Adam Gerber Wins Inaugural SEABC Young Meritorious Achievement Award

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Adam Gerber has won the inaugural SEABC Young Meritorious Achievement Award! This award is granted to an engineer who demonstrates significant professional achievements early in their career.

Adam is recognized for his outstanding contribution to the field of Engineering. He is a teacher, mentor, and an exceptional Engineer. He’s a problem solver, always thinking outside the box and not afraid to use sound judgement in tackling engineering challenges. He enthusiastically trains and mentors those starting out in the field. And finally, he is a consummate professional – extremely well respected by his peers and those he works with throughout the industry.

Adam has a breadth of hands-on and technical experience, which is largely unique in the field of Structural Engineering. Prior to and throughout his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia, he gained experience in the design and construction of timber structures as a carpenter, foreman, estimator, and structural EIT. This enables him to view projects from the perspective of designers, builders, and managers, assisting him in creating cost-effective, constructible, and efficient solutions. Adam is also a certified Passive House Consultant.

Adam returned to the University of British Columbia where he earned his Master’s degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering. His research focused on the development of timber-concrete composite technology and vibration performance of floors. His work in this area sought to identify high-performance and low-cost connection technology, and compare their performance across several mass timber products. The test program, widely cited throughout the industry, was the largest of its kind and demonstrated the safety, viability, and opportunity for the further implementation of the technology in Canada and around the world.

Adam joined Aspect Structural Engineers at its inception in 2016, and became a Principal in 2018. His leadership and influence has been pivotal in both laying the foundations for the business and in championing the positive growth trajectory of the firm.

Adam currently acts as one of the Managing Principals, as well as the Toronto office lead. Most recently, Adam completed his MBA in December, 2020, which has further enabled him to deepen the firm’s business management and strategic planning functionality.

Big congrats, Adam - well deserved!

 


Meet the Associates – Shawn Kennedy

We are thrilled to announce that Shawn Kennedy (P.Eng., PE, M.A.Sc.) has joined the ASPECT team as an Associate in our Toronto office. Shawn graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and began his career in Vancouver working mainly on Institutional, Commercial, Residential and Mass Timber projects. He completed his Master’s in Civil Engineering in 2014 from the University of Laval in Quebec City, where his research focused on connections for Mass Timber products.

Shawn has worked on several high-profile and award-winning projects in Canada and Internationally, including the Ashram Temple of Light in Kootenay Bay, BC; NLC Heavy Mechanical Trade Building in Dawson Creek, BC;  Terrace House in Vancouver, BC; OSU Forest Science Complex in Corvallis, OR; and Créteil Office Building in Paris, France.

Shawn is passionate about Mass Timber, and his Master’s research focused on fastener capacity in timber engineered products, which served as the basis for the development of design equations on the latest CSA 086 standard.

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
2019

ASHRAM TEMPLE OF LIGHT*

ASHRAM TEMPLE OF LIGHT*

This remote temple for the Yasodhara Ashram is on the forest’s edge overlooking Kootenay Lake. The structure consists of 8 large glulam arches connected by an innovative ring moment connection. Prefab light frame panels are laid across the arches to create the 3D flower shape of the temple. Learn more…

 

Patkau Architects | Kootenay Bay, BC
2019

NLC TRADE CENTRE*

NLC TRADE CENTRE*

This building at the Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek provides workshops for carpentry, welding, plumbing, millwright, wind turbine technology, as well as student commons, classrooms, and offices. The building includes several skylights and long perimeter clerestories. The efficient mass timber structure includes prefabricated edge laminated veneer lumber (LVL) roof panels, LVL posts & beams, and cross laminated timber (CLT) walls. Learn More…

 

McFarland Marceau Architects | Dawson Creek, BC
2018
2018

COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA HMTF TRADE CENTRE*

COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA HMTF TRADE CENTRE*

A training facility for the students of heavy machinery, this building includes a large multifunctional workshop and several dedicated technology laboratories. Designed to offer much natural light, this two storey facility aims for an industrial yet elegant look, with structure including concrete, steel, masonry, and mass timber. Learn more…

 

OMB Architects  | Dawson Creek, BC
2017
2017

HILLCREST RESIDENCE*

HILLCREST RESIDENCE*

An exceptional private home in Whistler, perched above Alta Lake. The finished product demonstrates a distinct attention to detail. Steel framing was utilized to achieve impressive cantilevers and wood construction was opted for at the upper levels. The residence is Passivhaus intent using specialized connectors to minimize the effect of heat bridges.

 

Gort Scott Architect | Whistler, BC

*Work performed prior to joining Aspect

 

PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

Aside from engineering many state-of-the-art buildings, Shawn is also engaged with the engineering community through publications and talks such as:

ISM & SCGC Montreal & Quebec CityOregon State University Peavy Hall Project2020
Cecobois (Montreal & Quebec City)Innovations in Mass Timber Design2018
Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)Mass Timber Structural Innovations2017
WCTE Quebec CityDesign Equations for Dowel Embedment Strength and Withdrawal Resistance for Threaded Fasteners in CLT2014
Publication (WCTE)Design Equations for Embedment Strength of Wood for Threaded Fasteners in the Canadian Timber Design Code2014
Publication (WCTE)Design Equation for Withdrawal Resistance of Threaded Fasteners in the Canadian Timber Design Code2014
Publication (WCTE)Design Equations for Dowel Embedment Strength and Withdrawal Resistance for Threaded Fasteners in CLT2014

 

ASPECT couldn’t be happier to have Shawn as a key member of our team. Our Associates are some of the best in the structural engineering business, learn more about our Associates.

 


ASPECT + Business Continuity + Public Health

On March 14th, 2020 ASPECT Structural Engineers adopted a work-from-home policy for our offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Switzerland.

What this means for our clients and how have we changed our day-to-day practice:

  1. We've leveraged our existing IT systems to make this transition (relatively) seamless and anticipate little-to-no interruption in our service.
  2. Aspect will attend all coordination meetings as scheduled digitally. We are happy to facilitate digital meeting spaces; please reach out if you would like assistance with this.
  3. We have suspended all business-related international travel and will work with you to ensure that our participation in meetings and design charrettes carry out digitally per above.
  4. Site reviews for local projects will continue as normal. Plan for our engineers to reach out beforehand to ensure appropriate health precautions and social distancing.
  5. Site reviews for non-local projects will be performed on a case-by-case basis.  We will continue to rely on digital inspection methods, and engage local consultants as needed to ensure limited impact on construction schedules.
  6. The Aspect offices will be closed to all non-staff. Enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures have, and will remain, in place for the foreseeable future.

We are committed to these measures in the interest of public health and will monitor the appropriate channels and provide an update once we are able to revert to the "old normal".

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy and we look forward to continuing to work on amazing projects for our amazing clients!

We are here to help. Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions.

Sincerly,
Team ASPECT


ULI Toronto: Mass Timber Construction MasterClass

Join Aspect Principal Bernhard Gafner at ULI Toronto for a Mass Timber Construction MasterClass, February 25, 2020. This class is designed for those interested in building with mass timber who want to explore the advantages as well as the procedures:

Planning, designing and building a mass timber building is radically different than a conventional structure. Understanding how it is different, advantages, constraints, timelines, risks etc. are key to market adoption in order to realize the benefits. This session is designed to be a master class by Bernhard Gafner that will provide attendees with an intimate knowledge of what it means to plan, design, procure and construct a mass timber building.

Register at ULI Toronto

 

Cover image is Dream/CityScape mass timber Distillery Ribbon building designed by SHoP Architects & Quadrangle. 

Oakville Firestation No.8 CLT Install

Oakville Firestation No.8 CLT install in progress. ASPECT is the specialty mass timber engineer working under Element5 Co. who is responsible for the supply of the mass timber package. is providing the install.

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Cardinal House: A Healthy, Resilient, Mass-Timber Home For First Nations Communities

https://youtu.be/27z6t3eKK7A

ASPECT is proud to be part of the team that developed the Cardinal House. A new home designed to meet the specific needs of First Nations peoples and constructed to withstand the harsh climates where their communities are situated.

The issue of insufficient and sometimes unsuitable housing is one that has plagued Canada’s First Nations for decades. It is a complex problem beset by environmental, logistical, infrastructure and governance challenges. It’s clear that innovative ideas and new ways of thinking must prevail.

ASPECT is the engineer of record for this project and is also responsible for all the mass timber engineering:

The benefits of mass timber construction go far beyond their aesthetic and environmental attributes. Mass timber offers a versatile, high-performance building solution that can meet even the most demanding requirements. The innovative, affordable, energy-efficient home is built out of cross-laminated timber, with high-performance cross-laminated insulated panels (CLIPs) for the building envelope. Prefabricated in a controlled factory setting off-site and shipped on a single truck, the structural panels and roof for the prototype Cardinal House were assembled in a fraction of the time of traditionally built, light frame homes.

Visit Element5's website to learn more about this project.


Meet the Associates – Ilana Danzig

We are proud to announce that Ilana Danzig (P.Eng., M.Eng., PE, SE) has joined the ASPECT team as an associate in our Vancouver office. Ilana graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering, and began her career in Vancouver, BC working mainly on institutional projects, recreation facilities, and seismic retrofits. In 2012, Ilana attended the University of British Columbia for a Master's in Structural Engineering studying dynamics, seismic design, and mass timber structures. Her research focused on mass timber engineering in high-seismic zones, particularly connections for CLT diaphragms and shearwalls.

With over a decade of structural engineering experience, Ilana has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada and the US including the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Audain Art Museum, and the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

Experienced in all materials, she is passionate in structural mass timber design and seismic engineering. In her role as Associate at ASPECT, Ilana contributes to the continual improvement of the firm's technical and quality standards, and enthusiastically provides mentorship to our up-and-coming engineers.

 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
2019

Langford

Langford

The design of two mass timber buildings located in Langford, BC is currently underway: Terminus (5 stories, office) and Tallwood (12 stories, residential). The structural systems have been carefully chosen for each building to balance cost, functionality, and performance. Learn more…

 

Jack James Architect | Langford, BC
2019

UBC Aquatic Centre*

UBC Aquatic Centre*

A sectional split brings light deep into the center of the natatorium plan, where it is reflected or diffused to provide required natural lighting condition. Fully accessible and inclusive, while visually symbolizing the eminent venue of international competition. Designed to LEED Gold standards, the project focuses on daylighting, innovative water re-use and air quality strategies that are precedent-setting for North American aquatic facilities. Learn More…

  

Acton Ostry Architects / MJMA | Vancouver, BC
2018
2018

Radium Hot Springs Community Centre*

Radium Hot Springs Community Centre*

The Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library was built using an innovative DLT roof structure supported by glue laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns.  Local sourcing was integrally important to the project. This project as featured on naturally:wood

 

Urban Arts Architecture | Radium, BC
2017
2017

OSU Advanced Wood Products Center*

OSU Advanced Wood Products Center*

The Oregon Forest Science Complex uses advanced wood products including cross-laminated timber made in Oregon. The complex showcases Oregon State’s premier forestry and wood science initiatives and devotion to improving our forest landscapes and ecosystems. Learn More.

 

Michael Green Architecture | Corvallis, OR
2015
2015

Audain Art Museum*

Audain Art Museum*

A beautiful, dynamic project that literally wraps users around nature, blurring the boundaries between man-made and natural. It creates a cultural magnet to help educate not only art, but eco-friendly design. Featured in Architect Magazine.

 

Patkau Architects | Whistler, BC

*Work performed prior to joining Aspect

 

PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

Ilana not only has engineered many state of the art building she also gives back to the engineering community through her publications and talks such as:

The Audain Art MuseumPublished in Structural Engineering International 2017
Cross-laminated timber shear connections with double-angled self-tapping screw assembliePublished in ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering2016
Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in CanadaContributor and Peer Reviewer – Published by FPInnovations2013
Mass Timber Lateral Framing SystemsWood Solutions Fairs throughout the US with WoodWorks2017
Mass Timber ConnectionsLecture tour through Texas with WoodWorks2017
Timber Design: The Next GenerationConferences in Victoria and Kelowna with WoodWORKS! BC2015

 

ASPECT couldn't be happier to have Ilana as a key member of our team. Our Associates are some of the best in the structural engineering business, learn more about our Associates.

 


Meet the Associates – Andrew Seeton

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Seeton (P.Eng., M.A.Sc.) has joined the ASPECT team as an associate in our Vancouver office.

Andrew joins ASPECT Structural Engineers with 14 years of structural design experience. In addition to residential and commercial projects, he has extensive experience in the design of institutional facilities including schools, hospitals, community centres, and airports.

Andrew brings a high standard of care to his projects and is motivated to build solutions through teamwork. He has a passion for seismic design that was established during his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. He has been trained in the Ministry of Education SRG (Seismic Retrofit Guidelines). Andrew is also an active member of the structural engineering community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of BC.

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
2019

Bowen Island Community Centre

Bowen Island Community Centre

This facility brings together a number of programmes under one roof: arts and recreation, the offices and Council Chambers of the municipal hall, and a community ‘living room’ where residents can gather and connect on a daily basis.

Drawing on the unique building traditions of Bowen Island, the project prioritizes connection between community activities, and close integration with the landscape. Learn More

 

Principle Architecture | Bowen Island, BC
2019

1313 East Pender

1313 East Pender

Five storeys of retail and office space. The structure consists of reinforced concrete with mass timber at the upper storeys.
Learn More

 

Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design | Vancouver, BC
2019

Kitsilano Secondary School Renewal*

Kitsilano Secondary School Renewal*

Key features of the renewal of Kitsilano Secondary School include the construction of a new academic wing, an all-weather playing field, three gymnasiums, a 350-seat theatre and outdoor learning spaces. The school’s historic facade was retained and ensures that the renewed school will be immediately recognizable. Large expanses of glass and abundant natural light create open and inviting central spaces. These areas, along with spaces designed for individual and collaborative group work, facilitate educational approaches that are at the heart of modern learning. This project is LEED® Gold certified. Learn More

 

KMBR | Vancouver, BC
2019

Deerfoot City Mall*

Deerfoot City Mall*

A master planned retail destination: Deerfoot City Mall. Shops, restaurants and entertainment positioned for an infusion of vibrancy, creating natural social zones that will bring people together all year long. Open-air boulevards, stunning landscapes and beautiful architecture. Learn More

 

DIALOG | Calgary, AB
2019

ARIEL at TRIUMF*

ARIEL at TRIUMF*

The Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL) is TRIUMF’s flagship multidisciplinary research facility, expanding Canada’s capabilities to produce and study isotopes for physics and medicine. ARIEL is unique, as the building itself is one of the many components of the machine. The form of the 5-level concrete building is strongly influenced by the pathway of the beam lines associated with the electron linear accelerators and Cyclotron, and the technical requirements of both the space and safety. Learn More

 

Chernoff Thompson Architects | Vancouver, BC

*Work performed prior to joining ASPECT

 

ASPECT is thrilled to have Andrew as a key member of our team. Our Associates are some of the best in the structural engineering business, learn more about our Associates.


Affordable Passive House Apartments Planned for East Van

We are happy to announce a new affordable passive house apartment building planned for East Vancouver. We are proud to be working with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), Community Land Trust and New Commons Development on this project, Architecture is by ZGF.

The project was featured in Urban YVR:

Kingsway and Windsor in East Vancouver will soon see the addition of a 12-storey apartment building with 88 social housing units.

All the homes are rental and will be offered at below market rental rates.

The new building at 1001 Kingsway will be built to Passive House standards and consists of a six-storey podium mass and a six-storey tower, made up of panelized and mass timber construction.

Read the full article here.


Distillery District Tower at DRP

ASPECT is thrilled to work with the team on the mass timber portion of this new development in the Distillery District.

proposal for the development of a 29-story tower with a “heritage feel” and timber interior that creates the feeling of an old industrial warehouse.

Two developers and two design firms have come together to collaborate in this effort: DreamCityscapeShoP Architects and Quadrangle.

Read the full article on BlogTO.com

 

ASPECT'S contribution will be:

On the inside of "The Ribbon", mass timber construction is being considered for its warm feel—the use of a timber structural system could add a historical aspect by replicating the common structural system of Toronto's old industrial warehouses, while simultaneously adding a contemporary aspect by joining a growing roster of new buildings in Toronto using mass timber following the recent changes to the Ontario Building Code.

Read the full article on urbantoronto.ca

Image: Rendering looking west along the Ribbon, image courtesy of Dream and CityScape.