CANMET – McMaster University, Innovation Park
- Project: CANMET - Innovation Park
- Electrical Value: $7,425,000.00
- Year Complete: 2011
- Construction Manager: EllisDon Corporation
The CANMET materials testing laboratory, a football-field-sized environmentally sustainable research space at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton. Designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects for Natural Resources Canada, the 145,000 square-foot, 157 room facility will be used to conduct metallurgical research in an environment filled with natural light, fresh air ventilation, planting gardens.
The building also boasts a host of renewable and passive initiatives, all of which serve to reduce energy consumption by as much as 70 per cent relative to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. LEED Platinum is being targeted.
The facility was constructed by EllisDon. Approximately three-quarters of the three-storey facility contains lab configurations with floor to ceiling heights of four to twelve metres and bridge cranes capable of lifting up to ten tons.
Activities include casting, metal forming, welding and analytical testing. Office and support space occupy the rest of the building, which features a supportive work environment for CANMET personnel.
Renewable energy sources at CANMET include 209 rooftop solar thermal collectors that provide radiant heating and the building’s entire annual domestic water heating requirements, with on site storage in solar cisterns for unused solar heat.
Unique Project Aspects “The physical building design is fully integrated with the mechanical, electrical and renewable technology systems to maximize energy efficiency.”
157 Room facility will be used to conduct metallurgical research in an environment filled with natural light, fresh air ventilation, planting gardens. A LEED Platinum target requires innovative solutions around energy reduction, systems and energy generation