Fast + Epp to retrofit the world‘s largest self-supporting timber grid shell

2 MultiCreditFreeWikimediaDesigned by Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler and Joachim Langner in 1975, this multifunctional hall was originally built as a temporary structure for a horticultural exhibition in Mannheim, Germany.  With a roof area of 102,000 sq. ft., and spans up to 200 ft, this unique timber lattice roof structure remains the largest self supporting timber grid shell structure in the world, and has been listed as a historical cultural monument since 1998.  Fast + Epp recently won an international competition to undertake a design review and retrofit of this historical monument to restore the timber grid shell to its original splendor.


Tsingtao Pearl Visitor's Centre recipient of Global Award of Merit

Tsingtao creditDWThe Engineering News-Record Global Best Projects Awards were announced on May 9, 2014. The Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Centre in Qingdao, China was granted the Global Award of Merit in the Cultural category. The awards were given to projects that are outstanding examples of challenges, risks and rewards of designing and building internationally. A method was devised to work on two continents in order to produce the 28,000 square foot visitor centre. All design work and prefabrication of the structure’s components took place in Canada, then sent to China as a kit-of-parts for assembly. Awards will be presented May 13th at the ENR+Dodge 2014 Global Construction Summit in New York City.


Two Fast + Epp projects awarded at ACEC-BC Gala

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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.


Fast + Epp is now on LinkedIn

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In addition to being on Twitter, Google+ and YouTube, now you can follow Fast+ Epp on LinkedIn. Stay up-to-date on projects, architectural and engineering resources, speaking engagements, as well as news about our staff and offices.


Gerald Epp receives Engineer Award


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.


Master builder bends wood to his will


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.


Fast + Epp 2014 ArchEng Design Competition


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.


Eastgate Office Building wins Top Design Award

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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.


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