Oglethorpe University will officially break ground on its new student center at 1 p.m. Oct. 26.

The new $15 million student center will be built on the site of the old Emerson Student Center and is set to open in the fall of 2013, according to a university press release.

The new facility was designed to blend in with the school’s Gothic revival architecture.  It will include multi-purpose rooms, a dining hall, a coffee shop, a bookstore and outdoor patios. The building will be home to campus life offices and serve as the hub of the experiential learning program, Oglethorpe officials said.

“Oglethorpe’s new campus center will offer spaces that strengthen student services and promote interaction and the exchange of ideas,” Oglethorpe University President Lawrence M. Schall said in a release. “It is designed to be the ‘living room’ for our close-knit campus community as well as the gateway to programs throughout our city and the world.”