In the News: McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery

April 14, 2023 | Hamilton, ON
Contributed by Jessica Kirby, Award Magazine

Artist rendering of the new McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery.

The McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery is a new 10-storey, 190,000-square-foot expansion of the existing DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Hamilton. But it is not just a place to teach and learn about business; it is an inviting, collabora­tive space that gathers learners from across disciplines to connect and breathe life into innovative ideas.

“With a foundational gift from the McLean family, we will be transform­ing the scope and practice of business education with this new, purpose-built space on campus,” says Debbie Martin, chief facilities officer and assistant VP at McMaster University. “The aim of this new facility is simple: it represents the future of learning, collaboration, and engaging with internal and external communities.”

“The space is about that collision and collaboration of not just stu­dents within the DeGroote School of Business, but also being able to find ways to collaborate with other faculties,” says David Copeland, asso­ciate with Sweeny&Co Architects. “Although the building is mainly for the business school, each of the other uses in the building has been care­fully selected to be consistent with the overarching philosophy.”

Construction officially began at the end of August 2021 and is expected to complete in 2024.

“DeGroote believes business education should focus on impact,” says Khaled Hassanein, dean of the DeGroote School of Business. “The McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery will help us in delivering a unique, discovery-based approach to business education.”

Read the full article in Award Magazine.


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