Architectural Spotlight: MARC

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MARC – McMaster University Automotive Resource Centre
Longwood Rd. and Frid St.
Perkins + Will Architects
In development

MARC is McMaster University’s new automotive research centre that is currently being built in the shell of an old industrial building at the north end of the Careport Centre.

The exterior of the building is getting a major facelift. Floor to ceiling windows now surround the new atrium on the eastern end of the building that was originally just loading docks. The old corrugated rusty grey steel has been replaced by darker gunmetal coloured steel, accented with grey panel cladding and celestial windows. The 14 loading docks have been narrowed to four, the ten docks replaced by a red brick wall with ground level windows.

The centre will occupy approximately 70 000 square feet of space, with 50 000 square feet on the first floor and the remaining square footage on the second floor. The space will be comprised of labs, offices, and common areas.

McMaster’s Automotive Resource Centre is the latest addition to the McMaster Innovation Park and will provide a place for the research and development of green automotive technologies. The university received an $11.5 million grant from FedDev Ontario, a federal agency launched in August 2009 to help respond to Ontario’s economic challenges. The project will cost approximately $26 million and 120-150 people from the private, public, and academic sectors will be employed at MARC.

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2 responses to “Architectural Spotlight: MARC

  1. FS

    This looks to be a great extension of McMaster’s innovative arm within Hamilton. I’m excited to see what eventually occupies the vacant land adjacent to the Canmet building across the street – the further Innovation Park develops, the better of a link it becomes between the Westdale and Aberdeen areas.

  2. ken

    Looks like the innovation park is going to become a magnet for research. This is a great plus for Mac and Hamilton that should be made more public in the media and across the country – guess what we aren’t a steel town anymore!!

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