TORONTO, April 6, 2016 – The grand opening of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University will celebrate innovation and creativity on Friday, April 8.
The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence building, which houses the Lassonde School of Engineering, has created quite a buzz for its architecture and flexible, inspired learning spaces.
Tour the labs with their world-class equipment and design studios, such as the “Sandbox” where students go to generate ideas, and watch 3D printers in action, as well as concrete strength testing demonstrations in the High Bay Lab where a professor and his grad students will talk about their research. The tour will also take in an active learning classroom and a mechanical research lab where PhD students will discuss their current work.
Named after Douglas and Sandra Bergeron for their $10 million donation, the award-winning building was designed by Toronto’s ZAS Architects + Interiors and built by UK-based construction firm Laing O’Rourke in partnership with the Gillam Group. The building boasts an eye-catching façade of 8,000 triangular metal panels and windows arranged in a mathematically derived Penrose pattern overlooking the Keele campus.
Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering Janusz Kozinski will emcee the event. York U President & Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri, Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities and MPP for Richmond Hill, Pierre Lassonde and Doug Bergeron will all be in attendance.
What: Grand opening of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence
When: Friday, April 8
Time: Speeches begin at 10:30am and tours at 11am
Where: The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Keele campus, York University. (Building number 81 on the Map.)
*Note: The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence will also be part of the annual Doors Open Toronto, May 28 and 29.
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