Integrated Project Delivery at SLCan Sustainable Laboratory Conference

The 2021 SLCan Sustainable Laboratory Conference is a Canadian national forum focused on strengthening the sustainable laboratory community and sharing knowledge, promoting innovation and best practices, as well as providing a platform for strategic thinking and discussion on the challenges and opportunities related to these assets. SLCan Sustainable Laboratory Virtual Conference will take place October 18-20, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is Resilience: Planning + Adaptation Beyond COVID-19.

Integral Group is proud to be represented by Senior Mechanical Designer Keith Davidge and Associate Principal Bhavin Degadwala in SLCan’s panel discussion:

Robust and Resilient: Adaptive Reuse of a Newspaper Printing Facility Through Integrated Project Delivery

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | Stream 8

McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) has grown steadily since its inception and now stands at the beginning of a major scale-up, with the goal of a future footprint of 2.5 million square feet. MIP will be a hub of life sciences research and entrepreneurship extending out from Hamilton Ontario and encompassing the Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding region.

The first stage of this expansion begins with the former Hamilton Spectator newspaper building at 44 Frid St. This iconic three-story 260,000 square foot building will be renovated and become home to life science laboratories, supporting offices, and collaborating and amenity spaces. This redevelopment will be a deep green retrofit with the goal of creating a Net Zero Carbon life sciences laboratory.

The project is following an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach, a collaborative project development process that integrates people, systems, business structures, and business practices. The IPD process collectively harnesses the talents, and insights of all project participants to optimize the project results; increase value to the owner; reduce waste; and maximize efficiency throughout all the phases of design, fabrication, and construction. Building systems are designed concurrently with lab programs and space planning so that the design team is able to tune their individual designs to complement partner disciplines and maximize value to the building owners and occupants.

Our long-term environmental and societal challenges are best met by adopting and adapting improved habits and behaviors. Through the carefully planned reuse and reinvigoration of aged but robust infrastructure, the 44 Frid conversion will demonstrate that iconic buildings need not be replaced to make way for new infrastructure to improve our climate resiliency and to provide continuity for the landmarks that define communities.


  • Keith Davidge, Mechanical Designer & IPD Specialist | Integral Group
  • Bhavin Degadwala, Mechanical Associate Principal | Integral Group
  • Som Bose, Principal Planner ESAT | HDR

Visit SLCan to learn more and to register for this event.

Date(s): October 20, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Speaker: Mechanical Designer & IPD Specialist Keith Davidge; Mechanical Associate Principal Bhavin Degadwala; Principal Planner ESAT Som Bose