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McMaster Innovation Park

Executing on a Vision

Presentation to the Kirkendall Neighbourhood

January 10th, 2008

Zach Douglas


The process through which economic and social value is extracted from knowledge (through the creation, diffusion and transformation of ideas) to produce new or significantly improved products, processes and technologies.

what is needed for successful innovation
What is Needed for Successful Innovation
  • Strong interface between university and industry/private sector
  • Infrastructure for applied research and education
  • Interconnecting the stakeholders … it is all about skilled people and their interconnectedness
  • Local entrepreneurial culture
  • A compelling vision driven by industry and embraced by the community
  • Leadership from the major local institutions
  • Commitment of the three levels of Government



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McMaster Innovation Park will be an internationally recognized focal point for innovation, creativity, learning and research excellence aligned with the research strengths of McMaster University.


Mission Statement

  • The Mission of McMaster Innovation Park is to develop and sustain an environment that:
  • facilitates and accelerates innovation, the transfer of knowledge and the commercialization of research resulting in economic and social development
  • encourages successful collaboration amongst private sector, government, hospital, university and college researchers and educators
  • is aligned with and leverages the research strengths of McMaster University
  • and has global reach resulting in regional prosperity
  • educates and excites the community about the vital role of the University in the innovation process
  • educates and excites the community about new developing technologies and the jobs and prosperity they bring

What Will MIP Host?

  • Private, Government and University Research Facilities(Multi-use/multi-tenant or stand-alone research buildings)
  • Learning and training facilities
  • High-tech research-driven companies
  • Business incubator / accelerator facilities
  • Conference / short-term accommodation
  • Amenities – restaurants, retail, recreation and open spaces
  • Academic buildings
character of the park
Character of the Park
  • Prestigious, professional, high value research park
  • Attractive buildings, landscape, public art, screened


  • One or more “centrepiece” open spaces
  • Pedestrian connectivity, bicycle-friendly, traffic- calmed
  • A place to work, play and potentially live
  • Connected to the community
planning considerations
Planning Considerations
  • Create flexible buildings and spaces
  • Employ environmental best management practices in

buildings, green roofs, landscaping and storm water


  • Ensure security of intellectual property, specialized

equipment is shared

  • Longwood Road and Frid Street Road extensions urban and community streets that connects the area to the city
  • Provide access to community

Status of McMaster Innovation Park

  • Property purchased Jan 05 with possession taken April 05
  • Environmental risk assessment and analysis related to site and remediation planning is essentially complete
  • Demolition started June 05 and was completed Spring 06
  • Warehouse building is being leased for the short term
  • April 06 Federal Government re-announced relocation of MTL
  • Province and City have provided financial support
  • Master planning and site development is on-going
  • Detailed planning is underway for four projects
  • Construction is underway on the Red Brick Building

Capital Budget Highlights

  • 4 Projects Under Development
  • 1. Red Brick Building Redevelopment
        • $15M over 2 years
        • Phased
        • 50,000 sq. ft. out of 115,000 net rentable occupied by end of ‘08
        • Construction underway

2. CANMET (MTL) – (Federal Materials Technology Laboratory)

  • detailed design underway
  • LEED Platinum goal
  • Construction to start Fall 2008
  • Building expected to cost $35.0 - $40.0M
  • 140,000 sq. ft. of primarily specialized materials testing labs

3. Engineering Technology Centre

  • G.M. Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion
  • Mohawk/Mac partnership for Bachelor of Technology Program
  • $3.0M preliminary capital commitment by Province
  • Construction to start late in 2008 or early 2009

4. Hotel Project

  • Sale of land to developer/hotelier
  • Long term stay suites hotel such as a Residence by Marriott
  • Shared conference facilities and meeting rooms with 175 Longwood Road South
  • Market analysis pending - approximately 138 rooms


All the ingredients are in place

  • A vision and a plan.
  • Commitment from stakeholders
  • Capital
  • General and Business Community support
  • A team to make it work

Executing on the vision is underway.

Stay tuned!