Rehab science staff, faculty settle into new building


The School of Rehabilitation Science's staff and faculty have finally settled into the new Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

“We were teaching classes a week after we had moved in,” says Mary Law, an associate professor with the school.”We're settling in, but there are a few bugs that need to be worked out, like the ventilation, but they are working on it. It's a beautiful, bright building, and it's a wonderful environment to be in.”

The four-storey, 160,000-sq.-ft. building is located on the southwest corner of the campus, adjacent to the site of the former teachers' college. Commencing this fall, the new institute will house some 1,300 full-time and 5,000 part-time students from both McMaster and Mohawk College who will study nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, medical imaging technology and various other certificate and continuing education programs in health sciences.

The institute was conceived from the need for McMaster to have a permanent home for its School of Rehabilitation Science and Mohawk's need for a new premise for its health sciences programs.

The two post-secondary institutions will not only share a building, but have agreed to develop joint educational initiatives, including opportunities in applied research and technology development.

Mohawk's Faculty of Health Sciences will make their move from the Chedoke campus of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation in August.