York University recently announced that the consulting team led by ZAS Architects + Interiors, with RMJM, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. and ARUP has been selected to design the new Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. The ZAS team was among three finalists in a precinct design competition in York U’s search for an integrated design team that began three months ago with over twenty local and international submissions.
The new building will embrace twenty-first century learning by providing forms and spaces that are Flexible, Future Proofed, Bold, Creative, Supportive and Collaborative. The aggregate effect of these defining characteristics will be the realization of an iconic building of high architectural merit that serves to attract research partners and customers, and help recruit and retain staff and students from across the province, country and world.
Biologically diverse systems are high performing, resilient and low maintenance systems. As such, the landscape vision for the project is to promote and enhance biodiversity: at grade, on roofs and walls, and in the adjacent arboretum, storm water pond and Black Creek.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) and parametric modeling tools will be used throughout all phases of the project and incorporate IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) principles.