Randolph Hall is an academic building that is used largely by the College of Engineering.
The building is home to many research spaces, including the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, a facility for graduate and undergraduate robotics research and education with an emphasis on studying novel mobile robot locomotion strategies.
A 6-foot-tall stability wind tunnel, acquired from National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, is attached to the building. Valued at $1 million at the time, the tunnel was acquired for about $1,700 as surplus equipment.
The name Randolph Hall remembers the contributions of Lingan Strother Randolph, professor of mechanical engineering, head of the mechanical engineering department, and dean of engineering from 1893 to 1918. An entertaining speaker and inspirational professor, Randolph helped design and construct a campus water system and helped plan and design many college buildings. He was instrumental in building a railroad spur to Blacksburg, Va., presided over the Brush Mountain Coal Co., and was the charter president of the Montgomery Golf Club.
Randolph Hall was constructed in two sections. The west section was completed in 1952, and the east section was added in 1959.
Address: 460 Old Turner St. | Map Grid: L-3
Originally Built: 1959 | Abbreviation: RAND
Latitude: 37.2304 | Longitude: -80.42368