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McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery

Construction of the new McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery officially began at the end of August 2021.

About the McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery (MCCD)   

  • MCCD is a new 10-storey building located adjacent to the current DeGroote building.
  • Welcoming ground floor will have a café and light-filled open spaces where students can collaborate, engage in discussions, and participate in major events.
  • Several floors will have learning “hubs” or “labs”, organized spaces for students, faculty members and business partners to collaborate on solutions for the challenges facing the world of business in the 21st century.
  • This state-of-the-art learning environment will facilitate interactive, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and will be a premiere destination for students to discover, learn, and collaborate.
  • This new home for DeGroote students is funded by the University, a transformational gift from the McLean family, and the generosity of alumni and industry partners

“This is more than just a new building on campus. This structure represents the future of learning, collaborating and engaging together. The McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery is the new home for undergraduate and graduate business students, and students from all across McMaster. This important milestone means we are one step closer to transforming business education for the future.”

– Khaled Hassanein, Dean, DeGroote School of Business.

Artist's rendering of new MCCD building

Interesting Building Features

  • The MCCD will be considered a ‘Smart Building’. The plan is to implement smart building technologies that will make the building more predictive to its users and a more welcoming and easier to use environment overall.
  • State of the art AV systems will be integrated into the lecture hall and active learning spaces.
  • Window coverings will be automated in several areas to optimize natural light levels in spaces based on use.
  • Targeting LEED Gold certification – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program used worldwide.
  • Raised floor systems on multiple floors allow for efficient distribution of hot and cold air and distribution of electrical components. This also allows for future installation of other elements more easily without needing to open up walls and ceiling spaces.
  • Each floor will have 10 single-user washrooms that can be used by all genders.
  • There will be a full-service kitchen on the 10th floor with a 5,000 square foot banquet hall.
  • A bridge on L1 and L2 will connect the learning spaces between DSB and MCCD.