DailyNews Issue for Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014

Innovation Centre offers new space for student entrepreneurs

collaborative work spaceThe Innovation Centre opening this fall will offer new collaborative work spaces through the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre).

The University of Windsor’s new Innovation Centre will open this fall, enhancing the student experience by offering new collaborative work spaces through the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre).

The Board of Governors approved at its April 22 meeting a $4.1 million budget to finish the interior of the Innovation Centre, which will house 9,100 square feet of accelerator space on the second floor for collaboration and individual work areas for student entrepreneurs.

The project also includes completing interior space for Campus Community Police and Parking Services, the Institute for Border Logistics and Security, and office space for Research and Innovation Services. Windsor Family Credit Union will also lease space in the centre and will complete its renovations by the fall.

The new accelerator space will complement the services offered by the EPICentre which the Odette School of Business opened last fall, to support the entrepreneurial spirit of students with joint ventures in the region. Working with partners such as Windsor Law and the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation, the EPICentre hosts workshops, consulting services, guest speakers, funding competitions and startup weekends for budding entrepreneurs. The new accelerator space will be jointly managed by the Odette School of Business and the Office of Research and Innovation Services.

The Innovation Centre will significantly enhance the University of Windsor’s ability to support student entrepreneurs and help drive the future economy, said UWindsor president Alan Wildeman.

“Across our campus there are students with creative ideas about new business ventures and start-up companies, and we will now be in a much better position to be able to support them,” he said. “Making the most of its strategic location next to the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, and across from the Odette School of Business, the Innovation Centre will be a unique address for innovation in the region.”

The Innovation Centre offers a total of 39,000 square feet:

First floor

  • Campus Community Police and Parking Services: 4,800 square feet
  • Office of Research and Innovation Services: 3,800 square feet
  • Windsor Family Credit Union: 5,000 square feet
  • future lease space: 700 square feet
  • balance of first floor: common and collaborative open spaces, shipping and receiving

Second floor

  • EPICentre accelerator space: 9,100 square feet
  • The Institute for Border Logistics and Security: 4,550 square feet

The building is located in front of a seven-storey parking garage at the intersection of Wyandotte and California streets. The cost of constructing the garage and the shell of the Innovation Centre is $25.8 million. Newton Parking Systems constructed both facilities with partners MMMC Architects. The interior design has been developed with Mayhew & Associates, who are experienced with the design of accelerator spaces. The contract for the completion of the interior has yet to be awarded.









Armouries redevelopment project receives $32.6 million approval

Visions for the north entrance to the Armouries include signage acknowledging the building’s storied past.Visions for the north entrance to the Armouries include signage acknowledging the building’s storied past.

The University of Windsor is set to begin the transformation of the historic Windsor Armouries into the new home for the School of Creative Arts. The Board of Governors approved a $32.6 million budget for the project at its meeting April 22.

The University will begin the process with the hiring of a construction manager to coordinate the complicated renovation of the existing 46,400 square foot property into a 66,000 square foot home for the combined programs of the School of Music, the School of Visual Arts and the new film production program.

The renovations will carefully preserve the heritage 1902 structure. Interior excavation will create an additional lower level, and enable underpinning and shoring of the foundation. A second floor will be constructed and a smaller third floor will provide space for building services. A partial demolition of the southern end of the building will allow for the addition of a 140-seat performance hall.

Other spaces will include classrooms, seminar and meeting and study rooms, computer facilities, practice studios, art and architecture studios, and offices for faculty and staff. Construction is slated to begin in June, with a plan to open for classes in the fall of 2016.

The final land transfer agreement with the City of Windsor is expected in the weeks ahead.

The majority of the funding for the project consists of the previously announced support of $15 million from the Ontario government and $10 million from the City of Windsor, in addition to the city’s donation of the building itself. The balance of the funds will come from other capital revenues and on-going fundraising efforts.

For the latest information about the University of Windsor’s expansion to the downtown core, visit www.uwindsor.ca/downtown.









Tuition fees to rise in accordance with provincial framework

Following the four-year tuition fee framework set by the provincial government in March 2013, the average annual tuition fee increase for all UWindsor students for the 2014/15 year will be capped at 3 percent. Tuition for domestic undergraduate students enrolled in business, engineering, computer science or law will increase to the maximum of 5 percent in the first two years and 4 percent in years three and four.

Domestic students enrolled in graduate programs in computer science, engineering, business administration, and social work programs will increase to the maximum of 5 percent in the first two years and 4 percent in years three and four. Other Masters qualifying programs will see a 3 percent increase in all four years, but there will be no increase in other Master’s candidate or PhD programs.

Ontario universities do not receive government grants for international students, therefore the provincial tuition framework does not apply to international tuition fees. Increases are determined based on the equivalent government and tuition fee revenue generated by domestic students, along with a careful competitive analysis, and consideration for market opportunities and recruitment strategies.

Undergraduate tuition fees for international students will increase within a range of 6 to 10 percent for the first year, and an increase of 5 percent for years two through four, depending on the program. Fees for international graduate students will increase in the first year between 4.9 and 9.6 percent, with an increase of 5 percent for subsequent years, based on the program.

The Board of Governors also approved increases in meal plan and residence fees at its April 22 meeting. See details of the 2014/15 fees in the schedules below:

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced its tuition framework in March 2013 to provide stability and predictability to the sector. While it caps the average annual increase at three percent, it allows flexibility for institutions within the overall increase.