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Fast + Epp Head Office

Vancouver, Canada
Construction Status Complete
Structural Engineers  Fast+Epp
Main Contractor Robinson Building

Fast + Epp new head office

Established in 1985, Fast + Epp is an internationally recognized structural engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. They are known for their holistic design and their award-winning projects prove their forward-thinking approach to structures of all types - notably The Richmond Olympic Oval, UBC Tallwood House and The Spar.

Situated on the Ring of Fire, Vancouver is prone to experience seismic activity. The Fast + Epp team designed their office with a completely innovative and practical approach. Knowing full well the business continuity risks of a seismic event, Fast + Epp chose to go for an 'above-code' design using Tectnus devices. 

The hybrid, mass timber superstructure which includes Tectonus connections was erected in 4 weeks. The building was opened in 2020 and continues to be a showcase visited by engineers, architects and clients all over the world.

Visit the Fast + Epp website for more information.

Seamless fit for rocking shearwalls

The new headquarters of the Fast + Epp office have been designed with an emphasis on promoting innovation, future tech and design, and encouraging employee wellness and productivity. 

The building combines the latest interior, sustainable design features and seismic technology. The Tectonus devices will be visible in parts of the structure once completed with units in shearwalls and braces.

The Tectonus units fit seamlessly into the profile of the shearwalls.

A knife plate is installed within the transverse layers. Dowels of different sizes can be used.

The out-of-plane rocking is ensured through the use of a swivel bearing at the bottom pin connection.

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