Proposed Academic Center


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Interested in seeing to what your generous capital campaign donation will give rise? Take a stroll through the halls of our proposed Academic Center.


The new Center’s contemporary, forward-looking design would both complement and distinguish it from our existing College buildings. It will also serve as a signature addition to Leesburg’s Main Street, marking the west entrance to the Beacon campus.

A separate entrance to the Conference Center will feature an attractive courtyard for outdoor receptions and gatherings.

Proposed Academic CenterExterior seating areas will give students, faculty and staff a welcoming space to congregate and relax before and after classes.

An open and airy main lobby will function as a social study space as well as a comfortable venue for students to meet and converse. It also offers a central area for displaying student and faculty work.

Six tutorial-style classrooms on the Center’s first level will promote a highly interactive teaching/learning experience that represents an important element in our educational model. These new facilities will enable the College to offer 22 more classes each day.

Beacon students live and learn in a wireless, connected and multimedia world. The Center’s new classrooms will incorporate state-of-the-art instructional technology to engage, empower and motivate students — and to enable our faculty to lead the way in the creative use of technology when teaching students who learn differently.

A major feature of the Center is a multipurpose auditorium that will support the need for a spacious central meeting place for faculty and staff gatherings, educational meetings and academic conferences, student presentations, graduation ceremonies, recruiting activities such as open houses, and other key campus events.

This facility — with retractable seating for up to 250 and the ability to use multimedia and large-screen projection — also can be a revenue source when used by area businesses and community groups.

The College’s faculty members currently share overcrowded and often rundown office space. A new suite of 12 second-floor offices will bring Beacon faculty together in a bright, welcoming integrated space for the first time in the College’s history.

Designed to encourage community and collaboration, these new offices will enhance faculty interaction and provide an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with their professors.

The second floor will also include 5 study areas, a literature room and a faculty lounge.