New Science Building Under Construction
Randolph-Macon College’s new science building, currently under construction, will adjoin the northwest side of Copley Science Center and will house the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies/Geology. Groundbreaking for the building took place May 2, 2016, and the facility is projected to be completed in summer 2017.
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A 40-foot-long connector will provide access between Copley Science Center and the new, 30,000-square-foot science facility. The science building will include state-of-the-art research laboratories; innovative teaching laboratories; faculty offices; spacious conference rooms for mentoring students, including dedicated space to meet with and advise students interested in healthcare careers; and energy- and water-saving technologies along with recycled and renewable materials to comply with LEED “green building” standards. In addition, a new Keeble Observatory will be constructed and connect to the second floor of the northeast side of Copley Science Center.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren says the building will give students extraordinary opportunities.
“Excellent facilities are an essential part of the R-MC experience, and our new science building will provide our students with even greater opportunities to sharpen their skills and expand their world of knowledge,” he says. “This new facility reflects the college’s strong commitment to the sciences and will greatly further the tradition of outstanding teaching and scholarship across the sciences at R-MC.”
In conjunction with the college’s Building Extraordinary campaign, the college set forth an overall goal of $22.2 million to build a new science building and a new observatory, and to renovate Copley Science Center and Smithey Hall. The renovations took place several years ago. Reaching the target of $17.5 million specifically for the new science building was particularly exciting and gratifying, says Lindgren.
“The R-MC community is exceedingly thankful to our donors—alumni, friends, parents, and community members—who believe in the life of this college,” he says.
Several donors have been extraordinarily generous in making the new science building a reality.
Macon F. Brock Jr. ’64 serves as chair of the Building Extraordinary campaign. He and his wife Joan Brock gave gifts exceeding $27 million to support the priorities of the campaign, which included the new Brock Commons student center. Their gifts also supported the new science building.
Birdsong Hall, a residential facility for upperclassmen, is named for Thomas Birdsong '49 and The Birdsong Corporation, and construction was made possible through their $2.1 million gift. The family and corporation have also supported the Birdsong Peaks of Excellence Center, the Birdsong Townhouses, the Birdsong Café, and the new science building.
Chemistry Professor Serge Schreiner and his wife Linda made a gift of $500,000 to support the construction of the new science building.
Provost William T. Franz and his wife Patty were among the first donors to the new building and renovations. Their gift of $35,000 is representative of the commitment that Franz and other faculty members feel for Randolph-Macon and its mission.