New Inman Admissions Welcome Center topped with cupola

The Inman Admissions Welcome Center will be the crown jewel of a campus visit experience for generations of Elon University students and their families.

Construction on the Inman Admissions Welcome Center is due to be completed this winter.
Crews placed the cupola atop the building over the course of three days.
The cupola consists of three different parts.
The facility soon to be known as “the front door to Elon University” was topped with a new cupola this week as construction continues on the Inman Admissions Welcome Center.

Crews placed the 35-foot-tall cupola custom made by Wilson Composites on the building over the course of three days. It consists of a 3,000-pound base, a 2,700-pound midsection and a dome that weighs less than 500 pounds. It will be capped with a lightning rod.

This is the latest step forward for a project that is due to be completed this winter. Named for trustee William J. Inman and his wife, Patricia “Pat” Inman, the two-story, 32,000-square-foot building will complete a landscaped quadrangle formed by the admissions center, Moseley Center, Belk Library and North O’Kelly Avenue. It will house under one roof admissions staff, financial planning staff and welcome center staff, with a two-story lobby and atrium, conference rooms, two presentation theaters and office suites.

“The Inman Admissions Welcome Center will be the front door to Elon University, a place where high school students will begin their path to becoming proud Elon alumni,” said Greg Zaiser, the university’s vice president of admissions and financial planning, during the project’s 2013 groundbreaking ceremony.

The Inmans have been longtime supporters of Elon. The experiences of their daughter, Jacklyn Inman ‘00, inspired their continued involvement at the university. In addition to annual contributions for the university’s greatest needs and the Phoenix Club, the Inmans have supported construction of Rhodes Stadium, the Koury Business Center, the Numen Lumen Pavilion and Lindner Hall.

The atrium in the Koury Business Center is named in their honor, as is the Inman Reading Room on the first floor of Lindner Hall in the Academic Village.