Pictured, From Left: Geri Tino (ATA), Diana Parker (McMaster), Deidre Henne (McMaster), Shawn Miller (VRM), Alexander Temporale (ATA), Greg Cartwright (IMC), Wynn McDonald (IMC). Photo Credit: Cliff Birkett.
Although the McMaster University campus was relatively quiet over the summer months, Ira McDonald Construction was completing accessibility improvements to McMaster’s Campus Store on an accelerated schedule.
The historic bookstore resides in the basement of Gilmour Hall, which was built in 1959 at a time when accessibility concerns were not a primary concern in building design. Ira McDonald’s contribution to the two-year, multi-stage renovation included barrier-free renovations to the front entrance of the store, as well as a new entrance at the back of the building.
“On projects with aggressive timelines, it’s important that the client, consultants, and contractors collaborate to ensure that work is completed on time and on budget. On this project, we worked closely with McMaster University, ATA Architects, and VRM Engineering to open the McMaster Campus Store in time for students’ arrival.”
– Greg Cartwright, IMC Project Manager
The Campus Store was officially reopened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 9th, 2014, which was attended by representatives from McMaster University, ATA Architects, VRM Engineering, and Ira McDonald Construction.
About McMaster University:
McMaster University is ranked 4th among Canadian universities and 92nd in the world by the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is home to over fifty world-class research facilities such as the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.