The 25th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence took place Saturday April 12, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Fast + Epp was granted the Award of Excellence in the Buildings category for Jasper Place Library and the Award of Merit in the Transportation & Bridges category for Bow River Pedestrian Bridge and Utility Crossing. These awards recognize the best and brightest in B.C. and are a testament to the outstanding work showcased throughout the industry. Fast + Epp is honoured to be the recipient of both awards.
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Gerald Epp was the recipient of the Engineer Award for Bow River Bridge on Monday March 3, 2014 at the Wood Design Awards in Vancouver, BC. The striking bridge was designed to blend into the natural beauty of Canada’s first national park. A minimal, unimposing design was used and careful attention to detailing, mitigation of dynamic behavior, and a high degree of pre-fabrication were some of the keys to the success of the bridge. The final design features an 80m clear span, which for a timber bridge is one of the longest of its kind.
Fast + Epp Partner Gerald Epp is featured in the Vancouver Sun where he discusses the use of wood in the creation of beautiful structures. Click here to read (and watch, video is included) how the flexability of wood is a major factor in many stunning local projects including the Richmond Olympic Oval Roof and VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre.
The 2014 ArchEng Design Competition asks students to design a multispan pedestrian bridge which integrates with landscape, city and the paths which it connects.The successful team will have a structure which is highly functional and yet expressive, providing a culturally relevant and memorable addition to the fabric of place. For more information and to view submission guidelines, click here.
On December 4th, Eastgate Office Building which is home to Environment Canada and commercial space, won the top project award for design in the commercial category. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, this architecturally unique three-storey structure was designed by Manasc Isaac Architects. The 7,239 square metre space features a central atrium with sloped steel columns and a custom wood spiral staircase. The award, issued by Alberta Construction magazine, recognizes the pleasing visual aesthetics of the building as well as its sustainable practices.
Jasper Place Library has received a merit award in the Urban Architecture category at The City of Edmonton’s Urban Design Awards. The awards, which took place on November 22, 2013, at City Hall in Edmonton, honour architectural excellence. Completed in collaboration with HCMA and Dub Architects, this 15,000 square foot library features a distinctive post-tensioned undulating concrete shell providing a fully open space below.
“Edmonton’s Urban Design Awards broaden the dialogue about the value of good design and its importance in creating more enduring, distinct and memorable urban places that make up a great city,” says Toronto urban designer Mark Reid, one of this year’s judges.