Fast + Epp to build new home office in Vancouver
July 23, 2019
Vancouver, BC – Excavation has begun this week to make way for Fast + Epp’s new four-storey, 17,000 ft2 mass timber home office in Vancouver, BC. The hybrid, mass timber superstructure is scheduled to be erected within 12 days.
After 30 years in their current Kitsilano location, the firm has outgrown its existing office building and has decided to relocate closer to transit to reduce employee commute times.
Located at 7th and Yukon Street in Vancouver near the Broadway/Cambie Skytrain transit nexus, the new, materials-efficient building design will feature:
- Pre-fabricated, hybrid mass timber and steel superstructure
- Electro-chromatic glass – a remote controlled, variable tint glazing system that optimizes shading and reduces energy costs
- CLT firewall prefabricated with exterior finishes
- Tectonus – an earthquake-resistance technology with innovative Resilient Slip Friction Joints that effectively dissipates energy and does not require post-event maintenance. Tectonus technology will anchor the CLT shearwalls and will be a first in North America.
The new building is a purpose-built structure that will give us a more updated space and more flexibility as we continue to grow, explains Paul Fast of Fast + Epp.
“The entire Fast + Epp team is really proud of this new office design. It’s allowing us to experiment with features and structure that are at the forefront of what we do as a firm, and gives us the freedom to be practical and thoughtful, yet also adventurous,” he adds.
The anticipated move in is expected for the spring of 2020. The new facility has been designed collaboratively with F2A Architects (base building) and HCMA (interiors).
Established in 1985, Fast + Epp is an internationally recognized structural engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, BC. Our history spans over three decades, with work of all types and scales in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
As part of the firm’s commitment to better service a growing number of clients domestically and abroad, Fast + Epp expanded across North America to New York, Seattle, Edmonton, and Calgary, and maintains a strong presence in Europe through our Darmstadt, Germany office, established in 2010.
For more information about Fast + Epp’s offices and award-winning projects, visit www.fastepp.com.