New Jersey Institute of Technology Breaks Ground For $83-Million Complex

NNEWARK, August 30--Students, faculty, and staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently watched with excitement as demolition crews tore down the universityís former alumni building to allow construction of the long-awaited $83-million, 375,000 square-foot two-building complex. The international firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects designed the complex in association with Cody Eckert & Associates, PA of Princeton Junction.

The new complex, to be located on the corner of what is now Bleeker and Summit streets, consists of a four-story, 190,000 square-foot greatly enlarged campus center with an adjacent six-story, 185,000 square-foot multi-purpose building.

Slated to be completed in 2004, the project will be funded by the New Jersey Capital Improvement Fund, NJIT fund raising, NJIT debt, and student fees. The complex will be the 14th major building project since 1985 on the NJIT campus.

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"NJIT is a student-centered university and a new campus center has been a priority for a long time. With almost half our fulltime undergraduates living on campus, the new center is an important quality of life initiative," says Saul K. Fenster, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since 1998, NJIT's total enrollment has increased almost 10 percent and Ph.D. graduates have doubled from 33 to 66. On September 1, a fifth new residence hall will open to accommodate 300 students, bringing the total number of campus residents to 1500. One reason for the increase in enrollment has been a growing public awareness that NJIT is one of New Jersey's three major public research universities and a ranking national university.  

"It will be a magnificent new campus complex with more parking, meeting rooms, an outdoor roof garden with seating, a two-story student lounge, and an enlarged woman's center," says Fenster.

More features of the new campus center include a bookstore, a convenience store, six-lane bowling alley, and computer center. From the first and second floors, a two-story glass wall will overlook the campus green.

The new multi-purpose building permits significant relocations within the campus providing substantial increases for the library, the College of Computing Sciences, and the College of Science and Liberal Arts. Included in the multi-purpose structure will be the department of biomedical engineering, the admissions office, the honors college, graduate division, Continuing Professional Education and a number of senior administrative offices.

During its 31 years of practice, Gwathmey Siegel has completed over 300 projects for corporate, educational, cultural, healthcare, and other clients in the U.S. and abroad. The firm's work in New Jersey includes buildings on the Princeton University campus. Other well-known works include the renovation and addition to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, and the Science, Industry and Business Library for the New York Public Library, Manhattan.

Cody Eckert & Associates, PA, Princeton, is an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in architecture, planning and interior design services. Established in 1983 by Cody Eckert, the firm has participated in a variety of projects in the eastern U.S.


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.

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