175 Longwood Road South
The Atrium building is the first completed multi-tenant building of many more to come at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP). Located at 175 Longwood Road South, the Atrium building (The Atrium@MIP) boasts an award winning design, 180,000 square-foot, 4-level office, laboratory and conference facility. It is situated on 37 acres in the west end of Hamilton with easy access to Hwy 403 and less than 2 kilometers from the internationally acclaimed McMaster University.
The Atrium@MIP multi-tenant building is the only remaining office building that was part of CAMCO's Manufacturing plant, who operated in Hamilton for almost 100 years. MIP has now transformed what once was the site of Westinghouse/Camco Warehouse and Manufacturing plants into a premier research park. In doing so, the McMaster Innovation Park has remained cognizant of the site's tradition as a centre of innovation and manufacturing since 1913. It houses several displays showing historical retrospectives of the site and of Westinghouse's success in Hamilton.
The demolition and site reclamation began 2005. As part of the renovation efforts to incorporate this building in the new MIP concept, the following modifications were made:
- All existing mechanical and electrical systems have been replaced with new energy efficient systems that include complete Building Automation Systems to provide an excellent level of comfort to its occupants.
- All interior partitions have been removed to accommodate new offices and laboratories.
- Energy efficient systems were put in place including;
- New high R value roof,
- application of sprayed insulation on all exterior walls
- replacement of all old windows
- Three new elevators were installed including a large freight elevator
- 2800 sq ft four-story atrium with a skylight
- Advanced security system
After four years of demolition, redevelopment renovation and marketing for tenants, McMaster Innovation Park celebrated the completion of its first building with a public Open House on October 26, 2009. Hundreds of people enjoyed guided tours, historical reviews, tenant displays and a celebratory cake cutting. Thirty local artists displayed more than 100 works of art in The Atrium@MIP. Dr. Mo Elbestawi, Vice-President, Research & International Affairs, had this to say about the event.
"The open house is our way to thank the public for its patience as we develop the site and encourage the residents of Hamilton to be champions of what will be a centre for true innovation and ultimately job creation, not just in Hamilton but in southern Ontario."
At the grand opening October 2009, McMaster Innovation Park was 80 percent leased with tenants employing over 280 people within the refurbished facility. The largest tenant; McMaster's Department of Family Medicine Research and Programming employing over 90 people, the largest private-sector tenant, Trivaris Family of Companies employing over 72 people.
On November 12, 2009, McMaster Innovation Park received the Award of Excellence Overall Design and Adaptive Reuse from the City of Hamilton. This prestigious award acknowledges and celebrates the extensive progress and innovative design of an organization in a variety of areas such as adaptive reuse, architecture, heritage conservation and landscape. McMaster Innovation Park had made its mark in the local community and surrounding areas.
MIP is the first in the area to offer collaborative space for researchers and entrepreneurs alike to co-locate, connect and commercialize; a place to transform their ideas from vision to commercial opportunity.
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