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York University’s Renovated Law School

24 APR 2012
Topic : Education News
York University has officially opened its newly renovated Osgoode Hall Law School. The renovations involved adding 23,000 square feet to the existing, 43-year-old building, turning the structure into a progressive facility that meets Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification standards.
The new space (named the Ignat Kaneff Building) features: an atrium, Gowlings Hall, a redesigned law library, new student lounges and public spaces. Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. oversaw the renovation work, which took two years at a cost of $57 million.

“The new Ignat Kaneff Building, named in honour of Dr. Ignat Kaneff, an incredible Canadian, philanthropist and friend of the University, will allow York to accommodate the growing demand for legal education and training in the Greater Toronto Area,” York President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri said at the official opening. The event was attended by the few provincial and federal notables: Jim Flaherty, minister of finance, Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan, developer and philanthropist Ignat Kaneff (Hon. LLD ’10), and Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin.

Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) ponied up a $12.5-million investment for the renovations. This investment was matched by the provincial government, with an additional $32 million contributed by York University and its partners, donors and friends (I need some friends like this).

“The creation of new buildings, and the renovation and expansion of existing buildings, is a significant component of York University’s plan to meet the needs of students in Canada’s growing knowledge-based economy,” said Shoukri.

Check out of a video of the new York University Law School facility  (featuring Dean Sossin and other talking heads):

The government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.  Its goal is to maintain and improve research and training facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and CEGEPs.

What do you think about this newly renovated space?