posted on June 15: Three more groups moving to courthouse campus


Parts of McMaster's University Advancement department and Business Management Services are moving to the courthouse campus.

Staff from Advancement Services, Development and the Office of Public Relations, which are under the University Advancement umbrella, will begin moving out of Alumni Memorial Hall and Gilmour Hall in early August. They will occupy part of the first floor of the five-storey courthouse building. Alumni Advancement will move from Gilmour Hall to Alumni Memorial Hall and parts of the Public Relations office will move to Chester New Hall.

Staff from Business Management Services' Analysis & Budgeting, Investments, Internal Audit and Human Resources Benefits are moving from the third floor of Gilmour Hall onto the fifth floor of the courthouse building after Sept. 1.

In addition, staff with the Foundation for Medical Practice Education from the Faculty of Health Sciences will move into the courthouse's lower level in early July.

The newest groups moving to the downtown campus will join Purchasing Resources and Financial Resources staff who began work in the building on Monday, June 4. Continuing Education staff and Human Resources staff training personnel are moving onto the second floor of the courthouse building — an area that now contains four large courtrooms — once a design firm has completed a plan for classrooms, computer labs and breakout rooms.

The University has leased the former Wentworth County courthouse from the city for 10 years in a bid to ease the space shortage on the main campus. Student-centred services are being housed in buildings that are close to the new McMaster University Student Centre that is due to open in January.

University planner Linda Axford said establishing the courthouse campus in the downtown core also helps McMaster bolster its links with the local community.