J. Eric Karsh Principal, Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Vancouver, BC
Engineer - Structural
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Has Experience with these building types:
Assembly (Worship, Restaurant, Theater), Business (Office), Civic (Recreational), Educational, Factory/Industrial, Government, Hotel/Motel, Institutional, Mercantile (Retail), Mixed-Use, Multi-Family (Apartments, Condos), Storage (Warehouse, Parking), Student Housing, Transportation (Airports, Train or Subway Stations)
Has Experience with these material types:
Mass Timber, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT), Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT), Timber-Frame / Post and Beam, Heavy Timber Decking, Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete), Structural Composite Lumber (e.g. LVL and LSL), Wood-Concrete Composite Systems, Light-Frame
Has experience with these construction types:
I-A, I-B, II-A, II-B, III-A, III-B, IV-A, IV-B, IV-C, IV-HT, V-A, V-B
Eric began his consulting career in 1987 in Ottawa with the firm of Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd, designers of the Toronto Skydome.
Since his arrival in British Columbia, Eric has become a leader in timber engineering and construction and has earned international recognition on a number of landmark timber projects such as the multiple award-winning Prince George Airport, the Raleigh-Durham Airport expansion, and the innovative UBC Earth Sciences Building and North Vancouver Civic Centre Expansion.
In 2012, Eric is co-authored of the widely publicized “Case for Tall Wood” report with Vancouver Architect Michael Green, which was featured by the Economist, CNN, National Geographic and many other international publications. TALL WOOD introduced a structural concept to achieve timber high-rise structures reaching 30 storeys or more in high seismic zones such as Vancouver. He is the structural engineer for the recently completed Wood Design Innovation Centre in Prince George, currently the tallest contemporary wood building in the world, and number 7 on Azure Magazine’s 2014 Top Ten List.
Eric has a broad experience in sustainable design and has been involved in numerous LEED projects and helped introduce the “Passivhaus” concept to Canada.
Eric is currently involved in the design of large multi-storey mass timber buildings in Canada, the US, Brazil, France and Sweden, including a 5 storey, 185,000 SF office building for Google and the Rectorat de Créteil, a 225,000 SF, 8 storey office building in Paris, France.