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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Tours Available on NJIT Campus of Residence Hall Designed by Acclaimed Architect Michael Graves

Media tours are available of Laurel Hall, designed by prominent Princeton architect Michael raves. The building is the newest residence hall at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The five-story, T-shaped building resembles a row of brick townhouses accented by attention-grabbing tall chrome-yellow columns.

The tours of Laurel Hall North and South, 141 Summit Street, Newark, can be arranged starting August 26. Students will be moving in throughout Labor Day weekend. Call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, for more information. Architecture students will be available as tour guides. The School of Architecture (SOA) at NJIT is one of the nation’s largest architecture schools.

“The hall’s bright, almost whimsical, exterior colors entice people to stop and enter. Once inside, however, calming peach dominates the walls,” says Adam Wright, of Egg Harbor, a fifth-year architecture student. Wright, a resident advisor, will begin living this semester, his second year in this hall.

Other notable interior features, says Wright, are large, glass-walled and light-filled lounges which encourage and facilitate studying. Elevators on upper floors intentionally empty onto rotundas, a Graves’ signature. “Students love to use the rotundas as convivial, circular meeting rooms,” he adds.

About 600 students live in Laurel Hall, raising the number of on-campus residents at NJIT to 1500. This number has mushroomed since the early 1980s when NJIT built Newark’s first college residence hall. Today the NJIT campus features six halls that serve 17 percent of the university population. Plans to build a seventh hall exist, says Bill Anderson, Ph.D., dean of admission.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.