Situated on Hamilton Harbour and developed by Parks Canada as a teaching and demonstration facility, the Centre was mandated to be as ecologically progressive as possible, to be an example of sustainable development and an educational tool. A large public plaza, centred on the building, is situated along the pier edge; now a waterfront promenade. The Hamilton Waterfront Trust participated with the project team to integrate bicycle and walking routes on all three sides of the pier that are an extension of the Hamilton waterfront trail. They also ran a public art competition that was won by Edwin Dam and Veronica de Nogales. The parking lot and site were drained to bio retention beds that act as filters and nature preserves.