Ground was broken and construction began in July 2013 on Birdsong Hall, an exciting addition to the Randolph-Macon College campus.
The three-story facility for seniors will include 30 suite-style residences. Each residence will include four single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common kitchen/living area.
“Birdsong Hall will be a magnificent addition to our campus,” says Randolph-Macon President Robert R. Lindgren. “We are grateful to the Birdsong family and Corporation for their incredible generosity. Their contributions to our campus community will be felt for generations to come.”
Birdsong Hall is designed to accommodate 120 seniors who are transitioning from typical dormitory-type living 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 August 2014. Andrews Hall, a residence for freshmen that opened in 2011, borders the north side of Day Field.
Birdsong Hall, which will be built by English Construction Company, will also include a two-story, 3,280-square-foot multipurpose room that will occupy the second and third floors, and the first floor will include restrooms, a catering kitchen and a breezeway allowing one to walk from the center of campus onto Day Field, the redesigned football and lacrosse field, which opened in 2012. The multipurpose room will overlook Day Field and will 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 conference venues. The balcony off of the multipurpose room will face Day Field and provide another gathering place.
The BirdsongsBirdsong Hall is named for Constance and Thomas Birdsong III ’49 and the Birdsong Corporation, and construction is made possible through their $2 million gift. The Birdsongs have a longstanding tradition of philanthropy with Randolph-Macon. More than a dozen Birdsong 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 Fieldhouse. A trustee emeritus of Randolph-Macon, Tom Birdsong III served on the R-MC Board of Trustees for two terms, from 1981-1994 and from 1995-2001. He also served as the president of the Boydton Society and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Alumni. He continues his service to the college as a member of the Presidential Counselors.