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01. Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine McMaster University

MacMaster University
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
January 2011
24M budget
Siamak Hariri, Partner-in-Charge

Joint-Venture with Young + Wright Architects

The University of Waterloo’s Integrated Health Sciences Campus, comprised of the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, was designed and built to not only provide a suitable learning environment for students and faculty, but to also act as a catalyst for its immediate community, as well as presenting the city of Kitchener with a distinct landmarks. A public and private partnership between the city of Kitchener and University of Waterloo, formed in 2003, created an opportunity for the city to offer the land and funding and subsequently obtain a facility that would offer an imperative education, pharmaceutical and medical services to the community and would also present a landmark –School of Pharmacy Building—on the urban landscape. The result is a hybrid of school and clinic that sets an important precedent for future developments in this realm. As such, the projects incorporate complementing programs, mixing faculty and student laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, an auditorium, an herbarium, a family clinic, and a commercial pharmacy.

As the second phase of the complex, McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine completes the partnership and encourages collaboration and dynamic interaction between students and faculty. An enclosed courtyard and large central fireplace create interactive gathering spaces between the two buildings, which foster discussion and the exchange of ideas. A herbarium moves outside the confines of traditional pharmaceutical practice, encouraging a broader, more holistic approach to the field. Here, the school will also offer scientific and public lectures on the plant-based origins of modern medicines.

The architecture and facilities provide a wealth of benefits to the school’s users and to the wider community at large. Located outside the main campus in downtown Kitchener’s warehouse district, the new health sciences campus is poised to have significant impact in the community’s revitalization, as an amenity for students, faculty and residents alike.

2010 Design Exchange Awards
Silver Medal—Architecture, Commercial

2010 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
—Design Excellence

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