News & Events

Construction Update

September 20, 2013

Center for Medical and Health Sciences

Now under construction, this facility will be the first building on Liberty’s new professional/graduate campus. It will house the new College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Health Sciences’ Master of Public Health program and administrative offices. Construction is moving along with interior framing complete and exterior brickwork done. The building is on track to open for the first class of medical students in Fall 2014.

Residence Halls

The first of six new high-rise residence halls is under construction. The nine-story tower is expected to be completed in time for the 2014-2015 school year. It will provide 1,200 beds, enough to replace all 16 of the original Champion Circle halls built there in the 1970s. Within a decade, the new residence halls will house Liberty’s East Campus population (2,800 students) in addition to the entire Circle and Residential Annex populations. The steel frame for the superstructure is already in process.

Olympic Sports Complex

Ground has already been cleared on a site beneath the monogram on Liberty Mountain for a new multipurpose athletic complex. Located near U.S. 460, the facility will include an indoor track, as well as an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool with a diving well. Construction should be underway in 12-18 months.

Vehicular Tunnel

A four-lane tunnel will run under the railroad tracks on the west side of campus and connect Liberty’s perimeter road, Regents Parkway, to Wards Road via an intersection with harvard Street. The project is currently under construction and is expected to be operational by the end of January 2014. Pedestrian sidewalks are also planned for the project. The tunnel will greatly improve traffic on campus and ease congestion on Wards Road, Lynchburg’s retail corridor. This photo at left shows the site of the tunnel on Liberty’s campus, with Harvard Street and Central Virginia Community College in the background.

LaHaye Student Union Expansion

An addition and renovation to the LaHaye Student Union will provide more exercise space for students, faculty, and staff. The 66,000-square-foot addition and 19,000-square-foot renovation will greatly expand cardio exercise, weight room, and multipurpose areas, as well as locker room space. Work started this summer and is expected to be completed by Fall 2014. The first phase of the project was an expansion to the adjacent Tilley Student Center, adding a mezzanine level with 250 seats.

Former Sears Location

About 800 Liberty employees were relocated to the former Sears building at the nearby River Ride Mall. Liberty purchased the property last year and did extensive renovations to create more than 80 offices, 11 conference rooms, two break rooms, and bathrooms. This move is part of a chain of relocations that will happen across campus as the university continues its rebuilding plan. The 120,000-square-foot site is serving as the main operations center for Liberty University Online and includes Liberty’s Enrollment Management team. A call center for Liberty’s Development Office has also been moved there, as well as a television studio for the School of Communication & Creative Arts and temporary offices for Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Starting this year

School of Music

The merger of Liberty’s Department of Music and Humanities and the Department of Worship and Music Studies last fall created the seventh largest School of Music in the country. Excavation work has begun at the site of its new home along Liberty’s main academic corridor, adjacent to the new Jerry Falwell Library. Two linked, three-story buildings spanning 121,000 square feet will include a fine arts auditorium seating up to 1,600 guests. The building is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.

Science Hall

The four-story Science Hall will more than triple the size of the university’s current science building, with 110,000-plus square feet. Excavation work is already underway and is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.

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