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L.R. Wilson Hall Now Open!

McMaster’s New Home for the Social Sciences

L.R. Wilson Hall Liberal Arts Building

McMaster’s new home for the Social Sciences and Humanities is now open. With state-of-the-art technology, L.R. Wilson Hall will change the way learning and teaching happens in the liberal arts. Classes are currently taking place in the new building and research areas and other services are expected to move into their new home over the course of the year.  

“This is a very student-focused building,” says Jeremiah Hurley, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “It has been designed to factor in not only our current needs, but how we imagine ourselves in 10 to 15 years.”

Features of state of the art facility include:

  • Interactive classrooms
  • Student commons, café, study and meeting rooms, and extended green landscape throughout the building’s major spaces
  • Social Sciences Research Labs
  • Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
  • Centre for Policy Analysis and Change Management
  • Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
  • Indigenous Studies Program and Student Support

More space for teaching and learning.

The 150,000 square-foot building, will provide students, faculty and staff with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research space. L.R. Wilson Hall will also be home to a 350-seat concert hall and nearly 20,000 square-feet of space dedicated to McMaster University’s Indigenous Studies Program.

“There will be Indigenous Studies community space on the first level of the building,” says Dr. Hurley. “This is important not only for the Indigenous Studies Program, but Indigenous students across campus.”

The building will also house Social Sciences and Humanities research space, both the Gilbrea Centre and Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, which, along with the Indigenous Studies Program, fall under the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The project is being funded through a $10-million gift from McMaster University Chancellor Lynton (Red) Wilson and a $45.5-million investment from the provincial government.