Board of Governors votes to move Social Work and the Centre for
Executive and Professional Development to historical downtown location
WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor has
confirmed it will purchase the Windsor Star property at the corner of
Pitt and Ferry Streets as the new home of its popular School of Social
Work, and the Centre for Executive and Professional Development (CEPE).
A feasibility study was completed by CS&P Architects to reimagine the
property for the University of Windsor, and as a result, the Board of
Governors voted in favour of the purchase on November 22, 2011. The
announcement was made today by Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and
Vice-Chancellor, during his keynote address at the annual general
meeting of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"The purchase of the Windsor Star property is the first step in the
University of Windsor's plan to transform the landscape of our campus
to more firmly anchor our commitment to being a student-centred
university. This acquisition is part of the broader vision to support
the priorities identified in our strategic plan with capital projects.
Our campus will change dramatically as opportunities are identified and
new construction replaces out-dated facilities that no longer align
with the vision for our institution," said Wildeman.
Some of the other changes identified in the master plan include the need
for a centralized welcome centre, a consolidation of student services
into one building, a new home for the bookstore, reconstructing the
south wing of Essex Hall and finalizing plans for an Innovation Centre
combined with a new parking structure at the corner of Wyandotte and
The potential purchase of the Windsor Star property was first announced
on May 30, 2011 with the news that the university would relocate its
Music and Visual Arts programs, and Film Production to the Armouries
building in downtown Windsor thanks to the City of Windsor's capital
donation in addition to $10 million in funding, and the provincial
government's contribution of $15 million.
The School of Social Work is comprised of approximately 830 students,
faculty and staff who currently work with several agencies downtown.
Dr. Wildeman explained why this program will need to be relocated as
part of the master plan, "Moving the social work program downtown
presents an opportunity to significantly broaden the bandwidth between
important academic programming and the needs of our community." He also
noted the central location of the Windsor Star building between St.
Clair College's Centre for the Arts and its Mediaplex building as an
opportunity to create synergies between the two institutions.
The CEPE is already located downtown at 245 Ouellette, servicing
individuals and organizations with degree programs and professional
development workshops. Consolidating this centre with the School of
Social Work will allow for a greater number of shared services and
facilities to enhance the students' experience.
Architectural designs for the new Social Work and CEPE facility, and the
Armouries and will be released in the months to come.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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