New stadium scores a touchdown with engineering award for Fast + Epp

By Peter Caulfield
Journal of Commerce
October 17, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fast + Epp, an international structural engineering firm with headquarters in Vancouver, won a 2022 award of excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia for its role in the construction of Simon Fraser University’s new football stadium. …Fast + Epp were the structural consultants, engineers of record and part of the design team on the project. Chris Mills, the firm’s senior project manager, says the stadium is visually striking. The lightweight canopy cantilevers over 16 metres, providing unobstructed views for spectators in the grandstand. “The continuous wood canopy is made of prefabricated CLT panels that are supported by steel girders,” said Mills. “As a result, the canopy looks like it’s floating. Compared to other sports stadiums, it’s a very unusual esthetic.” …The mass of the concrete structure acts as a counterweight to the powerful overturning forces associated with the canopy cantilever. Combined with ground anchors, it stabilizes the cantilever system.

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