MEDIA ADVISORY

Website: http://www.njit.edu
For Immediate Release
August 22, 2003

Contact:  Sheryl Weinstein
                Public Relations
                (973) 596-3436
                weinstein@njit.edu


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

Editors: Photos of this hall will spruce up your back-to-school coverage. Graves work is a natural for the camera.

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.



 
 

NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. NJIT ranks in Tier 2 of U.S. News & World Report’s list of national doctoral universities.


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