Campus Construction

Burke Science and General Sciences Building

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Project description:Renovations to the Burke Science Building have taken a sustainable approach to site, construction, design and energy consumption. The project will achieve and be recognized for exceeding Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) standards set out by Natural Resources Canada, and has been modeled under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) checklist for sustainable design. New services to improve energy efficiency, air quality and reduce consumption are included.

The plan for BSB calls for the complete renovation of the south wing of the building with the addition of an elevator and a penthouse to accommodate the mechanical and electrical infrastructure. The entire south section will be renovated from the sub-basement to the third level. Generally on the first and third level, classroom and research areas will be created for the School of Geography and Geology and on the second level a number of classroom areas will be refurbished for use by the Department of Biology. The basement area requires minimal alterations. Total gross floor area of renovations, but not including the new penthouse, is approximately 42,000 sq.ft.

Cost: $38 million

External funding sources: N/A

Other: McMaster Financing

Architect: Vermeulen/Hind Architects

Contractor: STF Construction

Timeline: January 2008