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Liberty University began demolition Thursday on one of its oldest residence halls, bidding farewell to an important part of its history, but elevating the quality of campus life for students by kicking off a massive housing project that calls for an eight-story high-rise residence tower.
The one-story, 24-room Dorm 4 building opened in spring 1978 and has housed male students ever since. Mark Hine, senior vice president of Student Affairs and a Liberty alumnus, was among the first to live in the building, serving as a resident assistant his senior year. On Thursday, he toured his old residence before demolition began.
“The building was brand new. The furniture was brand new. They were exciting times for Liberty as we watched the halls go up,” Hine recalled. “It’s kind of neat to stand here (in his old room) and come back to my roots.”
Only meant to be temporary buildings when they were constructed in the 1970s, the 16 “Circle” residence halls have long outlived their purpose and will all eventually be torn down as Liberty continues its quarter-of-a-billion dollar campus transformation.
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