 2015, a working group led by Fast + Epp presented a concept for the restoration that would turn the temporary structure into a permanent building. A long-time supporter of the preservation of this cultural monument, Fast + Epp forms a part of the association, furthering our commitment to the preservation of the Gridshell.


“I admire the pioneer Frei Otto. It was only through the artful combination of structure and architecture that it was possible to develop such an unusual filigree structure. Our preserving the Multihalle will shine a light on Frei Otto to be honoured as an architect of his time”, Dr. Jochen Stahl explaining the commitment of Fast + Epp to this project.


For more information about the Multihalle e.V. association or to become a member, visit the website http://www.mannheim-multihalle.de/

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