The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, home to the Lassonde School of Engineering, serves as an archetype for York University’s future campus building projects.
On November 20, Arup and other project stakeholders celebrated the structural completion of the Bergeron Centre, the first building constructed as part of York University’s new engineering campus. The Centre, which is on track to achieve LEED Silver, is slated to open in 2015.
The Bergeron Centre comprises 16,215m2 of gross interior area and six stories, including the basement and a penthouse plantroom. The new building will house the Lassonde School of Engineering and is designed to create “renaissance engineers” through a transformative student experience. The building itself it a learning tool with engineering on display. The mechanical systems are systematically integrated with the unique architecture to showcase mechanical services for the engineering students and faculty.
Arup is providing structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering services for the project, as well as IT and communications, and security consulting. Both passive and active technologies are utilised to minimise the impact of the building on the existing campus infrastructure and on the external environment.