Work is underway to transform the front entrance of the Human Kinetics Building into an inclusive and welcoming space for all.
The project was boosted by $722,800 from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, which supports projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities, says Kaye Johnson, executive director of the UWindsor Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility.
“This support has allowed us to embark on a remarkable journey towards creating an entrance that not only grants access to all individuals, but also enhances their overall experience arriving on campus,” she says.
“It will serve as a visible testament to our unwavering dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for our students, staff, faculty, visitors, guests, and the entire community.”
The total cost of the project, expected to be complete this fall, is estimated at $2 million.
Its features include an accessible ramp structure with resting areas, benches, recessed lighting, light posts, and a snow melting system to keep the surfaces safe during inclement weather. New stairs will meet accessibility standards and provide options for users. The entrance will have four new doors equipped with push button actuators and guardrails
Linda Rohr, dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics, calls it “a difference maker” for students and the community: “I rarely like to comment on behalf of everyone, but I am confident everyone is beyond excited about this project.”