Virginia Tech transforms hotel to student housing ahead of move-in date


The former Holiday Inn Express on Plantation Road in Blacksburg is now a student residence hall.

Known as HIE student housing, the building ended hotel occupancy on August 10th. Now, Virginia Tech has about a week left to get the hotel rooms turned dorm rooms ready for the students.

“They’ll say I’d like to live in this building, I’d like to live in this housing scenario, I’d like to have this roommate. Whatever they would like to have happen. We take all that data and then we’ll make our housing assignments through a lottery system,” says Virginia Tech university spokesperson Mark Owczarski.

There are enough double occupancy rooms in the building to house nearly 200 students. There will also be a resident advisor on each floor in a single occupancy room.

“That’s to accommodate the opportunity to meet with students, to provide support and counseling, to give people perhaps a space to have private conversations, things of that nature,” says Owczarski.

Virginia Tech says the same security measures that are present at other residence halls will also be present at HIE student housing. The building will be locked at all times with key card access for students, and the building will be under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Tech police.

“Along those same lines, we increased the Wifi strength here to make sure VT alerts are able to be received here at the same level as all our facilities on campus,” says Owczarski.

Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on the rooms to get them ready for move-in day. That will take place Wednesday, August 21st.

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