Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre honored with The Supreme Award

HCMA GrandviewHeights 0057-credit-Ema-Peter-PhotographyGrandview Heights Aquatic Centre was awarded one of the highest accolades in world engineering over the weekend: the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.  The 2016 Structural Awards took place on November 11, 2016 in London England in order to recognize outstanding structural work from around the world. In addition to receiving the top honor, Grandview Heights was also the recipient of the Award for Community or Residential Structures. Fast + Epp is delighted to have been a part of the design team spearheaded by HCMA Architecture + Design, and to have witnessed the project achieve such significant honors awarded by The Institution of Structural Engineers, as well as those from the Canadian Consulting Engineers, Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada in BC, and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations.

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre wins big at CCE Awards


GrandviewHeightsGrandview Heights Aquatic Centre was honored twice at the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards which took place on October 25, 2016 in Ottawa. Recognized for its high level of excellence in quality engineering, innovation and societal benefit, the project was presented with the Award of Excellence in the Buildings Category. The Aquatic Centre also received the Schreyer Award, the highest honor bestowed on a project in Canada. The Jury acknowledged the Aquatic Centre for how it spans the primary structure across the long span instead of the short span as well as the hanging timber suspension roof. Fast + Epp is thrilled that the project has received such outstanding commendations.

Mannheim Gridshell featured in Bauen mit Holz magazine


mannheim web2For more than 40 years the Mannheim Multihalle has been considered the world’s largest self-supporting timber gridshell structure with an organic shape. In 1998, as a result of its unique architecture, the building was deemed a cultural monument. The single laths of the roof structure are connected with bolts to form a grid that acts in compression to efficiently carry vertical loads. This concept allows for long span structures with slender cross sections. In order to preserve this important architectural monument, a working group led by Fast + Epp presented a concept for the restoration that will be funded by donations. The engineers at Fast + Epp provided insight into the planned restoration in the October 2016 issue of “Bauen mit Holz” magazine. Click here to read the article or visit the project page.


Video: Final panel of world's tallest wood building lifted into place

The final panel of the world's tallest wood structure flew into place on August 9, 2016 in Vancouver, a design collaboration between Fast + Epp structural engineers and Acton Ostry Architects.


The 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia comprises a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. 

Robert Jackson recognized by Institution of Structural Engineers

RJwinFast + Epp’s Robert Jackson is the recipient of two prestigious awards handed out by the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Kenneth Severn Award is an essay competition in which engineers respond to a question posed by the current Institution’s President. Robert was recognized for his paper on sustainability design focus in the structural engineering profession. He was also recognized with the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award, an honor that credits a young structural engineer’s accomplishments and design involvement in three key projects. It is known to showcase diverse and skilled individuals under 30 years old who are driving the profession forward.


Winning the award is a unique opportunity to be marked out as "one to watch” among the Institution’s global membership, and is an internationally recognized mark of achievement in structural engineering.


To read more about Robert and the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award, click here.

Multiple Awards for Fast + Epp projects at AIBC Conference

grandviewpoolThe Architectural Institute of British Columbia annual conference concluded with an awards ceremony on May 18, 2016. Several Fast + Epp projects received recognition including the recently completed Guildford Aquatic Centre (Lieutenant Governor of BC Medal), and Grandview Aquatic Centre (Lieutenant Governor of BC Award of Merit). York House Senior School, the Rough House and Jasper Place Library also received commendation. The Special Jury Award went to 2211 Cambie and the Shaughnessy House. The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture were established to recognize excellence in architectural projects, while the Special Jury Awards are a nod to outstanding achievement.

Living Building Challenge certification for VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre

VanDusen credit-Nic-Lehoux-(46)VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre has received Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, the most advanced measurement of sustainability. Projects are recognized for their performance in Petals and VanDusen received certification in the Site, Materials, Health, and Beauty categories. This is a significant achievement for the building, and our firm is proud to have partnered with Perkins + Will on the project.

New Dragon Boat Paddling Centre set to open this weekend

Concord-Pacific-feature-984x500 webDue to the increasing popularity of dragon boating in Vancouver, a new home was needed for the sport.  Fast + Epp collaborated with McFarland Marceau Architects to design the new non-motorized paddling centre constructed at False Creek, which opens April 30. The structure consists of 6 small storage buildings, 6 floating docks, and two entry/exit ramps. Inspired by floating lanterns, the facility was constructed of semi-translucent panels and cube structures.

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