Baylor University broke ground in February of 2020 on the $60 million Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center in Waco, Texas. Designed by Populous, the 120,000-sf complex will be a vibrant campus hub for academic, cultural, social, and alumni activities. Acting as the front door to the university, the project will include an expansive grand hall with interactive digital technologies to engage prospective students and their families, as well as a suspended 250-seat auditorium, an admissions center, a restaurant, and administrative offices for the Baylor Alumni Network. A ballroom capable of seating 1,000 people will provide a flexible event venue that can be converted into smaller meeting spaces. A central green with a pavilion will also be constructed.