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L.R. Wilson Hall for Studiesin Humanities and Social Sciences
L.R. Wilson Hall for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
Renderings courtesy of CS&P Architects

LEED Silver

L.R. Wilson Hall for Studies in
Humanities and Social Sciences

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario


McMaster University


CS&P Architects

Project Completion Date

September, 2016

Type of Contract

Lump Sum

Project Value



The 150,000 sq. ft. L.R. Wilson Hall is the realization of McMaster’s vision for the Hamilton community and the new home for the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences.

The LEED certified building incorporates “active” learning classrooms while providing a host of formal and informal learning/studying environments for the faculties’ undergraduate and graduate student body.  Included in the building’s program mix is a 350-seat Concert Hall, 150-seat multi-purpose Black Box Theatre and 400-seat tiered Lecture Theatre.  The building also engages the community through its Research Centres and Institutes; the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, Gilbrea Centre for Health and Aging, Pathway Institute, and the Indigenous Studies Program.  The site is bordered by a buffer of mature trees along Forsyth Avenue and Sterling Street and the preservation of these trees demonstrates the importance of landscape in the design consideration.

In addition to providing students, faculty and staff with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research space, L.R. Wilson Hall includes associated spaces, community outreach spaces, classrooms, research areas, graduate program areas, student support spaces and an underground parking lot.

The building houses social sciences and humanities research space, experiential education offices, a centre for policy analysis and both the Gilbrea Institute and Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, which, along with the Indigenous Studies Program, fall under the Faculty of Social Sciences.