March 13, 2015 : By Melissa Skinner
|An artist rendering of the completed student center on the back (west) side of DeMoss Hall.|
Liberty University has begun preliminary work on a new four-story, 150,000-square-foot student center, which is scheduled to open Fall 2016. The center will feature new dining options, gaming areas, a bowling alley, and plenty of lounge seating throughout to encourage socialization and relaxation.
The student center will be built onto the back (west) side of DeMoss Hall and will feature a grand entryway and large corridors that will connect each of its two wings. A bridge on the north side will connect the center to the planned Campus Landmark Tower.
“This new facility will add a place where students can gather, socialize, study, and connect with one another in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere,” said Mark Hine, senior vice president of Student Affairs. “As Liberty continues to grow, this student center will continue to provide connection and community for students.”
The first floor of the center will offer six new dining venues, including Garbonzo’s (Mediterranean), Star Ginger (Asian), UFood (burgers), The Grid Marketplace (a convenience store concept), and Argo Tea, which will be the first teahouse on campus. In addition to interior seating throughout, there will be patio seating on the south and west sides of the building.
“The new student center is going to provide some very unique dining options that will be unlike anything we have ever seen on campus or even in Lynchburg,” said Louis Cambeletta, director of food service operations. “It is such a blessing to be a part of a university that continues to look for unique ways to enhance the dining experience for our students, faculty, and staff.”
The second floor of the center will have a gaming area with billiards and various consoles. The Center for Multicultural Enrichment and Student Activities will relocate from Green Hall to the new center to provide centralized access and increased interaction with students.
The third floor will house meeting spaces for student clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association. The north wing of the third floor will have a large dining/event space with seating for up to 700 people.
The basement level of the center will have an eight-lane bowling alley.
“The new student center will provide a social hub for our campus community,” said Lee Beaumont, senior vice president for Auxiliary Services. “With space for eating, socializing, and relaxing it will complement the rest of the exciting campus revitalization plans. The administration has done a good job recognizing the needs of students, faculty, and staff by quickly responding with projects such as this new student center.”