Fast + Epp

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Fast + Epp
Company typePrivate
IndustryDesign, Engineering, Consulting
FoundersPaul Fast, Gerald Epp
Key people
Paul Fast

Fast + Epp is an international structural engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia with offices in Edmonton, Calgary, New York, Seattle, and Darmstadt, Germany. The company first achieved international acclaim following the design of the roof structure for the 2010 Richmond Olympic Oval[1] and has become a world leader in the design of timber and hybrid steel-timber structures.

Firm History[edit]

The firm was founded by Paul Fast as Paul Fast Associates Ltd. in 1985.[2] Gerald Epp joined the firm in 1987, and in 1989 the partnership Fast + Epp was formed. In 2010, a branch office was established in Darmstadt, Germany with partner Dr. Jochen Stahl, followed by branch offices in Edmonton, Alberta in 2012, Seattle and New York City in 2016 and Calgary in 2018. In 1997, the partners also established the design-build company StructureCraft Builders Inc. in order to help the company realize a number of its more ambitious timber projects. In 2014, the business affairs of the two companies were separated with Paul Fast assuming full ownership of Fast + Epp and Gerald Epp taking over full control of StructureCraft Builders Inc.[3][4]

Notable Projects[edit]


The company has been granted over 100 national and international engineering awards including the 2016 Supreme Award, the highest honour granted by the Institution of Structural Engineers based in London, England, for the design of the timber catenary roof structure of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre.[16] Paul Fast was granted the R.A. McLaughlin Award in 2013,[17] the highest annual honour accorded a professional engineer by the Engineers Geoscientists of British Columbia.


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  4. ^ Epp, Gerald (January 13, 2015). "Gerald Epp: Full Focus Now on StructureCraft". StructureCraft.
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  6. ^ Ruthen, Sean (June 2, 2014). "Vancouver Visionary". Canadian Architect.
  7. ^ "Richmond Olympic Oval Case Study" (PDF). naturally:wood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre". Canada Green Building Council. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Cassidy, Robert (November 14, 2018). "National Arts Centre: O, Canada". Building Design + Construction.
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  11. ^ Stephens, Suzanne (February 15, 2011). "Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater". Architectural Record.
  12. ^ "Fast + Epp Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge". Canadian Consulting Engineer. October 1, 2010.
  13. ^ "Mannheim Multihalle". Architect Magazine. March 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Bartlett, Dan (August 21, 2019). "Meet the Experts Leading Walmart's New Home Office Construction". Walmart.
  15. ^ Bozikovic, Alex (March 29, 2018). "Toronto gets a tall wood tower - and, maybe, an architectural masterpiece". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  16. ^ "Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre". The Institution of Structural Engineers. 2016.
  17. ^ "Meet the University Endowment Lands Steering Committee - Paul Fast". MCC Legacy Trust. Retrieved February 26, 2020.