Berry College Announces Location for New Continuing Care Retirement Community

Construction to begin for senior living community on America’s biggest, most beautiful college campus

ROME, GEORGIA – (October 3, 2018) – Classes are in full swing at Berry College in Rome, Georgia but more seniors will be heading to campus on October 19 for the groundbreaking of The Spires at Berry College.

These seniors, with an average age of 75, are representative of the more than 200 people who have decided to go “back to school” – to live at The Spires at Berry College, and be part of a continuing care retirement community set on 48 acres of Berry College’s sprawling campus.

The October 19 groundbreaking ceremony, to be held at the Christopher Browning Pavilion on the campus of Berry College, will be a celebration of the school’s visionary project that will bring about 300 senior residents to the campus starting in 2020.

“It’s beyond what most people imagine in a retirement community,” says Dr. Steve Briggs, President of Berry College. “It’s the opportunity to be on a college campus again and really make the most of it—music and arts performances, public speakers, classes, sports events, and much more.”

The Spires has welcomed several teaching professionals and retirees – those with affiliations to Berry College and those with strong connections to the Rome area and beyond. Buster Wright, a depositor at The Spires, was born and raised in Rome, Georgia and graduated from Berry College. “My wife Janice and I are looking forward to the ability to downsize in a community of like-minded people, and to live on a beautiful campus which both of us love dearly,” says Mr. Wright.

The Spires at Berry College will create the opportunity for intergenerational engagement and interaction—a unique benefit for residents of a continuing care retirement community, and a valuable advantage for college students.

The groundbreaking weekend will include the ceremonial shovel-turning on Friday, October 19 at 11am, along with tours of The Spires construction site along Eagle Lake. The celebration will continue Saturday with a tailgate party hosted by The Spires before the Vikings’ football game at the Valhalla Stadium. Anyone interested in learning more about The Spires is welcome to attend.

For more information or to apply for residence at The Spires, call 706-368-9955 or visit

About The Spires at Berry College

The Spires at Berry College is a visionary new Continuing Care Retirement Community to be opened in 2020 alongside pristine Eagle Lake at the foot of Lavender Mountain, nestled on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia – “America’s most beautiful college campus.” The Spires will offer the security of accessible healthcare services, including renowned medical centers in downtown Rome only minutes away, and spacious apartments and cottages equipped with lifestyle amenities. The Spires will provide lakeside senior living for the un-retiring retirees. For more information, please visit

About Berry College

Berry College is recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. College leaders from across the country chose Berry as the nation’s number one “Up-And-Coming” liberal arts college, according to recent U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. For more information, please visit