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LU to break ground on School of Engineering building this fall

Liberty University is set to begin construction this fall on a new three-story School of Engineering building across from DeMoss Hall, next to the soon-to-open School of Business building. The 60,000-square-foot structure is scheduled to open by the Fall 2021 semester.

Several lab and shop spaces are planned. Dr. Mark Horstemeyer, Liberty’s new engineering dean, said the building will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that specifically relates to a materials history referred to as Process-Structure-Properties-Performance sequence (PSPP). Equipment will be used for casting, additive manufacturing, and welding. The building will also be outfitted with a scanning electron microscope, optical microscope, and computed tomography equipment as well as mechanical, chemical, and thermal property equipment and areas for automotive and sports performance-related engineering projects.

“‘Creationeering,’ in which we will relate our work to how God created ‘things’ and how we create ‘things,’ will be an emphasis throughout the building,” he said.

He added that the building will be constructed to be energy efficient and support experiments related to solar, wind, and water power.

“The hope is to calibrate some theoretical models and then apply this to optimize energy usage and efficiency on campus,” Horstemeyer said.

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