Walking to the elevator was Apex High School graduate Lane Shoffner, his dad, Dave, mom Kate and younger sister Julia.
“It’s still got that new hall smell,” said Dave Shoffner as he pushed a loaded hand cart.
“We had seen it under construction at orientation and seeing it finished is amazing,” said Lane, a freshman. “I’m overwhelmingly excited and feeling very lucky to be here.”
Gateway “has beautiful amenities,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Virginia Hardy said at a morning news conference held in the courtyard outside the new residence halls, which will house 732 students.