The newly renovated and expanded Ignat Kaneff Building at Osgoode Hall Law School opened officially on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. View photos of the event. Plus, watch the videos (below) and click here for YFile's story.
The $57-million renovation and expansion of Osgoode’s 43-year-old building by Diamond Schmitt Architects included 192,000 square feet of renovation and 23,000 square feet of new construction.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty '73 and Vaughan MPP Gregory Sorbara '81 attended the opening of the project, which was financed with $12.5 million of federal funding under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a $12.5 million matching provincial contribution, and $32 million in funding from York University and donors including businessman and philanthropist Ignat Kaneff.
The new facility, which meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards, includes Gowlings Hall -- a soaring atrium that forms the east-west spine of the law school -- new teaching facilities, student lounges and social spaces, and a reconfigured law library.
The School, which was under construction from 2009 to 2011, also held an event on October 16, 2011 with more than 1,000 guests in attendance to celebrate the completion of the new building.
Watch the video of the April 18 official building opening:
The Honourable Jim Flaherty '73, Minister of Finance, recalls his Osgoode days.
Gregory Sorbara '81, MPP,Vaughan, describes how Osgoode "transformed" his life.