McMaster University, Engineering Technology Building
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Square Footage: 125,600
LEED NC Gold Certified
Excellence in Architecture
Hamilton Urban Design Award, 2009
Ontario Concrete Award, 2009
This new, stand-alone facility represents a major expansion of the existing Engineering Faculty at McMaster. Its location on a prominent site fronting on the city’s busy Main St. west creates a new ‘front door’ to the campus as well as a public face for the Schools of Engineering Practice and Biomedical Engineering. It also houses the Bachelor of Technology program; a joint program between McMaster University and Mohawk College.
As part of this project, we were engaged to write the Functional Program for the building. The program includes 20,000 sq ft of undergraduate classrooms and labs; 45,000 sq ft of graduate, CFI funded research labs; workshops, faculty offices and administration space.
The vision for this facility included an innovative dual duct system, integrated to occupancy sensors, latent and sensible heat recovery, highly integrated lighting and daylighting controls and a high performance triple glazed envelope. In keeping with the University’s requirement for all new facilities to achieve LEED certification, the new building achieved LEED Canada Gold level certification. In addition to filling a need for a new, state of the art teaching and research facility, the Schools of Engineering Practice and Biomedical Engineering will demonstrate to the students and public alike the crucial role engineering plays in addressing our society’s needs for innovative and responsible design solutions.