Building for the Future

Student Center renovation begins to take shape.

The summer of 2011 was one of the busiest in decades, as numerous construction projects—including the $6million Student Center renovation— began to transform several of Randolph College’s facilities.

“The College is working to update our facilities and to create better spaces for our community,” said JohnE. Klein, president. “Beginning construction on the new Student Center has brought a sense of energy and excitement to campus. This project is going to add so much to our community and the student experience.”

In addition to the construction of a new teaching and learning center on the main floor of the library, the conference room and lounge area near the dining hall were renovated to accommodate Randolph’s new campus store. The College’s tennis courts were also replaced.

“We have added something every year for the past few years so that when students return, there is something different and better waiting for them,” said Bobby Bennett, director of capital projects. “This year, the changes were even more substantial.”

Most of the work on the Student Center that occurred this summer was demolition of the interior of the building. The campus will begin to see more visible changes to the exterior of the building this fall and spring.

“One of our goals is to perform this work in a manner that is the least disruptive to our students, faculty, and staff,” Bennett said. “This is a large project that is basically right in the middle of campus. And while this is going on, there is going to be some noise and dust. But if people have patience, it will all definitely be worth it in the end.”