Diamond Schmitt Architects to renovate Centre for Biomedical Engineering at McMaster

The next phase of development at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario will establish an advanced centre for innovation at the crossroads of life sciences, medicine and engineering. The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) will develop novel cell manufacturing systems related to cell therapy and immunology.

Diamond Schmitt Architects will renovate and fit-out 20,000-square-feet within the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) to accommodate office, research and manufacturing facilities. An additional 20,000-square-feet on the second floor will be prepared for future laboratory and office use. The project is a partnership between McMaster University and Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI of Germany. 

At a ceremony, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said Ottawa will contribute $12-million towards the $33-million facility, where researchers will develop technologies for eye care, point-of-care medical devices and cancer treatments.

A modular approach defines the layout and planning of the Containment Level 2 Laboratory Zones. Open concept island benches with top down servicing will achieve the maximum amount of useable floor space for equipment and benching while maintaining safe distances between facing work areas for circulation.

The design approach to group shared resources extends to the interior design concept for the showroom, which will be flexible and reconfigurable to showcase the development of products, devices and tools. The showroom will have sliding operable panels for maximum flexibility to reconfigure into one large space or subdivide into smaller meeting rooms.

“The new facilities will ensure BEAM scientists have the infrastructure required to move their research on biomaterials, diagnostics and cell therapies, into market-ready technologies,” said Frank Emmrick, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI.

In keeping with the mandate of McMaster Innovation Park to attain minimum LEED Silver for all its buildings, the design for BEAM incorporates numerous sustainable design initiatives, including: non-toxic products, green construction measures, indoor air quality, recycled content, efficient lighting, reduced water usage and daylight views.

CanmetMATERIALS, a research centre for fabricating, processing and evaluating metals and materials, is adjacent to BEAM and also designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects. It achieved LEED Platinum certification.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre. Photo courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The Fraunhofer Project Centre. Photo courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects.
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