University of Windsor unveils new master plan
$8M welcome centre for students to be the first building constructed
The University of Windsor has released its master campus plan.
It establishes a vision for the school for the next 50 years.
The university's board of governors is sold on the plan, which is described as an attractive design that enriches both the student and the community experience and positions the university to be more competitive.
Alan Wildeman, the university's president, says the plan will help determine what the spaces in between buildings will look like and how they connect with each other.
The plan identifies key projects that could help unify the campus.
One suggestion is building a landscaped pedestrian bridge over the railway tracks to link the human kinetics and athletics complex with the central campus.
Wildeman says the plan reflects some creative thinking.
"It's a different set of circumstances that we are in. I think our university, every university in Ontario, is looking [at] how do we adapt to this, what do we do to make sure we're creating the kind of experience we want to have, being responsible with our resources and are really going to give students an education and some tools that will help them go forward," he said.
The master plan includes new residences, gateways and themed areas.
One of the first projects is an $8-million welcome centre for students at the corner of Wyandotte Street west and Sunset Avenue.
Construction is expected to start this fall and be complete by the end of 2014.
"I think what we need to be doing is making sure that we are putting students in environments where they feel they can be as creative as they can be that we are creating spaces that they want to be in," Wildeman said.
Links with the new downtown campus along University Avenue are also envisioned to help unite the two campuses.
There is also a suggestion for an open-air amphitheatre attached to the dramatic arts building.