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.


Jasper Place Library receives Merit Award

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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.

CIRS awarded LEED Platinum

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The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, a first for the University of British Columbia. The Platinum certification, awarded by Canada Green Building Council, recognizes UBC and the design team led by Perkins+Will Architects, for their innovation and commitment to sustainable design as demonstrated in this high-performance building. A state-of-the-art "living-lab," CIRS enables researchers from leading academic institutions to perform interactive research on and assess current and future building systems and technologies.

Commendation for Tsingtao Pearl Visitors’ Centre

Tsingtao1s creditBenjaminZhuangCelebrating international excellence in structural engineering, Fast + Epp’s Tsingtao Pearl Visitors’ Centre has received a commendation from England’s Institution of Structural Engineers.
The visitor centre in Qingdao, China was recognized at the 2013 Structural Awards gala in London on November 15th in the Community - Residential Structures category.
“The designers have achieved an exceptional building against a backdrop of unease over possible construction practice and a very challenging timeline,” the judges said of the project.

Mass Timber: Knowing Your Options

Engineers Ian Boyle and Bernhard Gafner represented Fast + Epp at the annual Architectural Institute of BC Conference on October 24, delivering a presentation to local and international architects and engineers on the exciting potential of mass timber structural systems.
Their presentation — part of AIBC's "Sea of Change: Architecture on the Crest" conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre — was entitled "Mass Timber: Knowing Your Options." It featured information on the wide range of laminated timber options available to today's designer, including advantages and limitations.

Paul Fast Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Fast + Epp’s Managing Partner Paul Fast was recently awarded the 2013 R.A. McLachlan Award, APEGBC’s highest engineering honor, for his extensive contributions to the industry and community.


The award was established in 1965 to honour and reflect the values of R.A. McLachlan – an engineer who was highly-respected by all who knew him, for both his engineering ability, and his dedication to personal integrity and fairness.


A well-deserved and significant accomplishment, Paul’s career achievement award was presented at the Association’s annual gala banquet in Whistler, BC, on October 25th. 


Click HERE for the full list of award winners and watch videos highlighting their work.

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