Liberty University "building a campus for the next 100 years in the next 10"
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Liberty University is showing off the campus makeover currently underway. It's all part of the university's Master Plan.
It includes a new student union, indoor track facility and concert hall. But, it's a race against time.
"We are building a campus for the next 100 years in the next 10," said Planning Coordinator, Brad Butler.
For the last few years, cranes and construction workers have become as much of a campus staple as the students. "The students are awesome they really put up with a lot," said Butler.
Butler says the end result will be all worth it. Particularly, the new state-of-the-art concert hall. "There really isn't any building like this with the technologies employed inside of that building," he said.
The building is one part of the Center for Music and Worship Arts. It's one of the University's fastest growing programs. "We wanted to respond to the need that the students said that they wanted to see us provide," Butler said.
Senior Kaila Griffith is a long time member of the marching band.
She says she's excited to see the music department have a permanent home. "We definitely have grown in the past few years, I noticed that since we moved from the building behind DeMoss," she said.
But at the center of Liberty's half-billion dollar project is a structure that has already become a symbol of the university.
The 275-foot tall Freedom Tower. "We wanted a classical, iconic structure," Butler said.
Butler said construction on the tower is set to end in the fall, making it the tallest building in Lynchburg. He also said the second half of the Center for Music and Worship Arts, including the concert hall and the Montview student union, will open this fall.
Besides concerts, Butler says the concert hall also provides the school a venue to hold future presidential debates.
The Indoor track and indoor practice center will open in 2017.