CANMETMaterials named a top 10 Environmental Project by the American Institute of Architects

September 10, 2015

The American Institute of Architects announced its 2015 winners for the Environment Top Ten Projects and CANMETMaterials, located at McMaster Innovation Park, has been named as one of them.

The Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment. Entries are examined in regard to their design and innovation, integration with their community, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, approach to light and air, materials and construction, long-life considerations, and feedback loops.

The CanmetMATERIALS research center, a world-class materials R&D facility, has the mandate of developing and deploying technologies to improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products derived from metals and minerals. They are dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation and will bring new opportunities for established industries and developing enterprises to Hamilton, Ontario.

CanmetMATERIALS is part of the Department of Natural Resources Canada and relocated from Ottawa to McMaster Innovation Park in 2011 to strategically locate itself at the center of the Canadian manufacturing sector. This state-of-the-art, award-winning, LEED Platinum building of 167,000 square feet located at 183 Longwood Rd. South houses over 100 staff who undertake over 100 collaborative research and development projects per year with industry, academia and other government departments. The three story facility features:

  • High and mid bay laboratories – most having bridge cranes with capacities from one to ten ton - where casting, metal forming, mechanical testing and welding takes place
  • Low bay laboratories including material characterization and imaging, industrial radiography
  • Non-destructive testing labs: analytical testing, materials and process development, corrosion, hydrogen sulfide and computer modeling labs.

In line with McMaster Innovation Park’s sustainability mandate, CanmetMATERIALS strives to develop technologies to improve the reliability of energy production and energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environment impacts resulting in innovative products for a green economy that enhance health, security and safety.

Source: American Institute of Architects/McMaster Innovation Park