Brown Student Center Project

Sketch of Brown Student Center to open in 2017

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A central location for student services and activities
Studies leading to Hampden-Sydney College's Campus Master Plan, completed in 2012, pointed out that its campus facilities for student activities and student-focused services are "modest" and dispersed across the campus. What is required is a central location for student services and activities, as well as common spaces for casual interaction and socializing.

In early 2013, the Board of Trustees approved a plan and timetable for designing and constructing such a facility.  By October 2013, the architectural firm of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas had created a concept design, which located the new building on the site of Eggleston Hall, the College's old library which was replaced in 2007, and proposed the general layout and use of space. Built on the idea of "adjacencies" - synergistic activities occurring near or around each other - the design called for an an easy flow of traffic from one level to another and spaces to meet and gather.

Major gift from the Brown family
On February 6, 2016, ground was broken on the $11 million, 27,000 square foot facility which is scheduled to open in August 2017.  The building honors Anne and Ryland Brown of Forest, Virginia.  The major gift of Orran L. Brown '78 and Ellen F. Brown honors his parents who championed education within their family and throughout their extended community.

The building will house the offices of Students Affairs, The Student Court, Student Government, Career Education as well as the Post Office and Tiger Inn.  There are also spaces for student clubs and organizations and gathering spaces.

Other generous donors
In addition to the Brown Family, major funding came from Robert K. Citrone '87, Robert D. Taylor '73, William G. Pannill, William L. Pannill '77, Ferguson Enterprises, Thompson Hospitality, and the Class of '79 Reunion Gift.

Planning Completed for Brown Student Center 2012

With the approval in principle of the updated master campus facilities plan in October of 2012, the College is undertaking the planning and design of a new Student Center. One of several critical needs identified in the 2011 Strategic Plan, the Trustees identified a new Student Center as the project with the highest priority, authorizing the administration to begin the process of detailed planning and concept design. The planning and design process will further define the functions, spaces and occupants for this facility and generate visual tools, including renderings and computer models. These deliverables will be used to assist with fund raising activities which are underway.

Under the current schedule, detailed design is scheduled to begin in May of 2014, and assuming funding is secured, construction will begin following graduation in 2015 and should be completed in 18-24 months.

A Building Committee has been established to serve as a link between the Architects, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas of Norfolk and the Hampden-Sydney community. WM Jordon of Richmond will provide pricing and constructability support during the programming and concept design phase.

The College is seeking broad participation from the student body and other stakeholders during the critical planning and concept stages and will host a number of open forums and focus groups throughout the process. For questions and additional information, please contact Glenn Culley, Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance, or KC Ramsay, Student Center Project Representative.

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Student Center, ground level

Student Center, framed with trusses

Student Center bricking and windows 10.14.16Student Center, bricked

Brown Student Centerview of lounge and palladian windows from catwalk

Post Office boxes installedTiger Inn reclaimed wood paneling being installed

Tiger Inn reclaimed wood paneling and tile flooring being installedPalladian windows

The bar at the new Tiger InnFountain installation on the terrace

view of lounge with fireplaceLounge fireplace with stones and view of catwalk