BY DANZA JOHNSON
OXFORD – Another step in the Inn at Ole Miss Campaign took place Saturday with the groundbreaking for an eight-story addition to the University of Mississippi campus hotel.
The Inn at Ole Miss, formerly the named the Alumni House, is a 96-room hotel located near the law school. The first phase of construction will add 40 two-room suites and 10 larger special suits. Other parts of the hotel’s expansion include a 6,800-square-foot ballroom, a cafe, fitness center and multiple meeting rooms.
Tim Walsh, campaign coordinator and senior associated director of Alumni Affairs, said the new building is another upgrade in a long line of improvements at Ole Miss.
“When people first come on campus, the Inn is often the first building they see,” said Walsh. “It has served us well for the past 50 years, so we want to bring it up to par with the rest of the campus. In recent years we’ve upgraded the football stadium, built the Ford Center and upgraded many other buildings on campus. This is another project that will benefit everyone.”
Walsh said the name was changed to Inn at Ole Miss to show it is open to more than alumni.
Seeing the dirt being turned at the groundbreaking was a dream come true for Tupelo resident David Brevard, chair of the Campaign Steering Committee.
“This is a great day for the Ole Miss family,” said Brevard. “Our dream for an enlarged hotel on campus is becoming a reality today. We’ve had so many people to help us make this day a reality that I’m glad to say that it’s finally going to happen. It took a lot of time and hard work but we’re getting it done.”
Nearly 400 people chipped in to donate $12.1 million dollars to make the project a reality. Phase one of the construction will start on the building Tuesday. Ole Miss continues to seek gifts and pledges for other parts of the construction on the project.
“I can’t wait to see this beautiful building on our campus,” said Brevard. “It’s going to be something.”
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