The University of Windsor has awarded the design-build contract for a new Welcome Centre to Amico Design Build and Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) with Windsor-based Architecttura Inc. Architects. This gateway building will become the front door and address for the University, creating a focal point that activates the campus and encourages connections between the school and the surrounding community.
The design of the project envisions the Welcome Centre as a dynamic pavilion – fluid, daring, inviting, and embracing. Located at the southern edge of campus at the corner of Wyandotte Street and Patricia Avenue, the two-storey, 18,000-sq.-ft. building will be visible from every angle and accessible from multiple campus routes. Distinguished by a light and gently arcing ribbon of milky glass that will weave its way around the site, the building will be a beacon within the landscape and form a lively backdrop for campus activities.
Of the appointment, HPA partner, Siamak Hariri commented: “The Welcome Centre marks a transformational shift for the University of Windsor. The selection of our bold design demonstrates a commitment to future growth and development of the school as a place of innovation.”
The Welcome Centre will draw in sporadic visitors as well as cater to the permanent administrative staff, offering a comfortable work environment with natural light and views of the campus and its surroundings. The building will house a range of departments including Student Admissions and Recruitment, Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications, the University Campaign, Public Affairs and Communications, and Alumni and Donor Records. Construction is scheduled to commence early April 2014.