Beating out proposals from top firms, including finalists HOK andGow Hastings Architects with Henning Larsen,
The new building will house the School of Continuing Studies, established three years ago to support international students, new Canadians and professionals looking to meet the “rapidly evolving demands of the workplaces of tomorrow.” The design will cater to these user through the creation of “warm and inviting spaces that inspire student communities to form,” and by increasing connections between spaces to encourage interaction and a culture of familiarity.
But the standout feature of the design is the high performance prismatic facade, composed of photovoltaic panels and glazed openings to bring natural light into the building.
The design is aiming for a range of sustainable metrics, including targeting a minimum of LEED Gold certification and a Passive House standard building envelope. To achieve this, the building will include heat recovery ventilation systems and the aformentioned integrated photovoltaic panels that will allow electricity to be generated on site. In addition, the architects and school are collaborating to explore the possibility of introducing mass timber as the building’s main structure.
“The creation of a new, stand-alone home for our School of Continuing Studies is another important step forward in improving access to post-secondary education at York,” said
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