Windsor, ON





Amico was the design-builder and site works contractor for the new construction of the Welcome Centre – an iconic gateway building that will become the front door and ‘address’ for the university. Located at the southern edge of the campus at the corner of Wyandotte Street and Patricia Avenue, the building is visible from every angle and accessible from multiple campus routes. Distinguished by a light and gently arcing ribbon of milky glass that weaves its way around the site, the building is a beacon within the landscape forming a lively backdrop for campus activities, inviting a feeling of openness, giving visitors 360 degree views of the surrounding campus.

The project required the management of a diverse group of stakeholder interests, including University officials, consultants, students, the City of Windsor, utilities agencies, and adjacent businesses. The collaborative approach developed between Amico and the design consultants resulted in the building being turned over to the University one month ahead of schedule, minimizing impacts on students and adjacent businesses throughout its construction.

Welcome Centre Main Floor view # 1
Welcome Centre from 2nd floor view #4
Conference Room
Welcome Centre from 2nd floor view #4
The Welcome Centre will be the address that captures the lifelong University of Windsor experience, from prospective students through to alumni. It will be a place from which we tell the stories about the education and scholarly pursuits found at our University, those things for which we are all proud.
Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Windsor.
“Amico’s integrated approach and commitment to this project (The University of Windsor Welcome Centre) enabled us to stretch the limits of design, while still remaining within the clients intended budget. I believe we would have been hard pressed to find similar value in other construction companies. Amico’s openbook approach and collaboration with both the design consultants and the key subtrades truly enabled results during value engineering.”
Siamak Hariri, Founding Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects.