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.
The Richmond Olympic Oval was recently awarded the All Time Award by the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities. The accolade is reserved for landmark sports facilities from the past half century. Built as a speed skating venue for the 2010 Olympics, the facility is now used as a community recreation centre. The award recognizes the Oval for its multi-use capabilities and the positive impact it has had on the surrounding community.
On October 22, 2015, the Queensway Transit Exchange project was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in the Community Institutional category at the Southern Interior Construction Association Awards. Recognized for its curved canopy constructed of Glulam beam & decking panels and supported by 4 “Y” columns, the awards honor prominent commercial and industrial projects from the Thompson, Okanagan and Kootney regions.
As a small firm established 30 years ago, Fast + Epp has grown into an internationally recognized firm. To assist with this growth, we are expanding to Seattle with an office opening this month, followed by an office in New York opening early 2016. Further to this exciting news, we are also proud to announce the appointment of 6 new Associates who will join our current Management team. We look forward to the journey ahead and what the next 30 years will bring.
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