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Studio Spotlight: Fast + Epp

With over 90 national and international awards, Canadian structural design studio Fast + Epp has established a reputation for fresh thinking. Founded by Paul Fast in 1985, Gerald Epp joined the firm in 1987 and in 1989, the partnership Fast + Epp was formed. Since then, the firm has been involved in a variety of public and private projects that, despite diverse market sectors, all attest to the company’s commitment to clever, practical design and meticulous attention to detail.

With over 125 employees, Fast + Epp is fluent working across all major structural materials. In particular, the firm is adept at combining materials to form architecturally expressive structures that do more than simply support loads – doubling as acoustic elements, concealing mechanical/electrical components, serving as thermal mass, and enhancing aesthetics.

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Mass timber presents a number of opportunities for developers who are willing to venture outside of current North American “standard” construction methods. For the right project, and with the right team in place, a mass timber building can be a commercial success that stands out from the crowd, particularly in today’s market dominated by steel and concrete. As mass timber continues to gain recognition throughout North America as a viable construction typology with positive environmental and schedule benefits, Fast + Epp is thrilled to be at the forefront

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