New University of Windsor Welcome Centre is all glass and curves

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Windsor Star/Craig Pearson

The University of Windsor has a stylish new way to welcome visitors, thanks to an $8.4-million building that’s all glass, curves and a tremendous view.

The Stephen and Vicki Adams Welcome Centre — named after the couple who donated $2 million to the school to help make the project happen — officially opened Friday with a look to the future as well as the past.

“It just makes me feel good,” said Stephen Adams, standing in the modern grand entrance room that bathes in natural light. “I grew up in Windsor, just down the street from here. It’s a dream come true.

“It brings up so many memories.”

Adams made his fortune in oil, gas and real estate in Calgary but never forgot the home town he left in 1973. In fact, more than 30 members of the family Adams — some at the Welcome Centre opening — have graduated from Assumption College or the University of Windsor.

“It looks beautiful. It’s a magnificent building,” said Adams, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science at the school. “I just love the open concept.”

Glass walls inside and out offer a 360-degree view of the campus, on the northeast corner of Wyandotte Street West and Patricia Road.

Besides money, the Adamses donated 18 works of art, including a white sculpture called Leda of a woman and a swan by Stephen’s sister Sue. They have pledged to donate 48 more works of art in their wills.

University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman thinks the plentiful art complements the flowing lines of the building.

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