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The Bergeron Centre For Engineering Excellence


The Brief

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence officially opened on April 8th, 2016.

Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors and built by construction firm Laing O’Rourke, it is the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering.

The building is designed with a student-centric philosophy in mind that challenges the look of a traditional engineering school. The structure’s unique architectural design reflects its main purpose – a hub for entrepreneurship, collaboration and creativity.

Bergeron Centre by the Numbers:

The building’s facade features 8,000 triangular metal panels and windows. The triangles are arranged in a mathematically derived Penrose Pattern that never repeats.

The Process

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence has a cloud-like triangular glass facade, it’s comprised of a series of triangles positioned according to a precise and complex algorithm. Evoking the properties of a cloud, it reflects light and pattern across campus and into the interior.

The Challenge

As the intricate triangular-shaped facades are arranged in a mathematically derived Penrose Pattern that never repeats, every façade was designed specifically for this project.

Here at APA Facade Systems, our team is committed to excellent environmental practice towards a greener, more sustainable environment. Our aluminum glazing profiles are designed and manufactured to conform with industry environmental standards, helping you achieve a silver, gold or platinum LEED certification.


Facade system view from inside the Bergeron Centre

System Used:
TB50 SG Facade System

The TB50 SG structurally glazed curtain wall system secures the glass by means of specially designed and tested toggles that are integral to the central seal of the double-glazed units. Silicone sealed, weather-resistant joints produce a flush, non-interrupted surface.

A specially designed range of concealed frame vents is available to fit directly within the framework to provide possible ventilation and flexibility within the internal environment of the structure, whilst not affecting the appearance or geometry of the external façade.

Fully tested to all required AAMA building regulations by a registered ASTM approved facility.

Client: Laing O Rourke

Architect: ZAS Architects

System Partner: Flynn Group of Companies

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