Major construction at Liberty University continues, some buildings open ahead of new school year
LYNCHBURG (WSLS10) - Orange cones and construction zones are not hard miss at Liberty University. According to the university, there's nearly 3,000 construction workers on campus at all times.
Despite the obvious construction, Liberty University students told us that campus still feels like home.
"It's very safe, it's very comfortable and I just love being in this place," said senior David Keller.
Keller said starting this fall in the university's new Center for Music and the Worship Arts, he has more opportunities to perfect his musical craft.
"Percussion has its own studio now which is a big thing for me," said Keller. "We got more equipment, we've got more love and attention then we have in the past."
The university's planning coordinator said the new 168,000 square foot building, which will house the School of Music, was a necessary upgrade. The school is the university's 7th largest and fastest growing.
"The buildings that are being built are in response to what the students want and the programs that they're signing up for," said Liberty's Planning and Construction Coordinator Brad Butler.
Construction on the $70 million music center started in the spring of 2014 and now, offers private practice labs and a performance hall with state of the art technology. The venue is about the same size as the performance hall at Roanoke's Berglund Center.
Leading out from the Center for Music and the Worship Arts is a new green. The space used to be a parking lot, but now this green can hold 30,000 people for an outdoor concert or graduation ceremony.
And all the way across the green is a $57 million addition to the Montview Student Union which houses an 8-lane bowling alley, new dining options like a woodfire grill pizzeria and student lounges.
"It's a really cool connecting point with the community at large," commented Butler.
Students like Keller told us navigating the construction zones are well worth the end results.
"It's been a blessing to have a building this cool," Keller added.
The university said more new buildings will pop up over the next two years like two high rise residence halls.
Construction on the City's soon to be tallest building known as the Freedom Tower which will house the School of Divinity is underway. Workers are constructing about a floor every eight days. The School of Divinity will open the fall of 2017.
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