McMaster Innovation Park

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McMaster Innovation Park (or MIP) is a University research park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified research park, located in the near vicinity of McMaster University at Main Street West on Longwood Road South, off of Highway 403 to Toronto. With a focus on innovative research and entrepreneurship, MIP acts as a collaborative and collegial environment for academic, government and industry research and development, drawing from the research strengths of McMaster University. MIP has two operating buildings, The Atrium@MIP and the CANMET Materials building, with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) building in the late stages of construction and a new Life Sciences building under development. The completed buildings offer 330,000 sq. ft of space and employ over 500 people working for the more than 30 park tenants.

History[edit]

In early 2005, McMaster University announced its plans to build a research park on property previously used by an appliance manufacturing company. Later in the year, the Province of Ontario allocated $10 million in funding to the project and MIP was well into the development stages. Also in 2005, the Federal Government announced that it would be moving the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory to MIP, making the park a focal point for innovation in technology for the entire country. In October 2009, The Atrium@MIP had its grand opening, meaning the park itself was officially open. By February 2011, the CANMET Building was complete and the federal government had moved into MIP. The MARC Building began construction in 2011 and is expected to be completed sometime in 2013.

The Atrium@MIP[edit]

The Atrium@MIP was the first completed building at McMaster Innovation Park and is an 180,000 square-foot, 4-level office, laboratory and conference facility. In 2009 the Atrium was the recipient of the Award of Excellence Overall Design and Adaptive Reuse from the City of Hamilton. There are 31 tenants in the building, including the United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

CANMET-MTL[edit]

The CANMET-MTL research centre is dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation. The building is a three-storey, 165,000 sq. ft facility housing the Canadian Government’s Materials Technology Laboratory.

Future projects[edit]

The MARC building will be roughly a 90,000 sq. ft building containing labs and offices. Construction is underway and was expected to be completed in 2013. MARC will be a centre primarily for researchers looking into alternative for fuel combustion engines.

Development of a new Emerging Technology complex is in the preliminary stages. This new complex would allow researchers in the emerging tech sector from all over the world to come conduct their research in association with the internationally recognized Science and Technology sector at McMaster University.

A hotel at MIP is also in early stages of development and will feature approximately 130 rooms including long-stay suites and conference facilities.