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Cupola Tops Birdsong Hall
Cupola Tops Birdsong Hall
Birdsong Hall is slated for completion in August 2014.
Birdsong Hall Cupola Installation
, currently under construction, was fitted with a 1,900-pound cupola on April 24, 2014.
President Robert R. Lindgren,
Talbot Weston ’16
Garrett White ’14
, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Grant Azdell signed the inside of the cupola before it was lifted into the air and nestled atop the roof of the Pavilion.
“The road crew responsible for its installation put the cupola together on the ground and flew it up in a lift,” says R-MC Project Manager Mark Brabham. The cupola sits on mounting bolts welded to steel, and a worker using a scissor lift tightened the bolts from the inside. The cupola was hoisted in separate parts as a crowd of students, faculty and staff watched. The finial was attached by a worker in an OSHA-approved “man-basket” suspended from a crane.
About Birdsong Hall
Birdsong Hall 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 /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 providing two classrooms to seat 40 or seminar/conference venues. 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 parents, alumni, donors and friends of the college. 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.)
, 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 September 13, 2014. This event is open to the public.
Birdsong Hall is named for Thomas H. Birdsong III '49 and The Birdsong Corporation in recognition of their generous $2.1 million gift in support of the new residence hall.
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