NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University celebrated the opening of its biggest residence hall on Monday morning.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher were on hand for the ribbon-cutting for Two Oaks Hall, located on a hill of the campus’ south side. The 139,000 square-foot building has stunning views of the downtown Nashville skyline from the top floors.
This weekend, 415 upperclassmen students will move in to the hall's apartment-style and suite-style rooms.
The dorm has more square footage and features a dozen more beds than the University’s 12 other residence halls. It also has a common study area on each floor with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard
The building is named for two large oak trees on the site, and it was designed to save the trees that provide shade for the building and its courtyard.
Officials said it also includes the expansion and extension of the Thrailkill Garage to accommodate an additional 352 vehicles.
More residential and parking space was necessitated by Belmont's enrollment expansion. Since 2000, enrollment has more than doubled at the private university.
Classes start back August 20.