Robert Morris buys Moon hotel for student housing

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Robert Morris University today announced it is buying the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport for student housing.

Located less than a mile from the Moon campus, the hotel now houses 144 students as well as regular hotel guests.

This fall, Robert Morris has 1,679 in campus housing, including the Holiday Inn. That's an increase of 86 percent since 2000.

The university also this fall opened a new residence hall for 190 students, Peter Salem Hall.

At least through 2012, the Holiday Inn building will continue to serve students on dedicated floors as well as regular hotel guests on other floors. Eventually, the building will house 500 students. The hotel, located on 17 acres, has a fitness center, a swimming pool and 12,000 square feet of conference space.

""This facility will allow us to manage our growth strategically and continue to provide our students with high-quality residential and recreational spaces." said President Gregory G. Dell'Omo.

John Michalenko, university vice president for student life, said, "This growth of residential enrollment is an important component of RMU's strategic plan, which calls on the university to boost student retention and graduation rates. National research and our own experience demonstrate a strong relationship between living on campus and improved academic performance."

Robert Morris has about 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.


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