University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, September 25, for
two new buildings: a Center for Environmental and Life Sciences and a School of
Business facility. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Student
Center Plaza (in the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Memorial
Auditorium) and is open to the entire University community and the public.
construction projects are being partially funded by the State of New Jersey. In
April, the University was awarded nearly $94 million in state funding – more
than any other senior public or private institution – from the $750-million
“Building Our Future” Bond Act approved by voters in November 2012. The Bond
Act is the state’s first major capital investment in higher education
facilities in more than 25 years.
The buildings are scheduled to be completed
by spring 2015. These major building projects will generate more than 1,500
construction and support jobs and will also provide a significant boost to
state and local economies.
“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 Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole.
Center for Environmental and Life Sciences
107,500-square-foot Center for Environmental and Life Sciences will expand the
University’s science research infrastructure by 50 percent. State-of-the-art
classrooms and research labs will support programs and research in
sustainability science, pharmaceutical biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, as
well as in biological, computing and mathematical sciences. Designed to foster
collaborative research and industry partnerships, the Center will also house
the University’s Sokol Institute for the Pharmaceutical Life Sciences; PSEG
Institute for Sustainability Studies; and Passaic River Institute.
School of Business
School of Business building will provide students with a $66-million high-tech
learning environment featuring a 150-seat lecture hall, classrooms and computer
labs, as well as market research/analysis labs and a financial trading floor. A
hub for the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for
Corporate Social Responsibility, the new building will also facilitate dynamic
partnerships with the New Jersey business community.
All Montclair State students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony we hope to see you there!