FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Birmingham-Southern College's
first suite-style residence hall for men will officially be designated
as the Bill and Lyndra Daniel Residence Hall during dedication ceremonies
on campus Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon.
The facility is being renamed in honor of
Charles W. "Bill" and Lyndra Daniel of Birmingham for
their significant contribution toward a $3.2 million reconfiguration
and renovation project begun last October that transformed the residence
hall into three- and four- bedroom suites.
Originally constructed in 1957 as North
Residence Hall, the four-story Daniel Hall re-opened in August for
the beginning of the fall 2002 academic term. It houses 67 male
Each of the suites in the Bill and Lyndra
Daniel Residence Hall includes a private bathroom, a common living
area, and carpeting throughout. A computer lab is located in the
residence hall for student use, and an elevator goes to all floors.
Bill Daniel, who attended The Citadel, is
founder and president of Dantract Inc., a real estate investment
firm. He has been a member of the Birmingham-Southern Board of Trustees
since 1981, serving on its Executive Committee and as a co-chair
for Phase II of the college's 21st Century Campaign. Lyndra Daniel
served as one of the first chairs of Birmingham-Southern's Arts
Council and as a longtime member the college's GALA Committee, currently
as a member of its Executive Committee.
"Thanks to the support of Bill and
Lyndra Daniel, this greatly enhanced residence hall offers the most
modern in on-campus living arrangements for our men students,"
said BSC President Dr. Neal R. Berte. "A well-rounded and engaging
campus life is an integral part of the educational experience at
Birmingham-Southern, and it's important that our students have living
opportunities that are both modern and rewarding."
Birmingham-Southern is a mostly residential
campus, with almost 90 percent of the students living in on-campus
housing. The college currently offers suite-style accommodations
for women students in its seven-story Bruno and Goodwin residence
The general contractor for the reconfiguration
and renovation project was Rives Construction Co. Inc. of Birmingham,
and the architect was Gardner Architects of Birmingham.