Regis University’s DeSmet Hall to Receive $21 Million Makeover

December 21, 2018

Regis University’s DeSmet Residence Hall will receive a $21 million makeover.

The project will begin in April and is expected to be completed by July 2020.

Some of the upgrades include the addition of 104 beds, four student lounges and three classrooms. An elevator also will be added to make the space more accessible.

At least $18 million from outside investors will be added with Regis’ deferred maintenance project renewal fund to create a total project cost of almost $21 million.

“We have a phrase, ‘Where students live, where students learn and where students gather,’” said Regis’ Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Salvador Aceves. “This project will meet all of those.”

 No students will be displaced as a result of the project, which will begin with demolition of the southside of the building. The original part of the building will get a makeover, including having new carpet, updated bathrooms and new signage, among other things.

“This project is connected to the Master Plan that frames the longer-term growth and redevelopment of our campus,” Aceves said.

Beck Construction Firm will complete the project.

DeSmet was built in 1964 and the name will remain the same after the remodel.

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