The Mosaic Centre in Edmonton, Alberta won an Award of Excellence on April 16, 2015. The gala event celebrated the 10th anniversary of steel design and honored six projects all showcasing the innovative use of steel. The material played an important role in the Mosaic Centre by supporting the roof and in the finely detailed wood-steel stairs and bridges that are featured in the atrium.
On Friday April 10, 2015, the 26th annual Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia award gala was held in Vancouver, BC. Kin Centre Complex was the recipient of the Award of Excellence, an honor that recognizes innovation and technical excellence in engineering. Designed as the focal point of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the Complex features an expressive wood roof supported by gently curving steel beams.
The Centre for Interactive Research at the University of British Columbia will be the recipient of the 2015 RAIC Green Building Award. The award will be presented in Calgary at the RAIC Festival of Architecture that takes place from June 3-6, 2015. The 5,675 sq. m. structure is one of the few buildings worldwide that is considered regenerative. It achieves net-positive energy, net-zero water, and net-zero carbon in construction and operations. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and well-being of users.
On March 17, 2015, the Philip J. Currie Museum was the recipient of three awards at the Prairie Wood Design Awards. Recognized for its innovative use of timber, the museum was honored with the Commercial/Wood Design Award, the Wood Advocate Award as well as the Engineer Wood Advocate Award. Constructed in collaboration with StructureCraft, the building was designed as a metaphorical reference to the dinosaur bones that are featured within the museum.
Fast + Epp together with Diamond Schmitt Architects is set to take on a significant project: the renovation of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. After nearly four years of planning, work is scheduled to begin in early summer. The renovation will expand space within the building, reorient the direction it faces and enhance the patron experience. The most notable visual change will be the glass wrap around on a portion of the building with a multiple storey tower as the focal point.
Fast + Epp has been awarded an exciting new job with the University of British Columbia Properties Trust; a 16-18 storey wood-based Student Residence Building. The building, anticipated to be the tallest building on campus will have a height of 53m and a gross floor plan of approx. 157,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin November 2015.
Jasper Place Library is the featured Spotlight article in the January 2015 edition of Structure Magazine, and is also showcased on the front cover. The Library was an Outstanding Award Winner in the 2014 NCSEA Annual Excellence Award in Structural Engineering awards program. The article highlights the project from design to completion, and features key details regarding the distinctive ‘floating’ roof. Click here to read the article.
Concept, an iPhone app that Fast + Epp introduced in October 2013 has hit the 10,000th download mark. The app allows architects to explore the aesthetics of wood, concrete and steel, and determine each material’s feasibility and depth. This is an exciting milestone for all who were involved in the design and development of the app. For more information on the Concept App, click here.