Tallwood House recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC

April 7, 2018

On April 7th, Fast+Epp was thrilled to be selected as a winner for this year’s Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Engineering for the Tallwood House at Brock Commons.

The 18 storey, 400-bed student residence at The University of British Columbia is currently recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. The building features a first of its kind point-supported, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) floor system which was the key to its economic success.

“When our firm was tasked with designing the structure for Brock Commons, the question was not ‘Can it be done?’ Can we build a timber structure, with all its inherent sustainability advantages, for the same price as a more conventional steel or concrete building?’,” says Paul Fast, Founder and Owner of Fast+Epp.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award is given to a submission that excels in all areas of the rated criteria, and is chosen from among the Award of Excellence recipients.

Read the official ACEC-BC announcement.