The Student Center at Liberty University is a gathering place for students, faculty, and professionals at the locus of the university community, where academic pursuits are complemented with cultural, social, and recreational services. Emblematic of the University and its mission, the Student Center makes a place on campus where meaningful relationships can be nurtured.

Building Community

The Liberty University Student Center is home to a rich variety of social, student life, and dining opportunities. Student lounges, study spaces, and meeting rooms provide flexible places for study and gathering. A multipurpose event room on the third floor enjoys views of the surrounding campus, and the bowling alley and technology-rich game areas encourage recreational fun. Much Student Center activity occurs during the early evening, when student leadership groups, such as Student Government, populate open work and gathering areas. Such components of the Student Center have prominent locations in the building, and find useful expression on the exterior in order to showcase lively activity and draw students in and encourage them to participate. In this way, the building serves as a beacon of vital campus activities.

Student Life Professionals are strategically integrated throughout the building to serve and support students. Departments such as Student Activities and the Center for Multicultural Enrichment help champion the Student Center’s mission through outreach and hosting events that build an educational community out of diversity. The Cards Services Department is located near the building’s entrance and acts as a central information gathering hub.

The Student Center’s dining services create socially-rich destinations on campus where students can gather together to participate in meals that strengthen their relationships with each other and their institution. Students can choose between six unique micro-restaurants, each with their own distinctive food inspired atmosphere and emphasis on celebrating food preparation. Flexibility is achieved through multi-purpose components that allow dining services to throttle service up during peak times, and down again when the dining areas serve as places for entertainment, recreation, and study.

The Student Center at Liberty University is a gathering place for students, faculty, and professionals at the locus of the university community, where academic pursuits are complemented with cultural, social, and recreational services. Emblematic of the University and its mission, the Student Center makes a place on campus where meaningful relationships can be nurtured.

Building Community

The Liberty University Student Center is home to a rich variety of social, student life, and dining opportunities. Student lounges, study spaces, and meeting rooms provide flexible places for study and gathering. A multipurpose event room on the third floor enjoys views of the surrounding campus, and the bowling alley and technology-rich game areas encourage recreational fun. Much Student Center activity occurs during the early evening, when student leadership groups, such as Student Government, populate open work and gathering areas. Such components of the Student Center have prominent locations in the building, and find useful expression on the exterior in order to showcase lively activity and draw students in and encourage them to participate. In this way, the building serves as a beacon of vital campus activities.

Student Life Professionals are strategically integrated throughout the building to serve and support students. Departments such as Student Activities and the Center for Multicultural Enrichment help champion the Student Center’s mission through outreach and hosting events that build an educational community out of diversity. The Cards Services Department is located near the building’s entrance and acts as a central information gathering hub.

The Student Center’s dining services create socially-rich destinations on campus where students can gather together to participate in meals that strengthen their relationships with each other and their institution. Students can choose between six unique micro-restaurants, each with their own distinctive food inspired atmosphere and emphasis on celebrating food preparation. Flexibility is achieved through multi-purpose components that allow dining services to throttle service up during peak times, and down again when the dining areas serve as places for entertainment, recreation, and study.

The Liberty University Student Center is home to a rich variety of social, student life, and dining opportunities. Student lounges, study spaces, and meeting rooms provide flexible places for study and gathering.

Place-Making

Situated as the keystone of the Academic Lawn, the Student Center forges a significant and welcoming presence on campus that grows out of Liberty’s distinctive character. The entrance is marked by a graceful canopy and monumental steps that reach out to the campus and engage the landscape. Students enjoy the shelter and seating of the porch, and the raised stone platform can be used as a performance space for events, such as graduation.

The exterior’s sense of solidity is balanced by various materials adding texture and color to the interior. The building’s massing forms a multi-story atrium, a central gathering space where filtered natural light penetrates deep into the building to animate the space. The Atrium encourages a spirit of collaboration and fosters connectivity and chance encounters, while still maintaining a vital sense of intimacy. At night, the Atrium glows like a lantern, offering the possibilities of camaraderie within.

Creating Lasting Value

Liberty University’s Student Center marks a genuine pivotal moment on campus, building on the past and reaching for the future. The architecture embodies Liberty’s institutional commitment to student life and campus programs.

Place-Making

Situated as the keystone of the Academic Lawn, the Student Center forges a significant and welcoming presence on campus that grows out of Liberty’s distinctive character. The entrance is marked by a graceful canopy and monumental steps that reach out to the campus and engage the landscape. Students enjoy the shelter and seating of the porch, and the raised stone platform can be used as a performance space for events, such as graduation.

The exterior’s sense of solidity is balanced by various materials adding texture and color to the interior. The building’s massing forms a multi-story atrium, a central gathering space where filtered natural light penetrates deep into the building to animate the space. The Atrium encourages a spirit of collaboration and fosters connectivity and chance encounters, while still maintaining a vital sense of intimacy. At night, the Atrium glows like a lantern, offering the possibilities of camaraderie within.

Creating Lasting Value

Liberty University’s Student Center marks a genuine pivotal moment on campus, building on the past and reaching for the future. The architecture embodies Liberty’s institutional commitment to student life and campus programs.

Students can choose between six unique micro-restaurants, each with their own distinctive food inspired atmosphere and emphasis on celebrating food preparation.
The exterior’s sense of solidity is balanced by various materials adding texture and color to the interior. The building’s massing forms a multi-story atrium, a central gathering space where filtered natural light penetrates deep into the building to animate the space.
Situated as the keystone of the Academic Lawn, the Student Center forges a significant and welcoming presence on campus that grows out of Liberty’s distinctive character.

Client: Liberty University

Location: Lynchburg, VA

Discipline: Student Life

Completion: 2016

Size: 158,000 SF