Upperclassmen will soon have a new place to call home. Birdsong Hall, currently under construction, will provide state-of-the-art suite-style housing for seniors.
The three-story facility will include 30 suite-style residences, each with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common kitchen/living area. Birdsong Hall is designed to accommodate 120 seniors who are transitioning to a more independent lifestyle. Completion of the Hall, which is positioned along the south side of Day Field, is slated for August 2014.
A center pavilion in Birdsong Hall will connect the two residential wings. The ground floor will consist of a breezeway allowing one to walk from the center of campus onto the football field/lacrosse field. It will also have restrooms for athletic events, and it will include a catering kitchen.
A multipurpose room and an interior mezzanine will occupy the second and third floor of the pavilion. This area, approximately 3,280 square feet in size, will overlook the field and will accommodate a seated dinner for 200, a reception for 400, or it can be divided into three separate spaces. An interior mezzanine will overlook the dining room and provide another venue in which to gather. The outside balcony off of the multipurpose room and the roof terrace will face the field and provide additional spaces in which to entertain guests such as prospective students, parents, alumni and donors. Furthermore, the space will be available for use by the business community and residents of Ashland and Hanover County. (It is one of just a few spaces in Hanover County that can accommodate 200 for a seated dinner.)
According to Mark Brabham, assistant director of project management, the floor decks have been poured, temporary shoring has been removed, and work on the exterior sheathing and windows is complete. By the end of March, the roof will be trussed and the roof deck will be installed, and in April a cupola will grace the building. A web camera, located at the northeast corner of the Brock Sports and Recreation Center, provides 24-hour coverage of construction.
A dedication ceremony for Birdsong Hall is planned for Saturday, September 13, 2014. This event is open to the public.
Birdsong Hall is named for Thomas H. Birdsong III '49 and The Birdsong Corporation, and construction will be made possible through their $2.1 million gift.