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October 22, 2009

You build and transform the campus


On October 3, Western’s first-ever green building officially opened. Part of the Faculty of Engineering, the new Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion houses research regarding green technologies, processes and materials and features advanced environmentally sustainable construction technologies and methodologies.

The facility features hundreds of probes and other monitoring tools to allow for the measurement of dynamic forces within the structure. Light fixtures and window designs provide lessons about high efficiency lighting and insulation while sensors in walls and glazed coatings of windows allow for the measurement of internal temperature, moisture and humidity. In addition, the east portion of the roof is covered in sedum, a living material, to create a green roof while Photovoltaic (PV) arrays and a wind turbine are used as alternative energy sources.

The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion is named for the late mother of Engineering alumnus Christian Lassonde (BESc’98). The Lassonde Family and many other donors are making a difference by helping Western support environmental management and a sustainable future for Canada and the world.


In June 2009, theatre doors opened to the newly renovated and renamed Paul Davenport Theatre, at Western’s Talbot College.

Donors to the project helped provide the University’s students, alumni, and friends with a beautiful venue to showcase musical and artistic talent on campus. The theatre was named in honour of Paul Davenport, for his fifteen years of service as President of Western University.

Since its opening in 1966, the former Talbot Theatre was home to university plays, musicals and film festivals. The Theatre is the main venue for UWOpera and other independent theatre groups across campus, from the local community and internationally.

Alumna Louise Pitre, BMus’79, DMus’06, said she was thrilled to play a role in raising funds for the theatre where she got her start. Donors and volunteers to the Paul Davenport Theatre make a difference by helping the University enrich humanity through the arts, music and culture.

This article appeared in the 2009 edition of Annual Impact
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