The board of governors of University of Windsor approved the construction of new building in the city centre adjacent to the former Windsor Armouries.
Recently, the university unveiled the design of a new building, which will be located on the former Tunnel Bar-B-Q property. The new $12.8 million building together with the Armouries will be home to the university’s School of Creative Arts.
The project was approved by the board as part of the university’s overall Capital Transformation Plan set in place in 2010. This plan included a $75 million development in the city centre, creating a downtown campus for the School of Creative Arts, as well as for the School of Social Work and the Centre for Executive and Professional Education at the former site of the Windsor Star building.
The School of Creative Arts was created through a merger of the School of Music, the School of Visual Arts and the film production program. The new facilities in the city centre will provide an exciting creative complex for its students, and enable the school to envision new interdisciplinary programs that build upon the merger.
The new building, designed by CS&P Architects Inc., will be a 22,335-square-foot, single-story structure with a main entrance facing the corner of Freedom Way and Park Street East.
The building, located directly across Freedom Way from the Armouries, will house learning studios and editing suites for media and film studies; workshops for metal and woodworking; digital fabrication labs and a printmaking studio.
Construction on the former TBQ site and the Armouries will commence early in 2015, with completion slated for August 2016.