August 24, 2001
WHAT: We're thrilled at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, to announce the opening of a new dorm designed by internationally acclaimed Princeton architect Michael Graves. The building, shaped like a "T," includes a five-story, 250-foot long series of townhouses accented by an orange brick exterior, chrome yellow columns, dark turquoise window frames and on one end a startling yellow ceramic brick entry. Both halves feature large, light-filled lounges and stairwells, rotundas for floor lobbies, and a landscaped alley dominated by park benches and tall leafy trees set in cement. Keeping with NJIT's status as the nation's most wired campus, rooms accommodate maximum electronic equipment. An interior cement block construction insures safety from fire.
More signature Graves' colors dominate the interior with peach-colored hallways and rooms and light turquoise lobbies. Suites feature generously wide entrance halls -plus two separate bedrooms and a light-filled lounge. About 300 students will live in the dorm raising the number of on-campus residents to 1500. NJIT, is one of four colleges located in the University Height section of Newark, adjacent to Newark's business district.
As the parent of a 2001 college graduate and 17-year-old who can't wait to leave home, I've done many a dorm walk. This residence hall fascinated me because, well, I simply wanted to know how the famous architect Michael Graves thinks college kids should live. I thought other parents around the nation might be interested, too. Especially since so many of them will deposit their youngsters in dorms over the next few weeks.
WHEN: Private building tours for the press can be arranged 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting September 3. Students who live in the new dorm will be available for interviews and to show off their rooms.
WHERE: Laurel Hall North and South, 141 Summit Street, Newark.
HOW: Call the NJIT Department of Public Relations to arrange for parking and tours.
NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.