NOTRE DAME, IN—The Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame will reopen to the public this Friday following a more than $30 million renovation and expansion.
Closed for the redesign since last October, the hotel’s new Gothic exterior better aligns with the architecture of other campus buildings, according to the University of Notre Dame, which owns and operates the property. The interior features rich, navy furnishings, light-colored custom millwork and golden paint tones.
The expansion increased the total square footage of the building from 72,000 sq. ft. to 137, 500 sq. ft. The number of guestrooms increased from 92 to 150. In addition, the hotel almost doubled its employee base, with 120 persons now on staff.
The expansion included a 300-seat ballroom and adjacent pre-function space with a separate entrance. The hotel now offers 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in conjunction with Notre Dame Conference Center.
The historic Sorin’s restaurant was preserved and two additional dining options were created: Rohr’s, a casual pub located off the lobby, and Fireside Terrace, an outdoor space serving the menu from Rohr’s. Three new private dining rooms were added.
The building is currently seeking LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include a green roof for stormwater management and improved air quality; a recycling program; water filtration systems on every floor; and LED lights throughout the building.