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Inauguration of the Sophie Germain Building

20 March 2017

Sophie Germain INSA Lyon

INSA Lyon inaugurates its first new building of the ‘Engineering’ area as part of the Campus Plan.

The extremely ambitious project to build the new Sophie Germain Building took 20 months to complete. The idea was to create a more visible mechanics center at the heart of the ‘Engineering’ area of the Lyon Tech-La Doua campus. This demolition and reconstruction project was a real challenge for both the construction site teams and the users who had to deal with the disruptions on a daily basis.

At the end of 2016, the first users were able to move into their part of this new building which, for once, bears the name of a famous female scientist. Sophie Germain was a French mathematician and philosopher who made major contributions to the study of elasticity, number theory and a partial demonstration of Fermat’s theorem (a generalization of the Pythagorean theorem). At the time, she had to hide behind the pseudonym Antoine-Auguste Le Blanc given that science was ‘a male domain’. Today, she is the namesake of one of the most emblematic buildings on the campus.

This large-scale project has affected both research and teaching on INSA Lyon’s campus. Conceived at the heart of the future ‘Engineering’ area, the Sophie Germain Building currently houses the Contact and Structural Mechanics Laboratory (LaMCoS, UMR INSA CNRS 5259), including its office and manipulation areas.

Sustainable development: the priority of the construction project

The unique construction project was guided by four targets, in line with sustainable development principles and the High Environmental Quality approach: construction site with minimum disturbance, energy management, maintenance (sustainability of environmental performance) and visual comfort. Below are just some of the efforts made to this effect during the works: clean site with waste sorting, water retention on the roof to deal with the effects of heavy rainfall, infiltration of all rainwater, LED lighting, cooling circuit for laboratory appliances using a closed designated network with a volume buffer and air cooler. A heat exchanger connected to the cold water circuit was added to the system in case of high temperatures.

Watch a video of the inauguration
Read the press release dated March 20, 2017




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Inauguration du bâtiment Sophie Germain