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What is this consultation about?

McMaster University is a part of our surrounding community and the perspectives of our

community members are important.


Our University Master Plan will provide a vision for the future development of our campus and locations over the next decade, and a framework that will shape our buildings, outdoor spaces, infrastructure and the experience of being at McMaster.


In the spring, students, faculty, staff, and external consultees were invited to share their perspective to help shape the future development of our campus and locations.


The themes that came out of our consultation include:


• Civic responsibility;

• Academic excellence;

• Housing;

• Transportation;

• Natural assets; and

• Sustainability and becoming a Net Zero Carbon campus


We invite you to share your views and opinions with McMaster University and our consultants from BDP Quadrangle via this survey to help inform our next University Master Plan.

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Theme 1: Provide More Housing Options on Campus and Nearby


Ideas we have heard from our internal McMaster community include:


  • Consider higher density housing options on campus and nearby.
  • Provide guaranteed residence for all first year students either on campus or nearby. 
  • Create mixed-use, inclusive living communities with increased capacity on campus and nearby.
  • Develop affordable housing options to support undergraduates, graduates, families, and staff and reduce pressure on nearby communities.

Examples:

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Image: Staff and student housing near the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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Image: Student housing at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Do you agree with these ideas for housing?
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Theme 2: Create a Connected and Accessible University


Ideas we have heard from our internal McMaster community include:


  • Create a greater sense of connectivity between campuses and collaborate with the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx to integrate with the proposed LRT network.
  • Reduce dominance of surface parking lots by consolidating car parking and exploring future parking needs and numbers.
  • Support behavioural change through promoting sustainable transportation.
  • Improve the entrances to campus at both Main Street West and Sterling Street, prioritizing safety and walkability.

Examples:

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Image: Sustainable travel route at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

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Image: Integrated transit hub at the Calgary Central Library.

Do you agree with these ideas for creating a connected and accessible university?
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Theme 3: Enhance our Natural Environment

 

Ideas we have heard from our internal McMaster community include:


  • Enhance the relationship between the University and its surrounding natural lands, such as the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.
  • Protect our natural lands across campus and reclaim part of west campus for a marshland research facility.
  • Adopt a regenerative design approach, where we give back more than we take by creating a climate-resilient landscape.
  • Develop robust strategies for stormwater and drainage to ensure the long-term sustainability of the campus and surrounding areas.

Examples:

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Image: Integrated stormwater management at the University of British Columbia.

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Image: Outdoor learning space at the University of North Carolina.

Do you agree with these ideas for enhancing our natural environment?
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Theme 4: Reduce our Carbon Footprint

 

Ideas we have heard from our internal McMaster community include:


  • Improve the energy efficiency of our existing buildings, and set high design standards and environmental performance targets for any new buildings.
  • Support the plan to accelerate achieving a Net Zero Carbon campus by de-carbonizing building operations through greater electrification, geothermal heat pumps, and implementation of SMART and emerging technologies to improve operational efficiency.

Examples:

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Image: Geoexchange system at the University of Toronto, a campus-wide low carbon district energy system.

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Image: Retrofit of the Alliance Business School at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom with a new frontage of floor to ceiling windows.

Do you agree with these ideas for reducing our carbon footprint?
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Do you have anything else to share about McMaster’s buildings, outdoor spaces, infrastructure, campus or locations?
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Thank you for sharing your views with us today.


The perspectives you provided will help McMaster University and our consultants from BDP Quadrangle develop our next University Master Plan, and inform the future development of our campus and locations over the next decade.


You can follow our progress on the development of our next University Master Plan on our website.


If you have any questions, please connect with us at facility@mcmaster.ca.

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