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.
Due 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.
Fast + Epp is pleased to announce that we will be working alongside Herzog & de Meuron and Perkins + Will on the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The concept for the building is a unique and compelling design, one that will lend a dynamic presence to the downtown area. We look forward to collaborating with two prestigious architecture firms and lending a fresh, holistic approach to the project.
The ACEC-BC awards took place this past Saturday, April 9 where Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey was recognized with not only an Award of Excellence, but with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award as well. This accolade is the premier award of the evening, as the winner is chosen from amongst all recipients of the Awards of Excellence. Held at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, the awards celebrate technical excellence and innovation in engineering and Fast + Epp is extremely honored to be recognized.
Due to Canadians showing an increased interest in purchasing energy efficient homes, Fast + Epp joined forces with a design team to come up with an innovative concept to construct 4- to 6-storey residential buildings in Vancouver. The concept aims to meet the international Passive House Energy Standard resulting in low maintenance buildings that are higher in energy efficiency and are quicker to construct. For more information about the Passive House concept, click here.
Several Fast + Epp projects were honored at the BC Wood Design Awards held on February 29, 2016. The Queensway Transit Exchange was the recipient of the Small Institutional Wood Design Award, while the Old Main Addition at Thompson Rivers University was the recipient of the Large Institutional Wood Design Award. Lastly, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum was recognized with the Wood Innovation Award. These structures as well as several other award-winning projects were honored for their excellence in structural and architectural wood design.
MEC Head Office was constructed with over one million board feet of timber, enough to cover an NHL rink with a volume of wood over five and a half feet high making it one of the largest wood structures in the province. Discover more about this innovative structure and the use of mass timber by watching this short feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7rN206lkgI
Four Fast + Epp projects were honored at the 2015 Wood Design Awards that took place on January 15, 2016, in Ottawa, ON. Guildford Aquatic Centre received the Honor Award, MEC Head Office received the Merit Award, the Old Main Addition at Thompson Rivers University received the Citation Award, and the Philip J. Currie Museum received the Canadian Wood Council Award. All four projects were recognized for featuring innovative wood applications that are a testament to the versatility of wood.