MIP’s CanmetMATERIALS Lab Takes Brownfield Redevelopment Award

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) presented Diamond Schmitt Architects and McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) with the Brownie Award for Best Large Scale Project at the Canadian Brownfields Conference in Toronto. The winning project is MIP’s anchor tenant, CANMET Material Technology Laboratory, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects.CANMET is located on a 37-acrebrownfield site in Hamilton, Ontario with 100 years of industrial heritage. An extensive revitalization and rehabilitation plan was implemented as part of an ambitious goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification, which CANMET received this year.“Even though the technical aspects of brownfield redevelopment have largely been overcome since the CUI Brownie Awards were launched, success execution and implementation still requires a high degree of skill,” added Glenn Miller, VP of education and research with the CUI. “This year’s finalists and winners are a tribute to the high quality of design and technical expertise across the country.”The 16,000-square-metre CANMET facility is operated by Natural Resources Canada and incorporates a complex industrial program of pilot scale casting, rolling and welding, corrosion, mechanical testing and micro structure evaluations serving Canadian metallurgical industries. Filled with natural light, fresh air ventilation, planting gardens and a host of renewable and passive initiatives, CANMET fully integrates building design and mechanical and electrical systems to achieve a primary objective to significantly reduce energy use in this highly energy consumptive building type. - ReNew Canada

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CanmetMATERIALS Award

McMaster, Chrysler announced milestone partnership

Chrysler Canada and McMaster University have entered into what is described as a “milestone” partnership to develop next-generation electrified powertrains and technology to reduce the weight of cars.

The partnership was officially announced Friday at 10 a.m. at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC).

The deal also involves funding from the federal government. Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford and representatives from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will be on hand.

MARC, an 80,000-square-foot, $26-million conversion of a part of a former appliance warehouse, was opened within the McMaster Innovation Park in May.

There are about 200 McMaster University engineers, chemists, mathematicians and social scientists working on automotive research. Mac aims to make the city the centre of advanced automotive science in Canada.

MARC already has a series of industry partners, including manufacturers and ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

According to provincial statistics, Ontario’s auto sector employs 90,000 and built 2.5 million vehicles in 2012, more than another province or state in North America. Ontario is home to five automakers and more than 350 parts manufacturers.
Hamilton Spectator 

 

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A 2 minute update on McMaster Innovation Park with President & CEO Zach Douglas

Check out our latest video blog, and listen to an update on what’s happening at McMaster Innovation Park in just two minutes. One of the newest additions to MIP is the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre which houses the Btech program where students from McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology will study Automotive and Vehicle Technology.

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Third edition of CanmetMATERIALS’ Science Funfest

Third edition of CanmetMATERIALS’ Science Funfest – Open House to take place on October 26 as part of National Science and Technology Week

CanmetMATERIALS’ Science Funfest – Open House is an exciting opportunity to learn about science and technology through hands-on activities and interactions with scientists employed in their field of expertise, materials science. It is a chance for people of all ages to learn about innovative metals and materials and their applications. Science stations and displays will be interactive — designed to inspire and excite children and youth, and inform adults who are curious about the work being done at the lab. It is also a chance for people to see the inside of a building slated for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Aligned with the objectives of National Science and Technology Week, the Science Funfest – Open House will open up the CanmetMATERIALS building to the public. The work done at this lab is unique in Canada. New materials developed by scientists here benefit from innovative processing facilities and specialized techniques for measuring materials performance. The displays will illustrate not only the 70-year history of the lab, but also some key examples of the efforts and successes leading to Canadian achievements in the areas of science and technology. This is one of the only federal institutions in southwesternOntarioto offer an Open House for National Science and Technology Week.

We are pleased to welcome external partners to provide hands-on demonstrations at our Science Funfest this year, including tenants in the McMaster Innovation Park, Scientists in School, South Central Ontario Region (http://www.scientistsinschool.ca/sis-sco.php) and Let’s Talk Science Hamilton (http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/lts/).

 

What: Science Funfest – Open House at CanmetMATERIALS

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 183 Longwood Road South,Hamilton,Ontario,L8P 0A5 (in theMcMasterInnovationPark)

Cost: Free admission and free parking

VitaSound launches new product

Best Buy Canada is featuring a new personal hearing device from VitaSound, a tech company based here at McMaster Innovation Park, with a special launch Friday.

VitaSound was established in 2008 when McMaster researchers developed a new hearing aid technology called the neuro-compensator. It has since launched a hearing aid device sold in Walmart and Walgreens stores in the U.S. and other retailers.

Gora Ganguli, VitaSound’s president and CEO, said the technology was also used to create a new device which resembles an MP3 player called a personal audio enhancer. The new device is intended for those who are hard of hearing for listening to TV or having a conversation in a crowded room.

“Only two out of 10 people who need a hearing aid actually wear one, either through the stigma or the cost or both,” said Ganguli.

The device is for sale on Amazon, Best Buy online and other catalogues. The special launch Friday is part of Best Buy’s new Viva lifestyle products. [The Hamilton Spectator]

 VitaSound is a start-up company which uses patented technology to create a new generation of hearing solutions.  The company is developing products that enhance how hearing devices perform and simplifying how they are purchased.  At the core of the VitaSound solution is a radically new hearing aid that uses the Neuro-Compensator™ algorithm to target a near-normal neuronal activity in the auditory system, giving hearing impaired users an authentic hearing experience.