Wake Forest University, Welcome Center

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University Admissions, formerly situated in Starling Hall, doubled the number of applications received in the past 10 years and outgrew its available space.

With the number of applications and enrollment expected to increase, the architect was charged with creating a new Welcome Center to accommodate growth. This ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$329.11FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYWelcome Centers 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 have upon arrival, including the entry sequence and "feeling" provided in the public areas.

The primary function of the building is to serve 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 project received LEED gold certification, reflecting the university’s commitment to its environmental impact.