Phase one of Randolph-Macon College’s Campus Master Plan is about to begin. Development
of the Plan, which was approved in February 2009 by the college’s Board of Trustees,
was a collaborative process involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees
and members of the surrounding community.
“It has been quite exciting to consider the college’s future and create an insightful
plan for the campus,” said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “This plan is intended
to take the college well into the next 20 to 30 years by suggesting the best use
of the college’s land and facility resources.”
Priorities for the initial phase of implementing the campus master plan consist
of several projects centered on academics, athletics and student life. These include:
The first change that will take place is the relocation of Smith Street. The road,
which currently runs between the men’s varsity soccer field and the football practice
field, will be moved about a block north, allowing for the expansion of athletic
amenities. New landscaping is part of the Plan, and trees are scheduled to be planted
along the new Smith Street location before May 2010.
Once Smith Street is relocated, in April 2010, the baseball field will be moved
to the corner of the college property, where the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house and
the old Smith Street previously resided. The move will improve the experience of
athletes and fans by de-coupling the football and baseball fields. The football
field will be moved to a north-south position. Once additional funds are raised,
a new stadium to surround the football field will be built.
Also planned is the relocation of the college’s tennis courts. The brand-new courts
will still be located on the west side of the railroad tracks, but further south,
near the Ashland train station. The new location will also provide local residents
with a venue for tennis that will be maintained by the college. The design of the
courts was completed in December 2009 and construction is slated to begin in spring
2010. A practice field is planned for the space currently occupied by the existing
New Residence Halls Planned
Plans are also in place to build additional student housing, including residence
halls for freshmen and senior students bordering the new football field. Renderings
of these proposed new residence halls are currently under development.
Renovation of Academic Facilities
Renovations to classroom spaces in Fox Hall were completed in 2009. The renovations
includes refurbishing the classrooms with new furniture, upgrading the audio visual
equipment, wireless capabilities and lighting, and installing new windows and doors.
The College has worked with architects to design a new 4,000 square foot pavilion
to the east of McGraw-Page Library. The first floor of the library pavilion will
offer a reading room with internet access which can be cordoned off from the rest
of the facility to allow 24-hour access to the students. The additional area on
the second floor of the pavilion will provide much-needed classroom space.
The initial phase of the Master Plan also includes the addition of a wet lab building
to the Copley Science Center, along with renovations to the current structure.
Preserving Architecture and the Environment
Important components of the Master Plan are the preservation of the environment
as well as the utilization of classic architecture and open pedestrian vistas that
are central to the layout of the campus. The college owns a four-acre portion of
property south of Mullen Drive that is wetland, and R-MC’s Project Management Team
has met with environmental officials to agree upon boundaries of the wetland, and
to determine how best to preserve this space in its natural state.
To view a slideshow of renderings of these new initiatives, click
R-MC’s Strategic Plan
Improving facilities is the first goal in Randolph-Macon’s 2009-2017 Strategic Plan
entitled: Now is the Time: Expanding our Tradition of Excellence.
To read more about R-MC’s Strategic Plan, click