Photo from Newman Architects, sourced in CT Insider report.

The University began construction of a new sophomore residence hall in early August. While limited press from the University has emerged just yet, a recent report from CT Insider reveals several important details about the project. CT Insider reporter Josh LaBella disclosed the following information about the new residence hall, “Regis West.”

The residence hall is being built behind Regis Hall, adjacent to Jogues Hall and near Round Hill Road. Its proximity to the street has raised concerns from Fairfield residents and the Zoning Board of Appeals about light pollution as well as the removal of trees nearby.

Upon hearing such concerns, the University has adjusted the initial construction plans. The construction agreement with the ZBA now calls for more trees planted on Round Hill Road as well as a light dimmer built on the building’s exterior.

“Regis West” will measure 46 feet tall and include 165 bedrooms. The residence hall is part of the University’s initiative to increase its undergraduate population to approximately 5,000 students. 

According to the University’s attorney, John Fallon, the building was initially intended to be taller. The final measurements were decided, however, upon feedback from the ZBA as well as local residents. “Regis West” will have four floors upon its completion.

The construction of “Regis West” is part of the University’s larger $225 million improvement plan, John Fallon relays.