New liberal arts building moving forward
A campus location has been determined for McMaster's new liberal arts building. The recommendation from the project executive steering committee is to locate the signature building at the current location of Wentworth House.
The Wentworth House site was always considered a leading contender for the project as it is identified in the Campus Plan as a building site, provides a central location for students and creates easy access for members of the public who will be engaged with students and faculty on a variety of programs. Other parts of campus were considered but the Wentworth House site was identified as the optimal location.
The $65 million project is made possible by a $45.5 million investment from the Ontario government, critical early support in the form of a $10 million gift from Chancellor Lynton (Red) Wilson and a $1 million gift from the McMaster Association of Part-time Students. The building will be known as L.R. Wilson Hall.
Wentworth House currently houses a number of areas. The University will work closely with the McMaster Children's Centre to find a new location. The Phoenix is relocating later this summer to its new home at the Refectory. Graduate students from the faculties of humanities and social sciences will be moved to temporary space. Discussions will be held with other groups in the building to find the best possible solutions for their ongoing needs.
The site recommendation will now move through the formal approval process including the University Planning Committee and Planning and Building Committee. Once approved, the detailed design work will be undertaken with construction expected to begin in the second half of next year.
Wilson Hall will create new teaching and learning spaces to support innovative teaching, research and community engagement for the faculties of humanities and social sciences. More than half of McMaster's students take courses within the two faculties.