York University officially opens the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

Last Friday, April 8, York University celebrated the official opening of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence.

This innovative new home to the Lassonde School of Engineering was designed by Toronto’s ZAS Architects + Interiors, with Landscape by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc, Engineering by Arup and Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd,  construction by Laing O’Rourke Canada Ltd & Gillam Group Inc, and façade pattern by MESH Consultants.

The iconic Canadian image of a cloud floating over a rock is translated into an intricate façade of 8,000 triangular metal panels and windows in a mathematical pattern that never repeats.   A sloped green roof and storm water management ponds enhance the sustainability of this LEED Gold site.   Lecture halls are replaced with dynamic learning spaces designed for interaction and creative collaboration between students and faculty.  This is a “landscape of learning” created to educate and inspire engineers of the future – entrepreneurial, socially conscious, globally minded “Renaissance Engineers”.

Janusz Kozinski, founding dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, presides over the official opening
Janusz Kozinski, founding dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, presides over the official opening