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 in real-time.
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, the Campus Store, 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.