University of Windsor in Canada selects centre design team

3 March 2014 (Last Updated March 3rd, 2014 18:30)

The University of Windsor in Canada, has selected the team of Amico Design Build, Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) and Architecttura Inc. Architects to build the new Welcome Centre, which will function as a gateway to the campus.

University of Windsor

The University of Windsor in Canada, has selected the team of Amico Design Build, Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) and Architecttura Inc. Architects to build the new Welcome Centre, which will function as a gateway to the campus.

The two-storey, 18,000ft² building will be located on the north-east corner of Patricia Avenue and Wyandotte Street.

The completed building will house the offices of student admissions and recruitment, alumni affairs and donor communications; the University campaign; public affairs and communications; and alumni and donor records.

The facility will also feature a lobby for campus events and several meeting rooms, including a multi-purpose room for larger functions, a bookstore kiosk and a display area for depicting the university's rich history.

HPA said that the building will be visible from every angle and accessible from several campus routes.

The university said the building has been designed as a gently arcing ribbon of white glass that weaves its way around the site to visually connect the original section of main campus with the new Innovation Centre, the parking garage and the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

HPA partner Siamak Hariri said the Welcome Centre marks a transformational shift for the university.

"The selection of our bold design demonstrates a commitment to future growth and development of the school as a place of innovation," Hariri said.

Construction work on the project is due to start in April this year, with planned completion in the summer of 2015.


Image: The 18,000ft² building will be located on the north-east corner of Patricia Avenue and Wyandotte Street. Photo: courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.