McMaster University Automotive Resource Centre(MARC)
FEDERAL INVESTMENT TRANSFORMS WAREHOUSE INTO AUTO RESOURCE CENTRE, PROMISING BENEFITS TO LOCAL ECONOMY
MARC will be located in a renovated area within an existing building located at 270 Longwood Rd. S..
MARC will occupy approximately 70,000 SF of which, 50,000SF will be located in the first floor and the re-maining on the second floor.
The space will be comprised of labs, some of which will be two-storey high, offices, and common areas which will include reception, meeting rooms, kitchen-ettes, corridors, etc. The MARC building will be lo-cated south of the proposed long-stay Hotel site which is slated for completion in the next five years.
To date, the following McMaster University researchers are looking to co-locate at MARC:
Electric Vehicle R & D Centre: Dr. Maibaum's laboratory will focus on automotive software development and engineering.
Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies: Dr. Habibi's centre will provide a world-class research and development facility pioneering the testing, monitor- ing, fault-prediction, and optimization systems related to hybrid technologies.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies: Dr. Emadi is the Canadian Research Chair on Hybrid drive train tech- nology. He is planning to create a Research Centre of Excellence.
McMaster Materials Research Institute: Dr. McDermid will be working with a strategic partner to develop materials for the automotive industry.
In other news,
August 24, 2011, Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for southern Ontario, announced up to $11.5 million dollars will be granted to McMaster University for research and development of green automotive technologies. McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) will employ 120-150 people. To read McMaster Daily News
Construction of the 88,512 sq. ft. McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) is expected to commence shortly at 270 Longwood Road South. The creation of MARC will see the phased re-development of the 177,000 sq. ft. CAREPORT building, providing a home for a number of strategic research initiatives driven by the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology.
Continuum Productions will continue to operate the CAREPORT facility during and after the construction of MARC, hosting a variety of shows and events.