Winter 2017-18 Campus Updates

December 20, 2017
WPU is a work in progress.

It’s been a busy fall for WPU, and an even bigger winter is on tap. Renovations are coming to Main Lobby, along with the patio space outside of Belk Dining Hall, and even campus parking.


Belk Dining Hall will now feature outdoor patio seating
Belk Dining Hall will now feature outdoor patio seating

The University is constructing a patio space outside of Belk Dining Hall, signifying completion of the continued Belk renovation project that first began this past summer. Belk second floor experienced a complete overhaul to a 24-hour student space called the Pacer Hub, and now includes a full-service Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe. This past fall, a game room and recreation space was also built on the first floor which houses a pool table, ping pong table, plush seating, and flat-screen televisions. The 2017 Student Government Association partially funded the project.

This latest patio project will further enhance the student experience and includes continuing ADA improvements to campus. Construction is expected to end mid-January.

Main Building Entrance

Main Lobby will experience dramatic renovations over the holiday break, which will improve spaces from wing to wing. New flooring will be installed, which will feature the University Seal upon entrance to the building, along with new lighting, a historical Peace timeline and new paint.

The project was made possible by a donor and will be completed in two phases:

  • 1st Phase: Expected to be completed by mid-January
  • 2nd Phase: Expected to be completed by the end of the spring semester

Work will extend the width of Main to the west wing, where the Business Office is located. Work will not affect student housing.


Visitor parking improvements will occur on both sides of front campus (Finch Library side and Kenan side). Changes will feature continued ADA improvements and is expected to be completed by mid-January.

A new traffic flow will also be implemented in the parking lot behind Hermann Athletic Center off Halifax Street. Traffic will now be one way and will enter off Halifax Street and exit on Franklin Street. Parallel parking spots will also be installed, along with new signage indicating traffic flow.

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