July 15, 2013
by Canadian Architect
Award-winning Toronto-based design firm CS&P Architects will design a flagship humanities and social sciences facility for McMaster University. L. R. Wilson Hall will be the first new facility built for these faculties at the university in many decades. The building will incorporate new “active” learning classrooms while providing a host of formal and informal learning/studying environments for the faculties’ undergraduate and graduate student body. Construction is slated to start on the over 150,000-square-foot five-storey building this summer and the project is expected to be complete in September 2015.
Included in the building’s program mix will be a new 350-seat Concert Hall, 150-seat multi-purpose Black Box Theatre and 400-seat tiered Lecture Theatre. The building will also engage the community through its proposed Research Centres and Institutes; the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, Gilbrea Centre for Health and Aging, Pathway Institute, and the Indigenous Studies Program. The site is bordered by a buffer of mature tree line along Forsyth Avenue and Sterling Street and the preservation of these reinforcing landscape features will be an important design consideration.
“We’re proud to be retained on such a significant project — one which offers the potential to strengthen the relationship between the university and the surrounding community while bringing together the humanities and social sciences faculties in such a collaborative environment,” says CS&P’s Senior Principal and Director of Design, Paul Cravit.
CS&P Architects has completed more than 350 academic projects, including over 20 at college and university campuses in Ontario like Sheridan College, Ryerson University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto and University of Guelph. They have both transformed and built new learning, study and arts spaces that support changes in technology and pedagogy, including social spaces and student support facilities.
L.R. Wilson Hall at McMaster University