Oak Hill Residences, Berry’s new student housing center in the transformed Sunrise Inn & Suites, greets first students as classes begin Monday.

Oak Hill Residences, Berry’s new student housing center in the transformed Sunrise Inn & Suites, greets first students as classes begin Monday.

 

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It was a busy summer for CEVIAN Design Lab and Brasfield & Gorrie, transforming the former Sunrise Inn & Suites into Berry College dorm rooms under the new name of Oak Hhill Residences.

Based at 1610 Martha Berry Blvd., adjacent to Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum, the former hotel was quickly converted into student housing in time for the fall semester which starts Monday (Take a closer look).

“We had a ‘soft open’ Wednesday night, with the rest of the residents moving in over the weekend,” says Lindsey Taylor, Berry’s vice president of student affairs. “We are housing roughly 80 students. Work will continue in some areas of the property this fall. We anticipate additional renovations but scope and timeline of those plans are still undetermined.

“We appreciate all the support the college has received on this project from the Rome community.”

Oak Hill Residences will house students in two-person units that each include a private bathroom. The living space – larger than traditional, double rooms –have a contemporary style. Resident assistants and a professional staff member will also reside in the community (from an earlier Berry release).

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