With more than $500 million dedicated to rebuilding Liberty University’s campus, the architectural landscape of the school seems to be changing daily.
After opening the new Jerry Falwell Library this semester, Liberty is looking ahead to finishing several more landmarks on the way to completing its master plan.
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President Jerry Falwell recently made the first test drive through a new vehicular tunnel that will greatly improve traffic flow onto campus. The four-lane tunnel (two lanes each way) runs under railroad tracks and will be open in time for Commencement Weekend. The tunnel will empty onto campus near a 1,400-space parking garage, currently under construction. Seven to 10 loads of precast concrete for the garage are being delivered and erected every day, and the project is expected to be complete in time for the Fall 2014 semester. As part of a larger transportation effort, Liberty is also renovating its road system. Regents Parkway, the main perimeter road, has been realigned. Sidewalks will be added this summer along the road and through the tunnel for pedestrian safety.
The 4-story, 140,000-square-foot facility nearing completion will include a medical clinic, research center, and labs. The facility will welcome the inaugural class of Liberty’s College of Osteopathic Medicine for the Fall 2014 semester.
Renovations to existing workout space as well as a 67,000-square-foot addition to Liberty’s primary exercise facility will be ready for use in the fall. Along with tripling the amount of cardio and weight equipment, the building will feature a 40-foot rock wall, elevated indoor track, and racquetball courts.
Liberty’s first high-rise residence hall will become home to more than 1,200 students in the fall. Each floor will have common areas for studying, meetings, and social events. More high-rise residence halls are planned as part of a new Residential Commons.
Mirroring many features of Liberty’s new baseball stadium, a new softball stadium is scheduled to open in Fall 2014. Liberty will also complete work on a golf clubhouse this summer.
This summer, the university will begin tearing down the temporary, one-story academic buildings behind DeMoss Hall. This will allow Liberty to build a new Academic Commons which will include music and science buildings, as well as an expansion to DeMoss Hall.
Liberty recently broke ground on its Center for Music and the Worship Arts, which will feature a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium. The educational wing of the 140,000-square-foot structure will be ready by the Fall 2015 semester with the auditorium available later that semester.
Adjacent to the center will be a new Science Hall, which is currently under construction. The 121,000-square-foot building will span 4 stories and triple the size of the previous science building. It is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2015.
View regularly updated construction photos and live webcams at www.Liberty.edu/LiveCams.
View Liberty’s Master Plan and learn more about ongoing and future projects at www.Liberty.edu/MasterPlan.