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

Fast + Epp provides support for the future use of the Mannheim Multihalle

MannheimImageThe City of Mannheim is currently raising funds for the restoration of the world-renowned Multihalle that was designed by Pritzker Prize winner Frei Otto. In order to brainstorm ideas for the future of this structure, the city and chamber of architects in Baden-Wuerttemberg invited international professionals to a workshop which took place over 2 days in early March 2017. Experts in landscaping, architecture, cultural and creative industries, engineering and event management came together to discuss concepts for viable uses for the Multihalle.

Mosaic Centre honored at Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards

1s creditSPThe Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce was recognized with the Award of Merit at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards this past Friday. The gala which took place on February 24 in Edmonton is an annual awards gala that honors excellence in engineering not only in Alberta but throughout the world. The mass timber building was completed in collaboration with Manasc Isaac Architects and is a true testament to sustainability; it targets Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum, and Living Building Challenge certification.

New Designated Structural Engineers at Fast + Epp


engLast month two employees out of our Vancouver Office, Senior Associate Derek Ratzlaff and Associate Nick Bevilacqua, received their Structural Engineer designations. This designation now enables them to be involved in projects that are classified as Part 3 buildings (as defined in the BC Building Code, the Vancouver Building Bylaw and the National Building Code of Canada). Congratulations are in order for Nick and Derek for their hard work in successfully achieving this special designation.

The Tallwood House at Brock Commons


BrockJoin Fast + Epp’s Tanya Luthi on February 21, 2017 in Quebec and the following day in Montreal as she discusses the design and construction of the Tallwood House at Brock Commons. She will provide detailed information on the structure of the building which utilized cross-laminated timber floor panels eliminating the need for beams, and was erected in nine weeks. 


View information for the Quebec presentation here and the Montreal presentation here.

The Structural Engineer’s Profile of Paul Fast and Fast + Epp

StructEngMagThis month’s issue of The Structural Engineer features Paul Fast and his firm, Fast + Epp. This in-depth article details how he got his start as a structural engineer and the creation of his company. You’ll also learn what drives him and the firm to be fresh outside the box thinkers, particularly when it comes to the use of timber in building design. Discover more about the man behind the award-winning firm by clicking here.

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