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Regis breaks ground for Master PlanMay 28, 2014
Regis College began a new phase of its history last week when it held a Groundbreaking Ceremony to launch Phase I implementation of its Master Plan. Phase I of the plan includes a new green quadrangle, adding a new 72-bed wing to Maria Hall Dormitory, and reimagining the College Library. In addition, upgrades to the water, steam and electrical services will occur campus wide, and updated sprinklers will be added to all the residence halls.
Left to right are graduate student representative Alexa Nicholls; recently graduated Carolyn Roche ’14; Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, President, Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston; Joan Shea, MBA, Chair, Regis College Board of Trustees; President Antoinette Hays, Kelly Moran, President, Alumni Board; Associate Professor of Mathematics, Cristina Squeff, PhD; Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Beth Scanlon.
The new quad, a green open space, will become a central gathering place for students and will transform the pedestrian experience. The existing parking lot will be relocated to a new lot near the Spellman Museum. The updated library vestibule will be ADA compliant and will include a Dunkin Donuts café while changes in the library itself will create additional space for study and gathering.
This past year, the residential student population outgrew the housing capacity on campus, and a number of students were placed in a nearby hotel. The new wing to Maria Hall will add contemporary, suite-style rooms to the roster of residence locations on campus, allowing Regis to have the supply to meet the demand.
“We are transforming the Regis campus for graduate and undergraduate students,” said Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “All of this couldn’t have been done without our great partnerships with Sasaki Associates, Suffolk Construction, Colliers International, RFS Engineering and Century Bank.”
The Master Plan was developed by Regis administrators in campus-wide consultation and by the acclaimed architecture/design firm of Sasaki Associates. The Master Plan identifies an array of near- and longer-term projects to address current needs and opportunities and to enable future growth.
“The future for Regis is filled with growth,” said Regis Board of Trustees Chair Joan Shea, MBA. “The Master Plan was created with the twenty-second century student in mind.”
Phase I transformation is expected to be completed by September 2015. Future phases of the 10-year Master Plan include significant renovations to College Hall, the Chapel, Alumnae Hall, the Science Building, the athletics complex, Morrison House, and residence halls.