Tallwood House recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC



On April 7th, Fast+Epp was thrilled to be selected as a winner for this year’s Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Engineering for the Tallwood House at Brock Commons.

The 18 storey, 400-bed student residence at The University of British Columbia is currently recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. The building features a first of its kind point-supported, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) floor system which was the key to its economic success.

Fast+Epp to work on “The Arbour”


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George Brown College announced that Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Acton Ostry Architects with Fast+Epp, structural engineers, have been selected as the winning team to design The Arbour on Toronto’s waterfront.  

“Fast+Epp is naturally thrilled to be part of the team selected to build a landmark, tall wood, low carbon building in Toronto,” says Paul Fast, Fast+Epp Founder and Principal.

The team was one of four shortlisted for the international competition.


Construction is complete on the Wilson School of Design



Fast + Epp kicked off the new year by celebrating the opening of the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In order to meet the needs of a growing university, the state-of-art design school is an addition that will provide more space for existing design programs as well as continuing and professional education. The well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the University’s Richmond campus on January 3rd.


Tallwood House at Brock Commons recognized by the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK

MECStorerenderingThe IstructE awards were held on November 17, 2017, where the Tallwood House at Brock Commons received the Construction Innovation award. This award is presented to projects that demonstrate structural engineering excellence in the innovative use of construction materials or processes. Constructed in collaboration with an incredibly capable design team that included Acton Ostry Architects and Seagate Structures, Fast + Epp is honoured to have been recognized with such a prestigious award.


Whistler Gateway Loop Roof Takes Shape!


MECStorerenderingThe timber roof structure for the new Whistler Gateway Loop is starting to be assembled. Located in the heart of Whistler Village, the featured roof of the transit exchange is constructed of glulam beams with concealed structural connections. Utilizing a state-of-the-art system from Germany, this is the most ambitious application for this particular connection system. Designed in collaboration with Public Design and Kerr Wood Leidal, the project is scheduled for completion in early 2018.


Now available: Canadian NLT Design and Construction Guide

MECStorerenderingCanada’s design and construction community will now have free access to detailed expert advice presented in the Canadian Nail-Laminated Construction Guide. Highlighting Canadian innovation and leadership, this guide which was co-edited with Perkins + Will and Fast + Epp, offers practical strategies and lessons learned from real-life projects. The guide is available on naturallywood.com


Construction officially underway on new MEC Flagship Store

MECStorerenderingGround has been broken for the new Mountain Equipment Co-op Flagship Store. Located in Olympic Village, the building will be constructed of timber and comprise 60,000 sq. ft. over three floors with multiple levels of underground parking.


Award of Excellence for Tallwood House at Brock Commons

TallwoodHouseThe Tallwood House at Brock Commons took home the Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering at the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) awards. This annual ceremony which took place on October 13, 2017, honours excellence in structural engineering throughout the world.


Recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world, the Tallwood House was commended for its innovative use of timber. The building consists five-ply cross laminated (CLT) floor panels, point-supported by glued-laminated timber columns, all resting on a concrete transfer slab at level two. Two full-height concrete cores provide lateral stability.


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