April 2017

Breakfast Seminar: Rejuvenating Canada's National Arts Centre

Organized by the APEGBC Vancouver Branch

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 AM: Registration, Networking, and Buffet Breakfast
7:30 – 8:45 AM: Featured Presentation
9:00 AM: Closing
Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, 180 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: William Loasby
Senior Project Manager, Fast + Epp
Cost: APEGBC Members Price: $60.00 + GST = $63.00

Guest Price: $65.00 + GST = $68.25

APEGBC Student Members Price: $25.00 + GST = $26.25
Contact: [email protected]
Fifty years from its construction and to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, one of Canada's "national treasures", is undergoing a $100 million expansion and rejuvenation.

Originally completed in the late 1960s, the NAC is a landmark building with a range of performance and production spaces. The building was initially designed by Fred Lebensold, with a rigorous geometric order and envisioned as an outcropping of granite in the Canadian shield. The NAC has developed a storied history of excellence in the presentation of music, drama, and dance from across Canada.

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In reimagining the Centre with transparency, creating distant views and connection to both the landscape and urban Ottawa, the new architectural design by Diamond Schmitt Architects brings the artistic energy of creation to the forefront so it can be seen by the public and create a dynamic crossroads for gathering throughout the day. The renewed NAC will have a much more public face for events, education, performance, and creation outside the traditional venues of the theatre spaces.

Fast + Epp’s project manager, William Loasby, will present the drivers behind this project and its structural design, revealing the fascinating contrast between the architectural and structural forms of the original concrete building and its modern expansion. He will discuss the thinking and concepts leading to the development of an innovative pre-fabricated, hybrid wood/steel structure with a 15m tall glazed façade, as well as the upgrading of the original building to accept the new expansion.


William Loasby
Senior Project Manager, Fast + Epp

William Loasby is a Structural Engineer and Senior Project Manager at Fast + Epp. He gained his structural engineering training in London, UK, after completing a degree in engineering science at the University of Oxford. Following two years in Australia, he lived in Hong Kong for seven years, studying for a masters in Structural Engineering and working for the Hong Kong office of Arup.

His career has been heavily oriented towards architectural structures, involving collaborations with some of the world’s leading architectural firms, which has continued following his move to Canada in 2015. William is a chartered engineer with the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the United Kingdom, as well as a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Engineers Australia.


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