David Braley Health Sciences Centre, McMaster Health Campus, Hamilton

Client McMaster University
Location 100 Main St. W. Hamilton, Ontario
Contract Type Construction Management
Architect NORR Limited, Architects and Engineers

Project Details

This 192,000-square-foot, six-storey building is located at the corner of Main and Bay streets right across from city hall in downtown Hamilton.

Home to several academic divisions of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, including the Department of Family Medicine and numerous educational programs, it contains a large family health clinic and also serves as headquarters for the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services.

The $65 million, LEED Gold Certified structure integrates art, nature and contemporary design. A beautiful landmark, it is clad with stone and copper, and curtain wall sections on the outside, making it a very unique and attractive building. On the inside, it has numerous wood floors and structures, thus creating a warm and friendly space.

The Challenge

Working in downtown Hamilton meant we had no lay-down area and no space for storage. We also had to construct an underground parking area. As a result, it was very important that deliveries be carefully timed for this project.

There was also potential risk to the general public because it’s a very busy area and a high profile location.

The Ball Solution

Since scheduling was very important, Ball relied upon just-in-time delivery. We offloaded trucks onto the street and brought material onto the site in an efficient and timely manner.

We also ensured that the project site was safe and protected so the public couldn’t get into it and that nothing came off the site onto surrounding streets.

Ball completed this project under budget. The owner was very pleased with the results and the facility will probably win many awards.