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Returning students will find Liberty’s campus to be quite different from when they left it. The university is currently in the midst of a $500 million campus rebuilding that includes several new structures and many upgrades to its academic, athletic, and recreational facilities. As the Fall 2014 semester gets underway, several projects are being completed while others continue to take shape.
This time-lapse video gives a brief overview of some of the construction projects in progress at the end of July.
The most visible addition to Liberty’s campus is a nine-story residence hall, which will house about 1,200 students. Each bedroom has two beds and a bathroom, and each floor features large common areas for hanging out or studying. This is the first residence hall in Liberty’s new Residential Commons, which will replace dorms that were built in the 1970s and intended to only be temporary.
A much-anticipated 1,400-space parking garage will open along Regents Parkway, campus’ main perimeter road, near the new vehicular tunnel. The parking garage, along with upgrades to the road, will improve safety and lessen congestion on campus.
The new Center for Medical and Health Sciences is now complete and ready for the College of Osteopathic Medicine to welcome its first class of medical students. Classes begin on Aug. 4. The more than $40 million facility includes a spacious research library, a 5,300-square-foot Anatomy Lab, a 5,000-square-foot Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Lab, and a Center for Standardized Patients and Simulation that provides hands-on, active learning opportunities in rooms that simulate real-life settings, including operating rooms, emergency rooms, an intensive care unit (ICU), and birthing suites. A dedication is planned for Aug. 22.
Over the past year, Liberty’s primary workout facility, the LaHaye Student Union, has undergone a multi-million-dollar expansion. The existing 19,000-square-foot space has been renovated, and a 66,000-square-foot addition features a panoramic view of Liberty Mountain. The upgraded facility will be outfitted with $1 million in new cardio and weight equipment, racquetball courts, an elevated indoor track, a 40-foot rock wall, and more multipurpose rooms. A grand opening is planned for Aug. 14.
Liberty has revamped its on-campus dining service, including a renovation of its main eating location, the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. The redesign will increase the dining stations from nine to 14, each with at least two entry points for customers. New stations include a wellness serving area and a training table designed specifically for athletes, featuring high-protein foods and steamed vegetables. A new beverage station will include smoothies among its options, and there will also be a home-style barbeque area.
The Tilley Student Center is being renovated to include more dining options, including an Italian serving station and a smoothie bar.
Renovations have also been made to Doc’s Diner, which will now feature drive-through and call-ahead orders. The East Campus restaurant will also have an updated menu, including healthy, gluten-free options.
Read more about these dining changes in the Summer 2014 issue of the Liberty Journal.
Throughout the school year, students and campus visitors will be able to watch more projects take shape, including the new Science Hall, the Center for Music and the Worship Arts, and a new student center at DeMoss Hall. In addition to these larger building projects, Liberty is making significant improvements to existing facilities that will enhance both the university's Club Sports and Athletics programs, as well as Campus Recreation for all students.
View our Campus Improvements page to see live construction cams of various building projects going on now.