Innovation and ingenuity in structural engineering showcased in new mass timber office in Vancouver

Fast + Epp Home Office. Courtesy: Fast + Epp | Photo Credit: Michael Elkan Photography (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)

By / Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC 

VANCOUVER, BC, March 2, 2021 /CNW/ – The new head office for internationally-renowned structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp, is being recognized by the Canadian Wood Council and the BC forest industry for its innovation and ingenuity in wood design and building, and for being selected for funding support under Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood (GC Wood) Program. The hybrid mass timber building, located near downtown Vancouver on Yukon Street, is among the first office buildings in Vancouver to use mass timber as a structural material, and will showcase the same structural innovations and technologies that are at the forefront of their consulting practice. The GCWood Program aims to broaden the awareness of wood as a sustainable and renewable construction material and to increase the domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction.

“It’s a really special moment in our Fast + Epp company history to have the opportunity to move into a custom-built mass timber office building. It features a robust, sustainable structure, warm exposed wood interiors and the latest in seismic technology using self-centering, energy absorbing connectors,” explained Paul Fast, partner at Fast + Epp.

“The building will serve as living lab with ongoing thermal, moisture and vibration monitoring. It will also house Fast + Epp’s Concept Lab where physical testing of mass timber components and software development will take place,” he added.