Leonardo da Vinci Room - Grand Opening

By Karmen Dowling

(photo: introductory image for the site)

A new place to study, rest and eat is now open on the lower level of the Spencer Engineering Building, named the Leonardo da Vinci Room.

"The name is the best representation of what Engineering at Western represents," said Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Franco Berruti, at the grand opening on Tuesday. "Besides being the best engineering school in the country, we are many more things and offer a variety of options for the best student experience."

Berruti adds the new cafeteria will be a great place to exchange ideas and come up with creative solutions for the future.

It took five months to replace the old and outdated space. The new operation now houses a lounge, tables with seating for 98, a full service Tim Hortons, the Lifestyles program (fresh sandwiches, salads, etc.) and Domino's pizza. Art representing the work of da Vinci is prominently displayed.


.: Allison Stevenson
Spencer Engineering Building, Room 2074
Telephone: (519) 850-2917 Fax: (519) 661-3808

All guests signed an art palette, on display in the new cafeteria, to mark the occasion.

Official cake cutting

Muralist Gasson with his creation in the background

Kevin McCabe presents Dean Berruti with a replica of the Mona Lisa.

Dean Berruti enjoys the new lounge area.

Katherine Manweiler, Jacquie Taylor, Sue Chapman, Sharon Ling, Nina Lowes and Sandra Vilovski

Students also enjoy the new lounge.

Lisa Vink and Jim Dobravec, from Western Engineering's IT Department, sipped on coffee in the new seating area.

Students also enjoy the larger tables to hold meetings and work on projects.

Many door prizes were given away on behalf of Hospitality Services and Western Engineering.

This lucky student recieved a da Vinci game.