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Located 3.4 miles south of Liberty University’s main campus adjacent to the Lynchburg Regional Airport, the Airport Academic Center is home to the School of Aeronautics. The Airport Academic Center is comprised of three buildings. The 45,000 square foot Flight Operations Center is where all in-flight training is conducted and all training aircraft are hangared and maintained. The 24,000 square foot Aviation Academic Center is where all aviation related academic classes are taught and all Flight Training Device lessons are flown. Additionally, the first floor is used by the Aviation Maintenance Technician School to teach the general portion of the FAA Aviation Mechanics Certificate. The third building is the 15,000 square foot Airframe and Powerplant building used by the Aviation Maintenance Technician School to teach FAA Airframe and Powerplant related academic and practical lessons leading to FAA licensure.
The Flames play NCAA Division I-AA Football on the FieldTurf of Williams Stadium named in honor of Art and Angela Williams, special friends of Liberty University and Flames Athletics.
In January 2010, construction began to expand the original 12,000-seat stadium, built in 1989, to increase seating capacity to 19,200. Completed for the beginning of the 2010 season, the expansion included a five-story football tower featuring a fourth-floor luxury suite concourse and a third-floor club pavilion. The Club Pavilion features an 11,000 square-foot hospitality room and outdoor club seating for 770. The new tower houses the Athletics Administrative offices and includes expanded concessions and restrooms, academic center, and media terrace. The tower stands 100-feet tall, and stretches from five-yard line to five-yard line, and is serviced by two elevator shafts.
The A. L. Williams Football Operations Center (FOC) was completed in August 2006. The three-story, 48,000-square foot building is located in the North End Zone at Williams Stadium.
The Football Operations Center houses specially-designed weight training equipment in a spacious weight ant conditioning area, team locker room, academic lab, equipment room and a cutting-edge athletic training facility.
The top floor of the FOC houses coaching staff and administrative offices, numerous video and conference rooms and a uniquely-designed viewing room that overlooks the North end zone.
The four-story Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center was originally constructed as a one-story building in 1985. The building is named for Art DeMoss, a former board member and generous benefactor of Liberty University. This facility was constructed to provide for the long-range needs of the campus. It is the focal point of the campus with nearly 500,000 square feet of academic space.
In June 2008, a fountain standing 19 feet tall and made of hand-carved marble from Italy was completed. The fountain was installed in honor of those donors who supported the expansion of DeMoss. Donors’ names will be added to the fountain which features three columns with water cascading from the tops of each. A cast-bronze eagle, Liberty's mascot, perches atop the tallest column.
A wall of names on the first floor of the DeMoss Learning Center honors more than 5,000 donors who supported the expansion of DeMoss to the four-story building, completed in 2000.
Scheduled to open fall 2013, the newly renovated Camp Hydaway on Liberty Mountain features a high and low ropes course, a zipline, new beach access for swimming, as well as, outdoor equipment rentals. Students will be able to check out items such as, canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, ATV’s, and fishing and camping gear.
The facility will have room for group meetings and events. The Student Activities department will host multiple Outdoor Recreational events throughout the school year.
Established in 1985, the Center for Creation Studies is an interdisciplinary education and research institute committed to the study of the origin of the universe, the earth, life, and species. This study draws upon knowledge from religion, science, philosophy, and history.
The Creation Hall Museum was dedicated in March 2010, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Liberty’s Center for Creation Studies. Located in the back hallway of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, the Creation Hall Museum displays relics of fossils and some of the evidences for Biblical Creation.
Located in DeMoss Learning Center, the Center for Judaic Studies opened in August 2008. The Executive Director of the Center, Dr. Randall Price, was invited in 2007, by Liberty’s Founder and Chancellor, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, to establish the Center. Dr. Falwell’s vision was to continue the recognition that Israel and the Jewish people were part of God’s future program and that the Christian response to this in the spiritual and political realm was essential to God’s present blessing.
The Center houses a dedicated library of primary, secondary, and periodical sources to serve the specialized needs of students and researchers in the fields of Jewish studies and biblical archaeology.
Currently under construction, this 138,000 square-foot, four-story building will house the College of Osteopathic Medicine and an expanded School of Health Sciences. It is expected to be completed by spring 2014.
Located on Sunnymeade Road, a 15-acre community garden with two greenhouses was presented as an idea in spring 2012 and came to fruition in spring 2013. Half of the crop will be used by cafeteria and the other half will be donated to local charities.
Opened in August 2011, the Cook Tennis Center is located adjacent to the Hershey-Esbenshade 12 championship tennis courts located at Liberty's Green Hall. The 2,500-square foot building houses two locker rooms, training and laundry rooms, a stringing room, four offices for coaches, a kitchen area, team room and a balcony that will overlook the tennis courts.
The lead gift for the Cook Tennis Center was provided by long-time University and Athletics supporters Sherwin and Lora Cook.
David’s Place is dedicated to the memory of David A. DeMoss, a gentle and loving young man who died tragically in an automobile accident in January 1988. Formerly Campus East Clubhouse, David’s Place provides students with a variety of activities that include a movie theater, heated outdoor pool and deck, computer lab and printing station, billiard tables, video games, flat screen televisions, foosball table and soft seating.
Located at East Campus, an 18-hole disc golf course opened during the Spring of 2010.
Doc’s Diner, constructed in 2008, overlooks Jerry Falwell Parkway (Route 460) on Campus East. Named in honor of Dr. Jerry Falwell, it is the newest campus dining facility. Expected to be a favorite among students, faculty and staff, Doc’s Diner is also open to the general public. The menu offers classic diner specialties and a 1940s era atmosphere that is both comfortable and fun.
Constructed in late 2011, this facility serves as the home for the Lady Flames Lacrosse and Field Hockey teams, Men’s Volleyball and Club Sports offices, as well as an intramural facility. All three playing surfaces for field hockey, lacrosse, and intramural fields feature state of the art Shaw Sportexe® turf systems. The adjacent 12,735 square foot structure houses team and training rooms as well as lockers for athletes, visiting teams, and officials.
During the spring of 2007, the Liberty volleyball program was given a secondary practice facility. The East Campus Volleyball Facility houses the volleyball coaches’ offices, a team room, and a gymnasium for practice whenever the Vines Center or Schilling Center is unavailable.
In 2008, the building housing the B. R. Lakin School of Religion was renovated and renamed the Elmer Towns Religion Hall. Dr. Towns is the co-founder of Liberty University and Dean of the School of Religion Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. The central focus of the renovation is the addition of the Towns-Alumni Lecture Hall, a 750-seat lecture hall featuring sloped floors, cushioned chairs and state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics, along with the addition of a columned main entrance. This building houses the Center for Youth Ministry and the Center for Global Ministries.
B. R. Lakin was often referred to as “my pastor” by Dr. Jerry Falwell. A display case with artifacts such as Dr. Lakin’s saddlebags and Bible from his circuit riding preacher days is a place of reflection for the students.
Established in fall 2011, the Equestrian Center provides students and staff with the opportunity to take part in recreational horse activities, trail rides and the boarding of personal horses. Boarders of all disciplines, breeds and experience levels are welcome.
Located off Lone Jack Road on Liberty University's trail system, the facility includes a barn with eight 12x12 foot rubber matted stalls with private runs, grooming stalls, indoor wash rack with hot and cold water, outdoor wash rack, heated office/student lounge, tack room, feed room, utility room with washer and dryer, and men's and women's restrooms, 30-plus acres of small and large turnout pastures with run in sheds. Also included is a 160x300 foot outdoor arena with sand footing, jumps, cavallettis, ground poles, dressage ring, barrels, and poles, etc.
In spring 2013, the Astronomical Observatory located on Liberty Mountain at the Equestrian Center opened to students. The observatory offers a majestic, clear view of the sky and is equipped with a roll-off roof room with several Celestron CPC 800 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. The observatory features an RC Optical Systems 20-inch Truss Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, which is a high-quality research telescope equipped with a charge-coupled device camera for exceptional photographs.
The Grand Lobby of DeMoss Learning Center was completed in Fall 2003. It encompasses 3,600 square feet of floor space and rises 45 feet to a ceiling highlighted by four skylights and a magnificent custom designed chandelier featuring Liberty eagle and flame emblems. Grand staircases on either side of the Lobby ascend to a balcony overlooking the main floor. A brass, inlaid Liberty University Seal adorns the center of the main floor and II Corinthians 3:17, the University verse is displayed in brass on the balcony.
Originally known as Campus North, the Marie F. Green Hall houses the University Chancellor’s Office, administrative offices, the Graduate School, Admissions Offices, Student Services (Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Office), Center for Academic Support and Advising Services, Career Center, Bruckner Learning Center, Center for Writing and Languages, Student Affairs, the Office of Christian/Community Service, LaHaye Student Union, Tilley Student Center, Tolsma Indoor Track, the Tower Theater, Cinematic Arts–Zaki Gordon Center, Math Emporium, Post Office, Centra Health Services, Spiritual Life offices, School of Law, and Liberty University Online.
Completed in May 2012, the Hancock Welcome Center is a three-story 32,000-square foot facility that will house the Visitors Center, including a large meeting room, smaller counseling rooms, a museum, and a gift shop. It is located across from the bookstore and Williams Stadium and near the Carter-Glass Mansion and the gravesite of Liberty founder Jerry Falwell, Sr.
The Visitors Center provides prospective students and their families with the resources for campus visits as well as student-led tours. To view campus maps, take a digital tour of campus, or schedule a visit, access the Visitors Center online at http://www.liberty.edu/admissions/visitorcenter/.
Liberty University Health Services is provided by the Centra Medical Group. It provides quality medical care to the University community, assisting students, staff and faculty in maintaining and optimizing their health. It is located in Green Hall near the LaHaye Student Union and the University Post Office.
Located in Bedford County, Virginia, Ivy Lake is a 112-acre lake located 15 minutes from the Liberty Campus. In 2010, the lakefront area was renovated to provide a quality beach-front area for students and locals to enjoy. A facility to store the boats used for the Crew club team was also constructed in 2010.
The Jerry Falwell Library, completed in fall 2013, is a four-story, 170,000 square-foot structure, providing the latest in technology, resources, services, and amenities for students, faculty, and staff.
The Jerry Falwell Library is the focal point of academic life at Liberty. Strategically located in the center of campus, the library supports instruction, research, productivity, community-building, individual and group study, and other activities relevant to the University’s mission. During a visit to the library, students can use computers to conduct online research or do homework; study alone or work on a group project; retrieve books and other library materials; and seek assistance from skilled library and computing staff.
The Jerry Falwell Library collects and organizes resources across a wide range of media, including books, periodicals, audio-visual resources in various formats, musical scores, curriculum, and archival materials. Its physical collections consist of approximately 368,000 volume equivalents and 638 current periodical subscriptions. Digital information resources provided by the library include over 250,000 electronic items and content from more than 75,000 unique full-text journals. The library provides access to more than 400 online research resources.
The computing resources within the library consist of 160 computers housed in a computer learning commons and at stand-up stations throughout the facility. With the exception of machines reserved for library catalog searching, all library computers are pre-loaded with a variety of software titles available for student use, including Microsoft® Office, Adobe® Creative® Suite, Mathematica, and SPSS.
All library computers have a high-speed connection to the Internet. In addition, wireless network signal is available throughout the facility, allowing laptop computer users to access the full array of network resources.
In May 2007, Dr. Jerry Falwell, “Godly Father, Husband, Grandfather, Pastor, Christian Educator,” as well as Co-founder, President, and Chancellor of Liberty University, went home to be with the Lord. Located in front of Montview, the Carter Glass Mansion, the oval-shaped burial garden contains an eternal flame, a fountain and sidewalks that lead to Dr. Falwell’s grave. Also located in the garden, are benches where students can study or reflect, and where visitors, who want to visit the site, can pause to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Falwell.
Adjacent to the Grand Lobby is the Jerry Falwell Museum, presented and dedicated to Dr. Falwell at his seventieth birthday celebration. This museum was created to preserve and highlight the life and ministry of Liberty’s Founder/Chancellor/President. The Museum contains the history of the Falwell family and includes displays and historical documents chronicling each of the ministries.
The LaHaye Ice Center opened in December 2005. The state-of-the-art facility is used by the Liberty University hockey team, students and the public. Upgrades to the Ice Center in 2008 include a Chancellor’s suite and two business suites, a conference room donated by Pete and Cindy Chamberland, and a new public locker room. This facility is named in honor of Tim and Beverly LaHaye, generous supporters and members of the Liberty University Board of Trustees.
The LaHaye Student Union opened in November 2004. This state-of-the-art facility houses an intercollegiate-size swimming pool, five basketball courts, fitness center, locker rooms, a food court, lounge areas, meeting rooms, and offices. This facility is named in honor of Tim and Beverly LaHaye, generous supporters and former members of the Board of Trustees.
The Multi-Purpose Center, originally constructed in 1979, was named the Earl H. Schilling Center in 1995 in honor of Earl and Anne Schilling, long-time donors to the ministry who established a multi-million dollar trust to provide scholarships for training pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and full-time Christian workers. The Schilling Center was relocated to the LaHaye Student Union in August 2012, and is used for physical education classes, and additional basketball.
The Tilley Student Center opened in September 2008. Adjacent to the LaHaye Student Union, the Student Center provides additional space for student social interaction and activities. The coffeehouse-style setting has a stage for musical performances, televisions, wireless access, comfortable seating and tables as well as a coffee bar. The Student Center was made possible in part by a donation from Thomas and Iris Tilley, long-time supporters of Liberty University and the parents of Becki Falwell, wife of the Chancellor.
The Thomas Indoor Soccer Center opened in May 2009. The Thomas Center is comprised of two turf fields partially surrounded by transparent walls and netting. The facility also features a spectator section, multiple televisions and wireless capability.
Located adjacent to Green Hall, the Liberty Mountain Conference Center held its grand opening in June 2011. This facility is more than 13,000-square feet, has a maximum occupancy of 400, and consists of two 125-seat rooms and six 24-seat rooms. The facility is Wi-Fi enabled and each room has monitor projection systems.
The newest recreational facility was completed on East Campus in fall 2012. It consists of four distinct areas. A 220,000 square foot, multi-purpose turf area is home to flag football, softball and ultimate Frisbee. A natural grass, recreational softball field sits next to the turf area. Due to the enormous popularity of the sand volleyball courts built in spring semester 2012, four additional courts were added to make a total of eight courts at Liberty University.
Also part of the complex is a sand training area known as “The Patch,” a large sand pit and training course similar to those used by Navy SEALs at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, CA.
Snowflex® is a multi-layer, synthetic material that uses small misting devices to provide moisture that simulates the slip and grip effects of real snow, allowing maximum speed and edge control for making turns. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, opened in August 2009, consists of two main distinct ski runs. This includes a beginner slope, intermediate slope, advanced slope, terrain park, a 260-foot tubing run, and gravity park for air awareness training. The 550-foot terrain run has three jumps with a quarter pipe at the bottom, and a 550-foot ski slope with multiple rail features for all levels.
The Barrick-Falwell Ski Lodge, incorporates the look and feel of a mountain chalet complete with a wildlife trophy collection donated by Dr. Al Barrick, houses the ticketing and rental area on the lower level. Visitors can enjoy concessions and a scenic view of the ski slope and campus from the second level. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is open year-round for University and public access.
Opening in February 2013, the Liberty Baseball Stadium has chair back seating for 2,500 spectators, with additional seating available on grass areas down each line. The complex features two suites, a club room, a spectator picnic area with a playground and firepit, and a modern media area. The stadium’s media space accommodates up to 40 media members, with a 24-seat press box, a television booth, visitor and home radio booths, an operations suite, and storage.
The facility has a turf playing surface, along with full-length, major-league type dugouts, and areas for concessions and ticketing. When completed, the complex will become the operations center for Liberty baseball, housing the program’s offices and team room overlooking the playing field. Four indoor batting tunnels and a weight room will also be included.
Completed in May 2009, Barnes and Noble opened a free-standing campus bookstore located adjacent to Williams Stadium on University Blvd.
Placed high on the side of Liberty Mountain, beckoning students, alumni, and visitors to Lynchburg and Liberty University is a new landmark, the Liberty University Monogram. The monogram covers three acres, and was made using over two hundred tons of stone, white gabion and red brick chips. Twelve hundred plants are strategically placed to make up the letters. Directly above the Monogram, on top of the mountain, sits a white gazebo that offers magnificent views of the city and surrounding areas, and a place to rest after hiking, biking or running on the thirty miles of trails that cover the mountain.
Located off Route 29 on Odd Fellows Road, two former hotel properties comprise the Liberty University Residential Annex. The Residential Annex houses students, provides conference center space for Liberty University Online intensive courses, and houses the Department of Ministry Teams. Food options available at the Residential Annex include Crave Café and the Hill City Bistro. The facility is serviced by a dedicated bus route throughout the academic year.
Completed in August 2010, this 5,000 square foot, two-floor center was named after William and Wanda Luurtsema, who provided a generous donation to the project. The building includes offices for the men’s and women’s soccer, track and field, and lacrosse programs. In addition to offices, the building also contains four locker rooms, a training room, a laundry area and team rooms.
The Liberty Women’s Soccer locker room was provided by a generous donation from the Tyson family, relatives of former Liberty women’s soccer player Brittany Tyson.
In 1989, a first-rate outdoor track was completed in honor of Jake Matthes, Liberty’s first track coach, and Ron Hopkins, the first women’s track coach. The facility includes an eight-lane, 400 meter polyurethane track as well as four long jump/triple jump pits, three pole vault runways, a high jump apron, two javelin runways, two shot put rings and a hammer/discus cage.
Expanded and renovated in fall 2009, the soccer and outdoor track and field facility was named Osborne Stadium for Liberty alumni, Richard and Karin Osborne, who gave the lead donation for the complex project. Improvements to the facility include 1,000 chair back seats, press box, 5,000 square-foot Soccer and Track Operations Center, scoreboard, and brick and wrought iron fencing.
Montview Mansion, one of two original buildings still remaining on the campus, overlooks a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built in 1923, it is also known as the Carter-Glass Mansion, the home of Senator Carter Glass, Secretary of the Treasury under Woodrow Wilson, and his wife.
Following the passing of Dr. Jerry Falwell, Montview was restored to how it might have looked during the 1920s – 1940s. Dr. Falwell’s Chancellor’s Office has been left exactly as it was the day he passed away. Visitors can also see his conference room which serves as a small museum illustrating the life of Dr. Falwell.
The Senator’s home office has been restored and the upstairs bedrooms each with its own bath have been restored. Additional first floor rooms are used for receptions, meetings and luncheons.
In Fall 2009, a marble mantle that was in the U.S. Capitol, and which was also in the Carter-Glass Mansion in the 1920s was returned to Montview. It is now at home in the Mansion's dining room.
Montview Mansion is open to the public and tours are given daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and by appointment on the weekends. Tours can be scheduled by calling 434-582-7678.
Located at East Campus, the complex consists of two fields with a retractable netting system made with a protective mesh.
As part of the center quad of classroom buildings, the Performing Arts Hall serves the music needs of the University. Several practice rooms, and a recital hall for student and faculty performances are in this building. In 2010, the Lloyd Auditorium was renovated for use by the Liberty University Marching Band. Many hours of practice take place in the band room for both vocal and instrumental ensembles. The award-winning Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band has performed before nationally televised audiences, which include an NFL football game and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
An annex of the Performing Arts Hall is the Telecommunications wing which houses our campus radio station (WWMC-The Light, C91) and the Rhodes TV studio.
The R. C. Worley Prayer Chapel was built in 1981 and named in memory of Mr. Worley, a great prayer warrior, soul winner, and member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. Known for his humility, Mr. Worley often said, “I am just a clay vessel that God uses.”
A Liberty University landmark, the chapel is used daily and serves as a quiet place for prayer, ministry meetings and small weddings.
Renovations in 2007 and 2008, have significantly improved this building originally constructed more than 15 years ago. Students enjoy meals in this “totally renovated, state-of-the-art student restaurant” that has a stunning design and edgy style with track lighting, booths, benches, new flooring and a new atrium. It features favorite cuisines including, Italian and Mexican items as well as a salads for the health-conscious individual, and home-style meals just like “mom used to make”. This building includes an Executive Dining Room for administrative and faculty functions. In 2011, a wing for catering and expanded food storage was added. Bistro ’71, a grab-and-go location was also added adjacent to the dining hall.
Acquired in 2013, the River Ridge Facility was formerly the Sears building in the River Ridge Mall. The 112,000 square-foot building, with 700 parking spaces, will be used in the short term to house Liberty’s non-academic departments, such as: Liberty University Online Call Center, Financial Aid Call Center, Resident Enrollment, ROTC Indoor Drill Field, and some Information Technology departments, freeing up space for several academic departments to relocate while buildings are demolished and new facilities are built.
The Science Hall was the first building erected on Liberty Mountain in 1977. As connoted by its name, the Science Hall houses science classrooms and labs for biology, chemistry, family and consumer sciences, physical science, and physics.
Identified by the rock in front of its doors, this building in the quad boasts of the creativity of the elementary education students. The walls are lined with creative bulletin boards bringing back memories of early childhood school days.
Donated to Liberty University in March 2011 by the Cook family, The Sports Racket gives Liberty top-notch facilities for both indoor and outdoor play just 15 minutes from campus. Located at 118 Davis Cup Road in Lynchburg, the facility has five indoor tennis courts, five racquetball courts, five outdoor tennis courts, a gym with several treadmills and weight equipment. The facility is home to the Liberty University Racquetball Team Club.
In 2012, Liberty University purchased the site of the former Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC), the original birthplace of Liberty University. Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and the Center for Counseling and Family Studies have been temporarily relocated to this site during campus construction projects. The Center for Curriculum Development is also located at this site. Renovations are currently taking place, including restoring four areas once used as sanctuaries, to their original state.
The Tolsma Indoor Track and Conference Center is located in Green Hall. The Center features a flat 200 meter Mondo surface. It has a wide radius, a four-lane oval and an eight-lane, 60-meter straightway. Located inside of the complex are two long/triple jump runways, a pole vault runway and a high jump apron, with all the apparatuses being permanent and having a Mondo surface. The FinishLynx timing system greatly increases the ability to host high level meets at the facility. The Center will also serve as a conference and convention center.
Located in Green Hall, the Tower Theater was completed in July 2010. This contemporary-style 640-seat theater consists of balcony seating, an orchestra pit, catwalks, a fly tower, a box office and 12,000 square feet of support area that includes dressing rooms, a practice room, offices, costume shop, prop room and woodworking and scene shops.
Built in 1990, this 8,500-seat, silver-domed Lynchburg landmark, also known as “The Furnace,” became the home of the Flames basketball teams. It is also the location of weekly convocation services, and several large conference and concert events each year.
In 2012, a new center-hung video scoreboard was installed. The four-sided board contains four LED high-definition video displays, each approximately 9 feet high and 16 feet wide.
A new men’s and women’s Basketball Practice Facility was completed in spring 2013. Located behind the Vines Center, this facility features three courts and sixteen goals.
Located in the Liberty University Candler’s Mountain Shopping Center is the Radio Voice of Liberty, WRVL, a non-commercial broadcast radio station. WRVL airs the Flames Sport Network, local weather, music, and top Christian radio programs.
The Liberty channel was born as an extension of WTLU in Lynchburg, Virginia. This 24/7 commercial station broadcasts from the campus of Liberty University and has served viewers in Central Virginia since 1991.
WWMC is a top 40 Christian, student-operated music station on the campus of Liberty University. The Light broadcasts 24 hours a day and is an affiliate of Christian Hit Radio. In addition to music programming the Light also broadcasts news and sports, including Liberty University Athletics.
Liberty University has many ongoing and future projects underway. The Master Plan can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/masterplan.
Liberty University’s campus can be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/maps.
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