crane lifting concrete slabs on construction siteWith foundations laid, the walls are rising on the new student residence on Sunset Avenue.

Construction setting solid foundation for student housing

One year after breaking ground on a residence on Sunset Avenue, the University is making major progress toward meeting the need for student housing, says Gillian Heisz, vice-president of finance and operations.

“Every time you go by that site, you can see we’re getting closer to completion,” she says. “The building will help transform the housing landscape in Windsor.”

The six-storey student residence will feature 452 beds, six community lounges, a house lounge, shared laundry facility, and a 275-seat food hall.

Located on Sunset Avenue between Wyandotte and Union streets, the project is the result of a public-private partnership with Tilbury Capital, a real estate investment and development firm.

Michael Kaye, a partner with the company, says the construction is progressing as planned with structural work underway.

“We have poured about 2,100 cubic metres of concrete for the foundations and another 500 cubic metres for the slab on grade,” he says. “Now even casual observers will be able to see a difference week-to-week as the above-grade work starts to rise.”

The building will have an immediate impact when it begins to welcome residents in Fall 2025, says Heisz.

“Adding this state-of-the-art residence to our existing campus accommodations will make a huge difference for our students, but also across the entire local rental market,” she says. “We are proud to help do our part by presenting this wonderful, welcoming option to new Lancers.”

To learn more and view renderings of the new residence, visit

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