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Renovations will give students more hangout space

July 11, 2008 : Teresa Dunham

An authentic coffeehouse environment is coming to Campus North this fall.

A new Student Union area will include a stage, couches, tables, a few televisions and other furnishings for a large but cozy hang-out space. The space will have a similar feel to Thomas Road Baptist Church’s Main Street area.

“[It’s] a place that you can go between classes and connect wirelessly, kick back in a couch, get a cup of coffee, and do some homework or surf the web,” said Charles Spence, LU’s director of planning and new construction.

By night, the space will transform into an entertainment venue for Christian comedians and musicians, as well as an occasional spot for karaoke or a movie.

“It’s very conveniently located where it can be accessed from the LaHaye Student Center, as well as from the main corridor that connects main campus and Campus North, just off the main campus,” said Spence.

Construction started in May, and if all goes as planned, Spence said the lounge should be ready by late September.

This is a project that chancellor Jerry Jr. and wife Becki Falwell have long anticipated, Spence said.

“They’re really the ones driving this project home.”