Construction begins in the downtown core on McMaster University’s first-ever graduate residence

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Published May 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Construction has begun on McMaster University’s first-ever graduate residence.

10 Bay Graduate Residence will be located at the southwest corner of King and Bay Street, housing more than 600 graduate students and their families.

The building is scheduled to be completed in 2023 and the school believes it will contribute to the revitalization of the downtown community.

“Our first graduate residence is the latest development in McMaster’s growing presence in downtown Hamilton,” says David Farrar, president of McMaster University. “The graduate students who will reside at 10 Bay will bring more energy, life and creativity to the centre of the city.”

McMaster conducted a survey and found that graduate students preferred a central downtown Hamilton location.

Rendering of McMaster University’s 10 Bay Graduate Residence, which will be located on the southwest corner of King Street West and Bay Street South in downtown Hamilton. (McMaster University photo)

The residence will also be located at one of the planned stops for the city’s perspective Light Rail Transit (LRT) project — which received financial support from the provincial and federal governments last week.

“We’re looking forward to the energy, excitement and innovation on the horizon as construction for the downtown graduate residence begins,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “Those living at 10 Bay Street will be steps away from local restaurants, shops and trails and will truly get a sense of what Hamilton is all about. We’re excited for our community to grow and look forward to welcoming these graduate students to our city.”

The 30-story residence will feature a fitness centre, yoga and musical instrument jamming spaces, green roofs with an outdoor running track, BBQ area and lounge spaces, event spaces with communal kitchens, and study or meeting spaces.

Graduate students will have a choice of studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments.

The building, designed by Diamond Schmitt, also features space for 200 bicycles.

In 2015, McMaster opened the David Braley Health Sciences Centre at 100 Main St. West, directly across from Hamilton City Hall.

In 2016, One James North opened in the Jackson Square development, housing the university’s Centre for Continuing Education, as well as finance and advancement staff.

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