The Numen Lumen Pavilion is the ﬁnal building in Elon University’s Academic Village. The LEED registered project has a Silver certiﬁcation, supporting the University’s Green Building Policy. The structural addition is in the heart of an active campus, adjacent to the occupied Phi Beta Kappa Plaza and administrative buildings, so planning and safety measures are paramount.
The two-story building features a circular sacred space adjoined by a multi-purpose room, meditation room, classroom, as well as meeting and study spaces. A large multi-purpose room and kitchen provides student organizations with space for weekly observances, programs and meals. The center also houses relocated ofﬁces of the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, which supports scholarly activity, interdisciplinary seminars and distinguished visiting faculty.
A number of the Center’s interior furnishing are made from trees that once stood on the construction site. Additional interior details include slate tile, as well as wood and carpet ﬂooring. Construction consists of concrete foundations and steel framing. Metal stud wall with brick façade complements the surrounding buildings within the quad. Exterior details include a shingled roof system over metal trusses and a copper-roofed rotunda.
Elon’s motto, Numen Lumen, is Latin for “spiritual light” and “intellectual light.” The Numen Lumen Pavilion is a place for prayer, meditation and reﬂection. This multi-faith center is meant to encourage campus dialogue and promote interfaith collaboration.