MIP’s CanmetMATERIALS Lab takes brownfield redevelopment award

October 28, 2013

HAMILTON – The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) presented Diamond Schmitt Architects and McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) with the Brownie Award for Best Large Scale Project at the Canadian Brownfields Conference in Toronto. The winning project is MIP’s anchor tenant, CANMET Material Technology Laboratory, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects.CANMET is located on a 37-acrebrownfield site in Hamilton, Ontario with 100 years of industrial heritage. An extensive revitalization and rehabilitation plan was implemented as part of an ambitious goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification, which CANMET received this year.“Even though the technical aspects of brownfield redevelopment have largely been overcome since the CUI Brownie Awards were launched, success execution and implementation still requires a high degree of skill,” added Glenn Miller, VP of education and research with the CUI. “This year’s finalists and winners are a tribute to the high quality of design and technical expertise across the country.”The 16,000-square-metre CANMET facility is operated by Natural Resources Canada and incorporates a complex industrial program of pilot scale casting, rolling and welding, corrosion, mechanical testing and micro structure evaluations serving Canadian metallurgical industries. Filled with natural light, fresh air ventilation, planting gardens and a host of renewable and passive initiatives, CANMET fully integrates building design and mechanical and electrical systems to achieve a primary objective to significantly reduce energy use in this highly energy consumptive building type. - ReNew Canada

Source: McMaster Innovation Park