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uWindsor Releases Downtown Campus Renders

23 APR 2012
Topic : Education News

Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor, has revealed preliminary renderings of the school’s downtown campus.

“The University of Windsor is creating new spaces where our students, faculty and staff can be engaged in innovative teaching, learning and discovery, and where they can more effectively partner with the arts community and social agencies to make a difference,” Dr. Wildeman said, told a press conference at the uWindsor unveiling. 

uWindsor Downtown Campus Rendering

“Our downtown campus will create an important cultural hub for our community, providing access to services and new ideas that speak to the quality of life, when it opens in the fall of 2014.”

The ambitious plan involves three heritage buildings, including:

  • Transferring the 110-year-old Windsor Armouries to become the home of the newly merged schools of music and visual arts.
  • Converting the former Greyhound bus depot for the film production program.  The building’s original art deco façade will be restored.
  • Turning the Chatham Street Parkette into a small outdoor performance and gathering space.
  • Renovating the Windsor Star building to house the School of Social Work and the Centre for Professional and Executive Education.

uWindsor Downtown Windsor Star Rendering

“The Windsor Star building will receive a dramatic transformation that will leave the historic façades intact, but completely rebuild the structures into new teaching and learning spaces with convenient access for the community,” said Wildeman.

Most of the original brick and limestone façades of these buildings will be maintained and restored, with the interiors being completely redone.

The renderings were created by CS&P Architects Inc., who will be working on the Windsor Armouries, the former Greyhound bus depot and the Windsor Star building. The latter, by the way, were both donated by the City of Windsor (along with $10 million in funding). The provincial government has also invested $15 million. uWindsor is expected to pay for the remaining costs of construction, with revenues and fundraising.

Click here to see more renders of uWindsor’s downtown campus.

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