Release Date: July 29, 2013
The Board of Trustees of Montclair State University has authorized the award of a $102-million contract to Terminal Construction Corporation to provide general contractor services in support of the construction of two new state-of-the-art academic buildings on the University’s main campus.
The buildings are a Center for Environmental and Life Sciences facility for the College of Science and Mathematics and a new main building for the School of Business.
These two shovel-ready projects, along with certain information technology improvements, are being partially funded by the State of New Jersey. With the support of both the Governor and the Legislature, the State earlier this year awarded nearly $94 million in funding to the University – more than the amount received by any other senior public or private institution – from the $750 million “Building Our Future” Bond Act that was approved by voters in November 2012. The bond act represents the first major State capital investment in university and college facilities in more than a quarter of a century.
In announcing the list of funded projects in April, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie noted that the capital improvements would help the state’s higher education institutions stay competitive, retain top students and “make our colleges more attractive research partners for industries looking to bring good paying jobs and businesses here.”
“This substantial and catalytic investment by the State will greatly benefit both New Jersey’s students and economy by building upon critical areas of expertise and excellence that reside in our strong, high-demand programs in business and the sciences,” says University President Susan A. Cole. By creating 1,500 construction and support jobs, the Montclair State projects also will provide a significant boost to state and local economies.
With groundbreaking scheduled for September for both buildings, Montclair State is the first school to begin construction on its State-funded projects, which are expected to be completed by spring 2015.
“These are urgently needed facilities,” notes Cole.
The $55-million, 107,500-square-foot Center for Environmental and Life Sciences will expand the University’s science and research infrastructure by 50 percent. Its state-of-the-art classrooms and research labs will support programs and research in sustainability science, pharmaceutical biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, as well as for biological, computing and mathematical sciences.
The School of Business will replace its current outmoded home with a $66-million, 143,000-square-foot building that will house a 150-seat lecture hall, high-tech classrooms and computer labs, as well as market research/analysis labs and a financial trading floor. It will also be the home of the University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.“Capital improvements such as these are essential to the future of Montclair State and of all New Jersey’s great institutions of higher learning,” says Cole. “These projects herald a new era for Montclair State and for higher education in New Jersey.”