The BLUE Lounge

The Bob Loree Undergraduate Engineering Lounge is located in JHE 121, right off the main lobby of JHE. It is home to The Drain, the MES Office, and all of our awesome publications! Come by to relax in the lounge space, use our microwaves, utilize the charging station, take advantage of our extensive Textbook Library, catch up on some studying, and most importantly meet other Mac Eng students! The Lounge is the hub of the MES, and contains Mac Eng culture and history in the form of murals, memorabilia and knowledgeable upper year students who are keen to share their wisdom with you, most likely over a round of Euchre!

The Drain

The Drain is the MES’ Engineering Store! It’s packed with Mac Eng swag, with awesome items such as: toques, scarves, posters, lanyards, t-shirts, bandanas, stickers, patches, and so much more! The Drain is also your one-stop-shop for tickets to social events that the MES hosts throughout the year.

The MES Office

The MES Office is the headquarters for all McMaster Engineering Society Council members. It is located in the BLUE Lounge next to The Drain and the Council mailboxes, and is where you can access many MES services such as the Tutoring Program, pick up your MES Card, and visit the MES Executive and AVPs during their Office Hours!

The Gerald Hatch Centre

The Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning will be a multi-storey facility located adjacent to the John Hodgins Engineering Building. The centre will serve as a common meeting ground for Engineering students from all disciplines. It will provide a home for student clubs and societies, collaborative workspaces, design studios, display and demonstration spaces, areas for students to meet, relax and work together, as well as selected student services. Enhancing the student learning experience in the Faculty of Engineering, the proposed GHC building will provide a venue for hands on learning as well as serving as a living laboratory for sustainable building technologies. The open concept will show construction techniques and building materials. The building’s energy use will be available in real time, showing the energy cost of the building’s operation.

The GHC facility will showcase sustainable building technologies with the aim of creating an ultra-green building including systems such as solar, geothermal, and other technologies will not only power the centre, they will serve as interactive labs for undergraduate students. Students will be able to for example, study the impact of various energy-saving strategies, how they interact and how they are impacted by weather. In this capacity the Hatch building will function as a living laboratory. As students use the centre for their day to day needs they will be learning about how their use of the building plus other factors affects the energy consumption within the building.

Funding of the building will come from a combination of sources. Current students, alumni and friends of McMaster will contribute to the construction of the building with possible additional funding coming from government organizations for support of the sustainable technologies used in the building.  In March 2012 a student referendum broke voter turnout records, with over 75% of the students being in support of a building levy. The building levy will be $50 from every undergraduate engineering student, for the next 10 years. Other major sponsors such as Hatch Consulting have made major donations and because of such donations the building is was renamed for the ExCEL Building to the Gerald Hatch Centre after the Gerald Hatch kindly donated two million dollars to the project.

Engineering students have played an active role in the building design process and have had direct interactions with the building architects and engineers. So far many student teams have worked on designing the energy systems, the structure requirements and how the building can best meet student needs. Student teams will continue to work on the building until its completion in 2017 and also will help create the organizational policy for the building occupants.