Wake Forest University, Welcome Center

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University’s (WFU) Admissions Offices, formerly situated in Starling Hall, doubled the number of applications received within the past 10 years, quickly outgrowing its available space.

With applications at the university on the rise and enrollment increasing, the architect was urged to "revere ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$329.11FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio revise," and create a new Welcome Center to accommodate growth. This facility was to revere the Georgian Revival style of the campus, while taking advantage of modern materials and respecting the environment. A great amount of attention was paid to the first impression students and parents would get upon arrival, including the entry sequence and "feeling" provided in the public areas.

The building primarily serves the Office of Admissions, which holds information sessions year-round to prospective students and their families, and conducts interviews and leads tours as part of the application process. For these visitor functions, an auditorium and large meeting room are included, along with interview rooms, waiting areas and visitor support spaces. The building is tracking to receive LEED gold certification, reflecting WFU’s commitment to its environmental impact.