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LaHaye Student Union Expansion - The 66,000-square-foot addition and 19,000-square-foot renovation to the LaHaye Student Union will greatly expand cardio exercise, weight room, and multipurpose areas, as well as locker room space. The project is expected to be completed by Fall 2014.
School of Music - Two linked 4-
Olympic Sports Complex - This new multipurpose athletic complex will be built near U.S. 460 at the north end of East Campus. It will include an Olympic-
Prayer/Wedding Chapel - A new prayer chapel is being planned near the south residential quad. Seating about 225, the new chapel will not only be a place for students, faculty, and staff to pray daily, but will also become an additional venue for weddings, which could be held inside or outside under an atrium. There is no expected start date for this project, but planners hope to have it constructed within the next three years.
School of Aeronautics Hangar -
A new hangar at the Liberty University School of Aeronautics facility at Lynchburg Regional Airport is being built to allow pilots to take advantage of new ramp space currently being constructed there. The 100-by-140 hangar will be used by the school for a variety of purposes, including storing aircraft and maintenance operations. It will also benefit Freedom Aviation, the flight operations center and aviation business used by the SOA.
NCAA Softball Stadium - A new NCAA-regulation softball field is under construction at the site of the old baseball field by Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. The facility will include locker rooms and plenty of stands for spectators.
DeMoss Hall Expansion - Serving as Liberty’s main academic building since the 1980s, DeMoss Hall will be expanded to provide more student lounge space and a food court. This 3-level, 40,000-square-foot campus center will be built onto the back of the building once the School of Music and Science Hall are complete.
New Residential Commons - The first of six new residence halls being built at the site of the former Champion Circle residential area is under construction. The 9-story tower is expected to be completed in time for the 2014-15 school year. It will provide 1,200 beds, enough to replace all 16 of the original halls built there in the 1970s.
Liberty Mountain Projects - Liberty’s expansive mountain property, extending into Campbell County, lends itself to a variety of recreational opportunities. Morris Campus Garden includes greenhouses where students can participate in growing their own produce. A high-tech observatory for stargazing, with as many as six research-quality telescopes, including a 24-inch main scope, is also under construction for recreational and academic use. A new clubhouse for Liberty’s NCAA golf team is being built near the Equestrian Center and motocross track.
Science Hall - The new, 4-story Science Hall spanning 110,000-plus square feet will more than triple the size of the university’s previous science building. Work is already underway and is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.
Athletic Practice Facility - A new indoor practice facility is being planned at the site of the former David’s Place parking lot, behind the new baseball stadium and outdoor track. It will include a weight room and training room for all NCAA sports located in the athletics corridor — baseball, football, outdoor track, and soccer.
Vehicular Tunnels - Currently under construction on the west side of campus, a four-lane tunnel under the railroad tracks will connect Regents Parkway, Liberty’s perimeter road, to Wards Road, emptying into an intersection near Harvard Street. It is expected to be operational by the end of the year and fully complete by 2014.
Football Stadium Expansion - Future plans call for an expansion to the student section (east side) of Williams Stadium, bringing seating capacity to 25,000.
Parking Garage - A new parking garage for commuter students is underway at the site of the old baseball stadium. Proposals call for a 5-level garage that will hold more than 1,400 vehicles. Liberty has not been able to plan a parking garage on main campus in the past due to the road system being inadequate to handle the traffic flow it would generate. The new vehicular tunnel at Wards Road will now make the garage possible, as well as a four-lane road running from the tunnel to Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Graduate Campus - The new Center for Medical and Health Sciences, now under construction, will be the first building on Liberty’s new professional/graduate campus. Administrators are considering new academic buildings at the Campbell County site for Liberty’s graduate programs, including the A.W. and Lois Overton Graduate School of Business, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, and Liberty University School of Law. Nearby off-campus housing is also being planned.
Center for Medical and Health Sciences - The 140,000-square-foot, 4-story facility will house the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Health Sciences’ Master of Public Health program and administrative offices. Expected to be completed by Spring 2014, the program will matriculate its first class of osteopathic medical students in Fall 2014.