The landscape of the Randolph-Macon College campus continues to undergo a major transformation as facilities are upgraded and new construction is underway as part of the college’s campaign, Building Extraordinary.
This $100 million initiative is designed to gather the necessary resources to position the college for the next level of excellence by providing the resources needed to enhance learning opportunities for students and ensure R-MC’s ability to respond to an ever-changing world.
But bricks and mortar are only part of the story. The real foundation of Randolph-Macon College is its community: alumni, family and friends. Their generosity makes it possible for the college to grow and flourish.
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Birdsong Hall will provide state-of-the-art suite-style housing for upperclassman. The facility will include common areas, study rooms and laundry facilities.
Birdsong Hall is named for Constance and Thomas Birdsong ’49 and The Birdsong Corporation, and construction will be made possible through their $2 million gift.
The new science facility will be built in two phases. Phase 1 is a new 27,000-square- foot, three-story building attached to the northwest side of the current Copley Science Center.
The new building will include state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, and the Office of Pre-Health Advising.
The New Science Building and Renovations to Copley Science Center project will be made possible through a $5 million challenge gift from Joan and Macon Brock Jr. '64.
Opened: May 2013
The former student center was razed to make room for Brock Commons, a new student center. Brock Commons includes a movie theater, an expanded campus bookstore, dining services with an open café, a balcony, a portico with tables, a student mailroom, and multi-purpose rooms and spaces.
Construction of Brock Commons was made possible through a $5 million gift from Joan and Macon F. Brock Jr. ’64, and by the generous support from numerous alumni and friends of the college.
Construction of the new Theta Chi fraternity house, on the campus of Randolph-Macon College, will begin this spring and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015.
The new fraternity house, which will be located on College Avenue, will include a warming kitchen, a chapter and ritual room, a porch and eight bedrooms. The bedrooms will also include suite-style bathrooms, cable and Wi-Fi. The estimated total project cost is approximately $1 million. The new building will replace the former Theta Chi fraternity house, which was destroyed in a 2012 fire.
Opened: August 2011
Andrews Hall is a 108-bed, suite-style freshmen facility that includes a 1,500-square-foot common room for academic and student organization use, study areas, a gaming/TV room, a laundry facility, a staff apartment and a community porch.
Andrews Hall also includes environmental features such as geo-thermal wells to collect and temper ground water for the heating and ventilating system, and a system to collect and recycle rain water for toilets and irrigation. In addition, solar panels are installed on the eastern side of the building roof to help with the cost of electricity.
Construction of the Hall was made possible with a lead gift from Stuart and Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon ’59, and by many generous donors recognized as “Friends of Ira.”
Opened: September 2012
The Werner Pavilion provides new learning space for students. The first floor offers a reading room with 24-hour access, and the second floor includes a high-tech classroom. The entire Pavilion can be cordoned off from the main library and accessed through an outside entrance.
Construction of the Pavilion was made possible by a lead gift from the Cabell Foundation. Dr. Werner served for 20 years as a member of the Board of Trustees. Each year, the John B. and Anita S. Werner Phi Beta Kappa Award is given to a senior or to seniors newly elected to Phi Beta Kappa, for exemplary service to the college community and outstanding contributions to campus life.
The previous field was moved to a north/south orientation. The new Day Field includes a turf playing surface, brick walkways, visitor stands and a new scoreboard. Day Field is surrounded on the north side by the Ira Andrews Hall and it will be surrounded on the south side by the future Birdsong Hall.
Day Field is home to Randolph-Macon's football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, and it is also used for intramural competition.
Renovations to Day Field were made possible through the generous support of alumni, parents and Yellow Jacket fans.
Opened: April 2011
The Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park features permanent grandstand seating, a new scoreboard and a 16-foot wall in left field. Hugh Stephens ’41 was the head coach of the Randolph-Macon baseball program from 1950-1982.
Construction of the Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park was made possible through a generous lead gift from Carol Estes-Williams and her husband, Clarence G. Williams Jr.
Opened: October 2010
As part of the new complex, the courts, which sit on five acres, are designed for public play when not in use by the college. The complex includes ten playing courts with four courts lighted at night, stadium seating, a restroom facility, a gazebo and benches. The complex is accessible to the public from Henry Clay Road, and there is ample parking.
Construction of the tennis complex was made possible by former Board of Trustee member S. Andrew Banks.
Update Completed: Fall 2010
Renovations for Haley Hall included new furniture, new doors and windows, and classroom upgrades with audio visual equipment.
Renovations to Haley Hall were made possible through a generous gift from Joan and Macon F. Brock Jr. '64.
Renovations included new furniture, new windows and classroom upgrades.
Renovations to Fox Hall were made possible through a generous gift from Joan and Macon F. Brock Jr. '64.
The Randolph-Macon endowment stands at $115 million, an amount that serves our students well but leaves opportunity for growth. A robust endowment, built through generous annual giving as well as specific endowed gifts, is a key indicator of institutional strength. It can be used to enhance our ability to attract bright students and to recruit and retain top faculty. We seek to fortify our endowment for the following purposes:
Though comprehensive campaigns are typically about building the future, Building Extraordinary: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon College is also about ensuring excellence today. In today’s competitive higher education environment, your support is more valuable than ever. We invite alumni and friends to continue or increase their annual gifts to support our exceptional academic program and help ensure that deserving students can afford to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.