Montclair State to Break Ground on Two New Academic Buildings

Montclair State 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.

The $121-million 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

The $55-million, 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

The 143,000-square-foot 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!