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Baylor University, Hurd Welcome Center


This landmark building serves as a new home to Baylor University’s board of regents, admissions office, spirit shop, and event center. University officials wanted a space to support meaningful engagement opportunities that advance the university's work and strengthen its community partnerships. The special events facility features an interactive exhibit where visitors can learn about Baylor's past, present, and future. It also offers spaces like the alumni front porch for visitors to enjoy vibrant alumni, academic, and student life activities.

The focal point of the Hurd Welcome Center is the 70-foot-tall Grand Hall with four light pillars that extend through the roof to a height of 96 feet. The exterior of the building is comprised of glass, masonry, and metal panels. Interactive technology equipment within the Grand Hall creates an immersive experience for visitors.

The building also features a 250-seat auditorium cantilevered out of the back of the building's second floor, a ballroom, a large indoor event space with an associated catering kitchen, and office space for university operations.

Project Details

ClientBaylor University

Architect: Populous

Location: Waco, TX

Delivery: Construction Manager-at-Risk

Status: In Progress

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