Built entirely in the Camco warehouse existing footprint, the original 30 foot structure has been transformed by Mantecon Partners to a 2-story, 80 000 SF research centre. As McMaster continues to expand its research and development reputation, the Automotive Resource Center will support research and development efforts in a variety of key industrial areas. In particular, the facility will have a focus on the automotive sector while being used for testing automobiles and their components including engines, motors and a variety of battery types.


Client: McMaster University
Completed: 2014
Size: 80,000 SF
Value: $16 M
Services Provided: Structural, Mechanical, Electrical
Architect: Perkins & Will


The existing façade was renovated to incorporate new overhead door openings and backlit screening. The project is also being designed to LEED Silver Certifications. The facility consists of labs; office space; conference facilities; common areas; washrooms; and corridors; as well as workshops, test benches and teaching laboratories. The facility will be used for testing of automobiles and automobile components including running engines and motors and a variety of automotive battery types.