Construction of a new $8.4-million welcome centre at the University of Windsor will begin next month.

The board of governors on Tuesday chose Hariri Pontarini Architects and Amico to design and build the project at the corner of Wyandotte Street and Patricia Road.

University president Alan Wildeman says the facility will be a gateway to the campus.

"The purpose is to create an address for the University of Windsor, a place that can house our student recruitment all the way through to our alumni affairs activities, to really create a centre that's the [360-degree] experience of the University of Windsor, from the time people first come, to their lifelong engagement with us," Wildeman said.

Construction will start next month, weather permitting.

"Architecturally, it's going to be very unique. It's going to create a very welcoming and iconic structure that will be a big part of our campus master plan, completing the welcome commons," Wildeman said.

The building is expected to open in the summer of 2015.