Starting with the tearing down of The Pendulum, construction begins on new bookstore

Jack Dodson/The Pendulum


As bricks and glass came down on the old site of The Pendulum office on Williamson Avenue in Elon, students gathered to take photos and video of the destruction. A bulldozer rolled up on top of the building, pulling at walls until they came down.

The move to tear down the building, which until late last year housed the student newspaper, came as a part of the school’s 10-year strategic plan, The Elon Commitment. According to administration officials, the site will be a three-story building that will be the new home of the campus store. The Pendulum has been in talks to relocate to the top floor when the new building is constructed.

“It’s a mixed emotion,” said editor-in-chief Anna Johnson. “You’re sad to see it come down because of all the great memories you’ve had in there, but

you have to look on the bright side that you’ll be moving into a new building.”

The Pendulum moved from its old building to McEwen 009 in December, renovating an unoccupied room in the School of Communications’ basement to serve as a new home. The organization was offered a house on College Avenue by university officials when they were first told in November that they would have to leave the office on Williamson Avenue, but they chose to move to McEwen.

Bricks and cinderblocks lay where the future Elon Town Center will be. Photo by Jack Dodson.

“It’s been stressful just because I think it’s been difficult for the staff to adjust to a new location, and it’s not as exciting for them. Hopefully it’s just for a semester,” Johnson said.

Ken Mullen, the assistant vice president for business and finance, said the deconstruction of

the office was being handled by John McDonald, owner of EDG Property, LLC, the building’s developer. The building, though, represents a part of a larger plan, The Elon Commitment, aimed at bringing more businesses to the downtown. The plan is being developed along with the Town of Elon, and Mullen meets regularly with Town Manager Mike Dula and Board of Aldermen members Mark Greene and Davis Montgomery.

“(Downtown development’s) a goal we have jointly with the town,” Mullen said.

The new building going up on Williamson Avenue that will replace the old Pendulum building.

He said the plan involves looking for other places than just campus to strengthen community for students, faculty and staff.

“We’re working with some folks to try to get more teants down there, and of course that’s the ultimate goal. it’s a matter of working with venodrs to try to bring them down there and entice them, try to bring some vibrancy to the downtown area.”

For Robert Buchholz, the director of Elon’s Physical plant, the construction involved in the strategic plan means more development downtown and a more services locally. But it also means more work with more buildings, as the strategic plan seeks to add numerous buildings to campus, including residence halls and a convocation center.

“We’re at 2 million square feet, and we’re going to grow to 3 million square feet, and those building’s have to be maintained,” Buchholz said.

Buchholz said there will be a few more hires in housekeeping and other services to make sure physical plant workers can keep up with more buildings.

Note: Mullen and Buchholz were interviewed after this article originally appeared. Buchholz’s name was spelled wrong in an earlier version.

Related Article: Plans for downtown Elon building delayed, construction set to begin by end of month


One thought on “Starting with the tearing down of The Pendulum, construction begins on new bookstore

  1. It will be interesting to see how you top Feb. 7 or if you can top Feb. 7 in regard to reporting output in one day. Your experience shows in the way you handled basically tackling four stories in about three or four hours, including shooting the video at the building demolition and making the multimedia piece for The Pendulum. It’s great experience to try to push out this much work and do it professionally and accurately. Kudos to you for your attention to the importance of the photos and video and the captions and links and other elements that create points of entry for your audience. Really great work! You’re not done yet, though, because you need to sit down with a good copy editor and learn about all of the mistakes you made here and there in how the pieces are assembled – not only the AP Style stuff but in regard to grammar mechanics and some points of composition. And – drum roll – you spelled at least one name incorrectly in the four pieces – a cardinal sin generally worthy of a failing grade on an assignment in any reporting course. Elon’s physical plant director is Robert Buchholz, not Buccholz. Overall, though, GREAT HUSTLE! I looked out the window while the demolition was going on, and I saw you out there working. You also captured a lot of good details in the advance stories earlier in the day. All of these will be better portfolio pieces if you go through and edit (there are obvious things, like the missing “i” in the word “begin” in the caption you put under the video just above this comment, and many things you need to learn) and also find keywords and provide tags for all of these stories.

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