Canadian Manufacturing

Fast + Epp announces the completion of construction on their mass timber and steel building

The well-being and productivity of staff are purportedly at the forefront of the building's design.

July 14, 2021  by CM Staff

Fast + Epp’s one of a kind new home office uses hybrid mass timber and steel as the structure’s fundamental building block to demonstrate material efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainable construction. Resilient in its design, the building incorporates Tectonus devices, a shock absorbent technology. This new technology will be the first time it has been installed across North America. (CNW Group/Fast + Epp)

VANCOUVER — Fast + Epp announces the completion of their new four-storey home office building in the Mount Pleasant district of Vancouver. The building uses hybrid mass timber and steel as the structure’s fundamental building block to demonstrate material efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainable construction.

The building incorporates Tectonus devices, a shock absorbent technology that dissipates and dampens energy, and also enables the building to snap back to its original position after an earthquake, allowing for an immediate return to occupancy. The new office is the first to use this technology in North America.

The well-being and productivity of staff are purportedly at the forefront of the building’s design – glazing allows for ample daylighting of the mass timber interiors, and smart glass technology automatically adjusts the tint level eliminating the need for any window blinds. With this technology, the building has a reduced energy consumption level.

The space on the ground floor features a new integrated laboratory space, Concept Lab, to allow for the development, testing and fabrication of new prototypes. The living laboratory will hopes to drive creativity, innovation and the testing of new ideas and technologies that will move structural engineering forward. Concept Lab is slated to open in the Fall of 2021.

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Fast + Epp worked closely in partnership with design architects F2A, interior designers HCMA, contractor Companion Construction, mass timber installers Seagate Structures and smart glass manufacturer View.