New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie today visited the NJIT campus to spotlight the ongoing renovation of NJIT's Central King Building (formerly Newark’s Central High) into a state-of-the art technology center. Funding for the effort – $86 million—resulted from passage last November of New Jersey’s largest-ever bond issue to benefit higher education. NJIT President Joel S. Bloom and NJIT Board of Trustee President and alumnus Steve DePalma each spoke briefly before New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks introduced the governor.Christie then highlighted his commitment to higher education spending as the best way to stop the brain drain and keep NJ’s high school students home. He touted the newest NJIT facility, the largest single project supported by funds from the Building Our Future Bond Act. The Central King Building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art STEM teaching and learning hub to provide technological resources bolstering NJIT’s research, instructional, and academic support programs.
Once completed in 2016, the renovated 220,000 square-foot Central King Building, built in 1911, will become a campus and community landmark that houses a Center for Innovation and Discovery, a Biological Sciences Education and Research Center and teaching and learning centers. This building will overflow with spaces to facilitate hands-on application of science and technology, spur innovation and encourage cross- and multi-disciplinary collaboration. NJIT’s Central King Building will embody a convergence of engineering, technology, and the life sciences—three of the most rapidly growing areas of workforce demand and economic development for New Jersey.