Rendering of Birdsong Residence Hall for Seniors
The landscape of the Randolph-Macon College campus continues to undergo a major renaissance as part of the college’s campaign, Building Extraordinary.
One of the newest campaign projects is the Birdsong Residence Hall. The three-story facility and will consist of 30 residences, each with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common kitchen/living area.
Birdsong Hall is designed to accommodate 120 seniors approaching graduation who are transitioning from the typical dormitory-type living arrangement to a more independent lifestyle. Completion of the Hall, which will be positioned along the south side of the new Day Field, is slated for summer 2014. Andrews Hall, a freshmen residence, borders the north side of Day Field.
Pending additional fund-raising, Birdsong Hall may also include a two-story, 3,280-square-foot multipurpose room that will occupy the second and third floors, and the first floor will have restrooms for athletic events, a catering kitchen and a breezeway allowing one to walk from the center of campus onto the football field/lacrosse field. The room will overlook the football/lacrosse field and accommodate a seated dinner for 200, a reception for 400, or it can be divided into three separate spaces to be used as classrooms or seminar/conference venues. The balcony off of the multipurpose room will face the field and provide another space in which to entertain guests such as parents, alumni, donors, and prospective students. Given that this space will be one of the most impressive and visible on campus, R-MC is seeking a $1 million gift to name the room.
Birdsong Hall is named for Constance and Thomas Birdsong III ’49 and the Birdsong Corporation, and construction will be made possible through their $2 million gift.
“Birdsong Hall will be a magnificent addition to the R-MC campus,” says Randolph-Macon President Robert R. Lindgren. “We are grateful to the Birdsong family and Corporation for their incredible generosity.”
The Birdsong family proudly embraces the mission of Randolph-Macon College, and more than a dozen sons and daughters over four generations attended R-MC. In addition to this latest project, the Birdsong family and the Birdsong Corporation have supported the Birdsong Peaks of Excellence Center, the Birdsong Townhouses and the Birdsong Field House.
Building Extraordinary is a $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. To date, the college has received over $81 million in commitments toward this goal.