McMaster University’s new, six-story David Braley Health Sciences Centre is the core of a new satellite campus and a significant contributor to the revitalization of downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Visitors are welcomed into a two-story, light filled atrium where a series of public spaces cascade up to the top of the building.
Organized to encourage walking instead of elevator use, these spaces include a street level bistro, informal meeting areas, office space, indoor gardens, amphitheater, maternity, family and public health clinics, seminar and teaching facilities. David Braley Health Sciences Centre is also home to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services. NORR’s educational architecture design team used a pallet of stone, wood, fountains and planting features that reflect the geological features of the Niagara escarpment on which Hamilton sits. These natural materials underscore the building’s LEED® Gold green agenda.
NORR is an employee-owned, fully integrated A&E firm. Our professional team of 800 architects, engineers, planners and interior designers work collaboratively across 12 market sectors from offices located in Canada, the US, UK and UAE.
- 2018 World Architecture Community WA Awards 10+5+x (29th Cycle), Realized Project Award
- 2017 City of Hamilton, Urban Design and Architecture Award, Public Buildings Chief City Planner Award for Outstanding Contribution to the City
- 2017 The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada / AWMAC Award of Excellence
- 2016 Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) Building Excellence Awards – Institutional – More than $20 Million
- 2016 Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction
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