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Fast + Epp tackling tall wood with innovative Vancouver office project

By Warren Frey
The Journal of Commerce
June 29, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new code change is pushing wood engineering forward in Vancouver and beyond. With the City of Vancouver’s recent decision to allow commercial and residential tall wood buildings up to 12 storeys, Fast + Epp structural engineers is branching out with new projects that push wood design forward while taking advantage of the material’s strengths. …Fast + Epp associate Robert Jackson said …The structure also employs extensive exposed wood, he said, “because we’re looking to create a warm esthetic for the office space and the tenants. “It also has a flush beamless system and no drop beams in the floor plate makes for easy mechanical distribution and was a key success to the job,” Jackson said. …The Vancouver School Board is also engaging in wood-centred construction for new schools with two mass-timber based schools about to go into construction and more planned, Jackson said.

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