Having gained experience at two prominent Vancouver structural design firms after university, Paul Fast hung his own shingle at the ambitious age of 28. His work on landmark projects for EXPO ’86 charted the course for his fledgling company, along with a strong spirit of adventure and creativity.
Two years later, Gerald Epp (a fellow classmate from the University of British Columbia’s 1981 graduating class), left his position at Geiger Associates to join Paul in this new endeavor. What followed was a decades-long partnership between two engineers, both dedicated to the design of unique structural forms.
From 1987 to 2014, Paul and Gerald worked together to expand the firm and enjoyed many years of well-rooted and steady growth. In 1998, Gerald started a design-build company, StructureCraft, bringing many of Fast + Epp’s ambitious timber projects to fruition. In 2014, the partners decided to entirely separate the business interests of the two companies, with Gerald’s full focus shifting to StructureCraft, and Paul’s full focus remaining on Fast + Epp.