Fast + Epp to work on “The Arbour”

April 4, 2018

George Brown College announced that Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Acton Ostry Architects with Fast+Epp, structural engineers, have been selected as the winning team to design The Arbour on Toronto’s waterfront.

“Fast+Epp is naturally thrilled to be part of the team selected to build a landmark, tall wood, low carbon building in Toronto,” says Paul Fast, Fast+Epp Founder and Principal.

The team was one of four shortlisted for the international competition.

The Arbour, a $130 million project, features an innovative structural design that harnesses the unique two-way spanning capability of cross laminated timber (CLT). The floors are comprised of an array of CLT panels supported by timber columns that ultimately create a clean, flat, point-supported surface for unobstructed service distribution. This structural concept should significantly reduce construction and fabrication time, while achieving larger spans suitable for institutional spaces.

The 10 storey, 16,250 square-metre facility, will serve as an educational hub for George Brown College and will include a Tall Wood Research Institute.

“This project is a really special one, and we look forward to working with George Brown College and the design team,” adds Fast.

Construction of The Arbour is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Read the George Brown College announcement.