Liberty University to construct new dining hall

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University announced the campus will have a new dining hall by Fall 2022.

The new dining hall will be between Residential Commons III and Liberty Lake. The building is currently being called the “New Reber-Thomas” as a commemoration of the original donors to Liberty’s current dining hub, The Food Court at Reber-Thomas. The older building will be used for academic programs.

According to university officials, construction is scheduled to begin May 2021.

The facility will offer 100,000 square feet of new dining space, a 40 percent improvement on its predecessor’s 70,000, with the additional space focused on increased seating. The entryway plans call for more overhead coverage, and more turnstiles will allow for quicker access for diners.

The interior of the dining hall will bear a similar layout to the existing dining hall, featuring multiple stations across the venue offering a wide array of menu items.

Liberty’s Vice President of Major Construction, Dan Deter, said his office will be engaging with student groups soon to gather input on the location’s design, as the plan is still in its infancy.

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