By LYNETTE HAALAND
Four Points News
Concordia University Texas nearly doubled its on-campus living capacity by opening the new $19 million Regents Hall in late August in Four Points.
There are now 400 students living on campus. Concordia’s capacity was 273 before now. The university will have more than 1,900 students enrolled for the 2022-23 academic year when enrollment finishes.
The brand-new Regents Hall provides a home away from home for up to 234 Concordia students, yet all students can find a place to read, study, and collaborate on the first floor.
“The explosive growth of the 620 corridor between 2222 and Anderson Mill Road has aligned with Concordia’s move to the area back in 2008,” said Don Christian, Concordia president and CEO. “This additional living space opens up even more opportunities for economic growth in the community.”
Concordia’s third residence hall puts the emphasis on collaborative learning, technology, and student relationships.
“Students today are really focused on why they’re at college—to study, earn a good degree and get a good job when they leave,” explained Dan Gregory, vice president of administration. “They’re looking for places (to live) that support that, and Concordia provides it by creating spaces where life-changing experiences occur through learning, relationships and growth.”
Dining turns family-style at Regents with a fully-equipped kitchen that has a large island and restaurant-style seating. An outdoor amphitheater will provide a space for university events and gatherings as well as study, relaxation and socializing.
“Concordia remains committed to making on-campus housing affordable. A pricing structure for all on-campus housing will keep living on campus accessible to students from a range of economic backgrounds,” Christian said.
“Regents Hall’s design will welcome and support all students, ensuring that more students have proximity to all support services—academic, career, spiritual, and disability,” he added.
The new residence hall’s location and design were developed in accordance with environmental guidelines that protect the adjacent 400+-acre nature-preserve.
Concordia moved to Four Points in 2008 and is Austin’s leading Christian university offering a range of liberal arts undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.
Approved by Concordia’s Board of Regents in February 2020, this building is named in recognition of all who have served in that capacity for the past 96 years.
Concordia administrators, board members and students cut the ribbon during a ceremony on August 26.
The four-story Regents Hall was developed by American Campus Communities (Michael Cipriano, project lead), designed by STG Design (Jack Tisdale, principal), and constructed by Davis Brothers Construction (Thomas Davis, president). Frost Bank provided financing. Numerous donors graciously provided gifts to help Concordia expand its living and learning community on campus.