Exciting things are happening on the campus of Randolph-Macon College, and soon
Yellow Jackets everywhere will be able to watch the latest construction progress
On Friday, March 8, 2013 a four-ton cupola will be installed on
Brock Commons, the new student center.
Web viewers can watch it all happen via the Randolph-Macon College live web
cam. The cupola will be delivered at 7:00 a.m. and installation
is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m.
The four-ton cupola will arrive in two pieces.
“The road crew responsible for its installation will either put the cupola together
on the ground and fly it up in one lift or place it in two lifts,” says R-MC Project
Manager Mark Brabham. “The cupola sits on mounting bolts welded to steel, and once
in place, a worker using a scissor lift will tighten the bolts from the inside.
The last part of the cupola—the finial—will be attached by a worker in an OSHA-approved
‘man-basket’ suspended from the crane.”
Scheduled for completion in spring 2013,
Brock Commons will include a movie theater, bookstore, dining services and
café, balcony, portico with tables, student mailroom, and multi-purpose rooms.
Brock Commons, an ideal venue for student engagement and interaction, will also
serve as a hub for organizations and campus events and activities. Students can
grab a cup of coffee, meet friends for a movie, buy books and other R-MC memorabilia,
or work together on projects—all in the same place. Brock Commons is the latest
addition to the campus in conjunction with R-MC’s Building Extraordinary
capital campaign. The transformation on campus can also be monitored on the R-MC
On the Move web site.
Construction of Brock Commons is made possible by 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.