On September 1, 2009, the new Welcome Centre at the University of Manitoba officially threw its doors open at the Fort Garry Campus.
President David Barnard and vice-president (admin) Debbie McCallum were joined by Marilyn Brick, MLA for St. Norbert, Sid Rashid, president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union, Rod Bruinooge, MP for Winnipeg South, Norma Carswell, Manager of Parking and Shuttle Services and Linda Lavallee, Head of Security Services where they formally set the “welcome mat” after a short ceremony.
The previous Visitor Centre—which was torn down to accommodate the new Welcome Centre—served as the first point of contact for visitors to campus. The new building is so much more; more than 10,000 square feet of space allow for the centralization of all operations related to Parking and Shuttle Services, Guest and Visitor Services, and Security Services. Previously, all three departments operated out of different locations, so amalgamating them all under one roof will allow for more efficient public service and enhanced communication between the departments in a safe and welcoming environment.
Upon entering the Welcome Centre, you are graced with a tower of glass, allowing natural light to flow brilliantly in to the large lobby. The natural light takes over as you become immersed in the beauty of the structure.
Once inside, the University of Manitoba crest greets you, standing out from a stunning red wall.
The $7.3 million facility includes major IT development and related infrastructure costs for state-of-the-art CCTV camera and monitoring systems, particularly needed for Security Services operations.
"This architectural showpiece is not only striking, it will function as a true welcome centre," said Barnard. "It will act as a central point of contact for visitors to our campus, its staff providing information about the University, giving parking directions and addressing safety concerns."