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.
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.
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.