Topping Out Celebration at UNC Pembroke’s West Hall

Taking A Little Bit of History into the Future for UNC Pembroke Students

Setting the final beam on a construction project is an old Scandinavian tradition and has been celebrated for centuries.  The tradition was also popular in the 1800’s when farmers would “raise the roof” for barns and new homes on their farms and homesteads.   Tradition is alive and well on the campus of UNC Pembroke.  West Hall was once home to thousands of freshmen living on campus and so many have gone through those doors to do many successful ventures, including our own Aaron Thomas who lived there as a freshman.  

The plans for the new West Hall will be home to innovation and technology for the faculty and students, as they launch the new Online Study initiative.  The IT Department and other faculty offices will also be located here.   Designed by Jenkins Peer Architects, the new and improved West Hall boasts high open ceilings, exposed beams and collaborative gathering spaces, larger classrooms, and meeting areas. 

The renovation has taken the building back to the bare bones still preserving the exterior brick that is iconic to campus.  

Rendering courtesy of Jenkins Peer