Hamilton’s McMaster University announces new Toronto locationBy Anthony Urciuoli
Published August 3, 2022 at 2:22 pm
Hamilton’s McMaster University announced that a new 8,000-square-foot event and collaborative learning space will be built at 180 Bloor St. West in Toronto.
One hundred and thirty-five years ago, the university’s first home was across the street at 273 Bloor St. West, now the site of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
“While Hamilton will always be home, McMaster’s presence in downtown Toronto will be a place to welcome students, alumni, business, government leaders and the world,” says McMaster president David Farrar.
“This prime location will give our scholars, researchers, students, alumni and staff a new hub for making connections and tackling local and global issues.”
McMaster says all of its faculties will be able to enjoy the benefits of the new location. The Business, Engineering and Health Sciences departments are collaborating on the design of the new space that will house an information centre for prospective students, along with administrative offices. “McMaster’s new Toronto location will feature a modern reception and learning space designed for flexibility and dialogue,” says Khaled Hassanein, Dean of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster.
“Its architectural features are inspired by Mac alumnus Michael Lee-Chin’s ‘Crystal’ at the Royal Ontario Museum. We are proud to re-establish a physical presence in downtown Toronto, where we have so many active students, alumni, and industry partners.”
McMaster University was founded in Toronto in 1887, offering courses in arts and theology in what was then called McMaster Hall on Bloor Street. In 1930, the university moved from Toronto to Hamilton to establish McMaster’s main campus in the west end of the city.
“The McMaster site at 180 Bloor will produce exciting opportunities to interact with a wide range of partners on shared initiatives and to build on our success with Toronto-based collaborators,” says Heather Sheardown, dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
“Student spaces will present the opportunity for short courses and other interactions. We’re very much looking forward to this new environment and the positive experiences it offers for our community and partners.”
Very interesting move by McMaster. InSauga usually releases press releases unedited and asap, so while this first article is short on details about the new building, more details may become available in the coming hours.