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May 6, 2008
By Zanny Marsh
It’s proved once again that history repeats itself on campus.
The University Inn, at North Virginia and 10th streets, shuttered its hotel doors in December 2006. The facility has undergone necessary renovation to provide an additional residence hall option for upper-division University students. The newly named “Sierra Hall” is scheduled to open this June with accommodations for 289 beds. All rooms are reserved.
“The University Inn was originally designed as a residence hall in 1967, and was later converted to the hotel,” said Stephen Mischissin, assistant director for planning and design in the University’s Facilities Services office. “We have updated the facility to offer students a comfortable living experience.”
Sierra Hall will offer wireless data access on the first and second floors, classroom space off the lobby and lounges on the fourth and fifth floors. The former dining commons has been converted into a large multi-purpose room.
Several life-safety upgrades have been installed including new fire alarm and detection systems, fire pump and a water storage system. A new cooling tower and new mechanical systems have also been installed.
Sierra Hall rooms have private baths and secure, card-reader key locks, and each room includes two data jacks and cable television access.
There are 120 designated parking spaces for Sierra Hall residents; 30 spaces are allocated for the College of Extended Studies and National Judicial College.