University of Kansas Jayhawk Welcome Center – Project in Progress

Project Case Study
College recruiting has gone to the next level with the new Jayhawk Welcome Center at the University of Kansas. Filled with high-tech displays and interactive exhibits, the modern glass-clad structure sits adjacent to the Adams Alumni Center in the heart of campus along Oread Avenue.


University of Kansas Alumni Association


Building Information Modeling
Collaborative Delivery


Lawrence, KS

Client Testimonial

Hear it for yourself

“When I think about Helix Architecture, McCownGordon and Dimensional Innovations, that trio of partners have really helped us through the innovative aspects of this facility and every single detail that is going to create the best first impression in the entire country for a campus visit. It’s about recruiting the next generation of KU students. 15-20 years from now when we look back at the Welcome Center I think it will be an invaluable resource for KU. ”

 – Heath Peterson | President, University of Kansas Alumni Association 

A photo of the windows in the interior of the Jayhawk Welcome Center

The new Welcome Center’s modern design will engage the younger generation helping the university attract the best and brightest in the ever-competitive recruiting race. Potential students are greeted in Traditions Hall, which features a variety of interactive displays and selfie stations that help paint a picture of what being a Jayhawk can be like.

The west exterior’s metal fabric fins functionally act as sunscreens, but architecturally represent rural Kansas’ iconic wheat stalks. The Welcome Center also includes a large lobby, multiple event and presentation spaces and a catering kitchen that can accommodate 200 guests. In addition to the new structure, the team is completing multiple renovations at the adjoining Adams Alumni Center.


A photo of the windows lookin gout onto Oread Avenue at the Jayhawk Welcome Center that is being built by McCownGordon Construction
The exterior of the Jayhawk Welcome Center right next to the Adams Alumni Center