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Abilene Christian University Hunter Welcome Center

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Owner: Abilene Christian Universtiy

The ACU Hunter Welcome Center was built with prospective students and their families in mind.  This highly visible, attractive and accessible facility houses Admissions, Alumni Relations, and other university outreach departments.  

The 57,000 square foot $15.7 million dollar welcome center was architecturally designed to mirror elements of both the Williams Performing Arts Center and the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.  Together, the three facilities anchor the east entrance to campus.  

The center is also home to the Center for Building Community, and has meeting facilities for use by campus groups as well as the Abilene Community.  

The building includes a full-service kitchen, coffee bar, 48 seat theatre, offices, conference rooms, and a specially designed "Hall of Honor", which holds significant meaning to the university.  

Architect: The Tittle Luther Partnership

Special Feature - Rich Welcome Plaza and Labyrinth

Created in honor of ACU alumni Kenneth and Virginia Rich, the labyrinth is a quiet place where people can go to enjoy the outdoors and take time to reflect.  

It is constructed of limestone and granite, and is a replica of a labyrinth within the Chartres, France Cathederal.  The classic design is meant to represent the Christian walk, demonstrating the path between Earth and Heaven and the twists and turns of life.  The completed labyrinth is approximately 45 feet in diameter, and includes 11 circuits.  The intended path is explained on a plaque located at the entrance to the labyrinth.  Walking the full length of the path is equivalent to traveling 630 feet or approximately three football fields.  Words are engraved throughout the limestone path to encourage walkers to reflect on their spiritual walk with God.  

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