State to Fund Nearly $94M for Capital Projects

State to fund nearly $94M for capital projectsMontclair State University is poised to receive almost $94 million in State of New Jersey bond funding to expand its research and academic facilities and to upgrade its technology infrastructure when the Legislature approves the $1.3 billion higher education capital improvements package.

The University’s Center for Environmental and Life Sciences and the new School of Business building are two of the 176 shovel-ready projects proposed for legislative approval by Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey State Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks. The Building Our Future Bond Act—which voters approved in November 2012—marks the first time in 25 years that the state has provided funding for capital improvements at New Jersey colleges and universities.

The two buildings at Montclair State will support growing academic and research needs in the areas of science and business. The $55-million 100,000-square-foot Center for Environmental and Life Sciences will expand the University’s science research infrastructure by 50 percent. The new facility will include teaching and research laboratories for the environmental and life sciences, a microscopy suite, and space to accommodate research partnerships with collaborating businesses.

“The project will support academic programs and cross-disciplinary research in the environmental and life sciences with a focus on sustainability science, pharmaceutical biochemistry and medicinal chemistry,” says College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant.

The School of Business will replace its current, 40-year-old building with a new 143,000-square-foot, high-tech facility. The $66-million project will create an environment with sophisticated technology, along with computer, market research and business analysis labs. “This project will allow us truly to be a business school able to meet the 21st-century needs of New Jersey’s economy,” says School of Business Dean E. LaBrent Chrite.

A rendering of the future Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (above) and interior renderings of the new School of Business.