Fast + Epp to Build New Mass Timber Home Office

After 30 years in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, Fast + Epp, a Vancouver-based engineering firm, is making way for its new four-storey mass timber home office.

“The new building is a purpose-built structure that will give us a more updated space and more flexibility as we continue to grow,” said Paul Fast of Fast + Epp.

Rendering Courtesy of Fast + Epp

Located on 7th and Yukon Street near the Broadway/Cambie Skytrain transit nexus, the hybrid, mass timber superstructure will feature:

  • 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 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,” said Fast.

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’s history spans over three decades, with work of all types and scales in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Rendering Courtesy of Fast + Epp
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