Child Care Center tower interior during construction

Construction Projects

Capital Planning & Project Management provides professional and technical consulting and project management services to the University community as it relates to the initiation, organization and management of campus planning, space management, facility design, capital construction and facility renewal initiatives. By doing so, the University environment enriches the academic and residential facilities, insures code compliance and provides a safe environment for the University community.

For a list of projects currently out for bid, please see Procurement Bidding Opportunities.

Current Projects

College Hall Renovation

This project consists of a phased renovation of the University’s original building to facilitate centralizing the academic support services of: Admissions; Financial Aid; Advising; EOF; CADA; Adult Services Center; ASRP; Career Services; CoopEd; DRC; Registrar; Student Account Services; Enrollment Management; and the Office of the VP Student Development and Campus Life. Along with the aforementioned functional changes, this project will life cycle renovate this 105 year old building.

Phase One will be the construction of an addition on the first floor of the building.

Phase Two will complete the second and third floors of the addition and the renovation of the original building. The addition will be located on the northern side of the building, where the bridge exists today, and will be oriented towards the center of campus.

Within the addition on the first floor will be a new Utilities Infrastructure Vault that will house critical services such as steam, chilled water and electrical distribution systems, a telecommunications equipment room, and network operations center.

The second floor will be a two-story atrium and home to Red Hawk Central, the campus hub for all admissions and academic support services.

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Mallory Hall Renovation

The project consists of a major renovation and expansion of Mallory Hall, a 52-year old, 34,400 GSF building into a state-of-the-art 43,800 GSF instructional and research facility for the Computer Sciences. The project will add a fourth floor to the existing building and will repurpose the existing space to house classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms, student study and project spaces, and specialized research and instructional spaces. The facility will also house several specialized Biology research laboratories. The building will be life cycle renovated to include a new heating and cooling system, plumbing and electrical upgrades, life safety systems replacement, environmental systems remediation, new flooring, ceilings, and walls and a new exterior façade and roof system.

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Completed Projects

2017 - School of Communication and Media

The new School of Communication and Media building will be a 105,000-square-foot facility that will join together what is now Morehead Hall and Life Hall into a single, multi-functional communications and multimedia facility.

The new building will be equipped with a leading-edge, multi-platform “newsroom of the future,” along with a 150-seat presentation hall, broadcast studios, integrated media lab, film screening room, and acting and dance studios.

The new arts and sciences quad will be completed in phases and will feature a center pathway lined with larger trees and bordered by lawn areas, ornamental trees and plantings. Benches, seating areas and new lighting are among the many planned improvements.

2017 - School of Business

The Feliciano School of Business is a six-story, 143,000 square foot structure located adjacent to University Hall. The facility houses instructional spaces, administrative offices, conference and seminar rooms, departmental suites, group study rooms, large common lobby and lounge spaces, a café and an open/surface parking lot.

The lower level of the building houses academic classrooms and a limited amount of parking. A separate entrance from the covered parking area brings visitors to a lobby providing elevator access to the floors above and a master staircase which leads to the cafeteria or the building atrium on the first floor.

Entrance to the first floor is either from the upper quad through the main lobby or from the lower level master staircase. The building is designed around a central atrium which connects the remaining five floors with a monumental stair. The first and second floors are designed to create a dynamic, energetic feel that supports student needs and services. The purpose of these floors is to create a series of transparent and semi-transparent spaces where student and faculty can meet and intermingle, accomplished via the use of wood-framed glass doors and window systems. Surrounding the atrium on the first floor are a series of small group study rooms, the Student Services Suite, the Executive Education Multi-Purpose Room, a large lecture hall and student lounge. The atrium on the second floor is ringed by additional small group study rooms and the graduate lounge all of which have large windows overlooking the floor below.

Floors 3 through 5 incorporate a mix of academic offices and classroom areas clustered into distinct zones and separated by department offices, and seminar and conference rooms.

The design of the building complements and draws from the Spanish Mission architectural design vocabulary used in University Hall. The building will exemplify the University’s commitment to sustainable design and its intent to achieve a Silver LEED rating. Audio/Visual and technology systems shall be designed as an integral part of the building’s infrastructure to help support the teaching curriculum.

2017 - Partridge Hall Renovation

Partridge Hall was renovated to become the home of The Graduate School and The School of Nursing. Construction on this 50,000 square foot renovation is scheduled to begin by the end of October 2015, and the newly renovated building is scheduled to open in Fall 2016.

The Nursing portion of Partridge Hall will include mediated classrooms and specialized spaces, such as a nursing skills lab, an anatomy lab, high-fidelity simulation labs outfitted with state-of-the-art computer interfaced mannequins, a home care lab, a mock quarantine room and computer labs, as well as faculty offices and student and faculty/staff gathering and meeting spaces. A large portion of the ground floor of Partridge will be devoted to a gathering and study space for graduate students and nursing students.

2017 - Stone Hall Renovation

This renovation project will restore the building’s use as a Residence Hall and will life cycle renovate this 60 year old building; inclusive of a new heating/cooling system, electrical upgrades, environmental material removal, new windows, new roof, painting, and some modest exterior building and site improvements.

2016 - Overlook Tower 3rd Floor Renovation

As part of readying College Hall for a major renovation to become an integrated student services site and moving toward the end of our leasing arrangements at 855 Valley Road, we renovated 51,000 GSF of office space that comprises the entirety of the third floor of the Overlook Tower which is located on the northern edge of campus.

The project scope includes corporate office type spaces consisting of open plan furniture systems; shared file, production, and storage rooms; and glass enclosed office and conference rooms. The interior layout provides for approximately 175 modern workstations that will be clustered along the windows allowing natural light to penetrate the core where there will be ample shared meeting and conference rooms.

2016 - Softball Stadium Upgrades

A complete renovation of the softball stadium was completed in 2016. Upgrades include a new synthetic turf outfield, a new clay infield, new seating, and a new chain link fence which provides a deeper outfield. The building was painted inside and out, and new lettering was installed on the exterior. A new Red Hawk graphic was installed in the outfield turf, and new MSU banners were installed in the dugouts. The batting cages and bull pens were upgraded with new netting and artificial turf.

2015 - Center for Clinical Services Renovation

Formerly the Ward Trucking site, the building at 147 Clove Road received a complete renovation of its east wing, which was turned into a modern, integrated clinical services site known as the Center for Clinical Services. This building houses clinical programs for both the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Particular care was given in the design of this space to meet the specialized needs of the different clinical programs while, at the same time, enhancing opportunities for collaborations and shared use of space.

2015 - Center for Environmental and Life Sciences

The Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) project is designed to include 90,000 to 100,000 gross square feet of new academic and research space and associated development on the site of McEachern Hall. This facility will consolidate and foster a new identity and hub of activity for the University’s science programs.

Key components of the CELS program include: seven trans-disciplinary research lab group suites, six core research labs, a large lecture hall, five office suites, and lounge/study areas for students.

2015 - Eastern Promenade

In coordination with the construction of the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences and the School of Communication and Media building, the Eastern Promenade has been renovated.

Running from Richardson Hall to College Hall the new promenade will be constructed in phases. Fifty new lights and 40 larger trees will line the center pathway, bordered by lawn areas, benches, ornamental trees and plantings.

The first phase runs from the entrance of Richardson Hall to the front of Schmitt Hall. This phase contains several different seating and planting areas. A rain garden and boulder seating will frame the entrance of the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences.

A new seating area, with 20 benches, surrounded by plantings will be incorporated between Mallory Hall and Schmitt Hall.

This center promenade pathway will eventually continue to include the areas in front of Memorial Auditorium, Sprague Library, Morehead Hall, and the new School of Communication and Media building. This phase contains several different types of seating areas, including a new entrance plaza into Memorial Auditorium, as well as additional café tables and chairs in front of Sprague Library.

2014 - Athletic Training Research and Educational Laboratory

The Athletic Training Research and Educational Laboratory in University Hall is designed to provide students and faculty with state of the art equipment and technology to support research and instruction in sports medicine and athletic training.

A six bed athletic training clinical laboratory provides space to investigate clinical proficiency and clinical competence in a controlled setting. A state of the art hydrotherapy facility gives students and faculty a safe location to study these modalities on patients and subjects. Technology in the laboratory allows for future collaboration within and between institutions.

2014 - Nutrition and Food Science Laboratory

The new nutrition and food science laboratory in University Hall has three adjacent areas for research on food safety, new product development, nutrient assessment and sensory analysis. There is a bench top experimental area, a food preparation room and a sensory evaluation section.

2013 - Combined Heating, Cooling, and Power Project

Montclair State University and UMM Energy Partners, LLC have formed a major public-private partnership to develop a new combined heating, cooling and power (CHCP) system for the campus. Read about the partnership.

The new state-of-the-art facility and its related improvements has replaced the campus’ former energy plant which began generating steam in the 1940s and providing electricity as a co-generation plant in 1993. The project’s development resulted in more cost-effective, efficient and reliable delivery of heating, cooling and electrical services to campus buildings.

The plant provides natural gas-fired electric generation, chilled water for cooling and steam for heat. The steam, condensate and chilled water flow to and from campus buildings through the new energy distribution system. Additionally, the majority of the campus’ electricity requirements are satisfied by the onsite plant, which is designed to operate continuously, producing electric power of approximately 5.4 megawatts. The plant is located on Yogi Berra Drive, adjacent to the campus’ CarParc Diem parking garage.

Construction for the CHCP project was expected to take approximately 18 months. In addition to the new plant, the distribution piping that connects the campus buildings to the plant was installed. This required sections of roadways to be blocked off to all traffic while they were being excavated and having the new piping installed. In order to minimize the impact on the campus community, the work was done in sections spaced out over the course of the project.

2011 - John J. Cali School of Music

The John J. Cali School of Music was an adaptive re-use project that transformed a former dormitory and classroom building into a state-of-the-art teaching, practice and performance facility, and created a new “gateway” building for the campus.

Built in 1928 in the Spanish Mission Style, the building known as Chapin Hall served as a dormitory until a later renovation transformed it into a classroom and departmental office facility. In 2005, the University commissioned Hillier Architecture to renovate and expand the original structure to establish a new home for the John J. Cali School of Music.

The program called for a 250-seat recital hall; teaching studios; music practice and rehearsal rooms; and faculty offices. Another goal of the project was to achieve a rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Sustainable Design Rating System.

To accommodate the program, the design proposed a new 23,000-square-foot, 2-story addition to the original 5-story, 29,000-square-foot structure, for a total of 52,000 square feet. The need for superior acoustics required the design team to overcome several challenges posed by the building’s existing tight floor-to-floor heights and older mechanical systems. Practice rooms and teaching studios are designed as a “box within a box” for acoustic isolation from other rooms. Innovative HVAC design accommodates the low floor-to-floor height (9’8”) of the existing building for superior soundproofing and optimal humidity and temperature control.

Exterior renovations to the building reorient the main entrance to face College Avenue, a major thoroughfare on campus, rather than the quadrangle, where the original entry was located. The new façade offers a picturesque interpretation of the original Spanish Mission Style and provides a formal gateway to the campus.

2011 - The Heights

Pursuant to the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act, this student housing and dining project provides living space for 2,000 resident students and approximately 25,000 gross square feet of dining space on a northern portion of campus in what were formerly parking lots 22 and 23. The developer of this project was Capstone Development of Birmingham, Alabama.

2011 - College Avenue Promenade

In May 2010, contractors restored the historic grandeur to College Avenue as specified in the project’s planning and design phase. The scope of work included new landscaping, lighting, road curbing, sidewalks and site utilities in the area between Normal Avenue and the Red Hawk Deck. Also included within the parameters of the project was the reconstruction of the historic quad area between Chapin, Freeman, and Russ Halls.

2010 - Sinatra Hall

One of the key goals of this 309 bed 88,655 sq.ft. residence hall is to create a vibrant and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere that meets the needs of the modern higher education student. The upper floors of the six story building each house between 45-50 sophomores in six to eight bed suites, and provide a lounge that promotes social activity among residents. The first floor includes an entry foyer, community resident director suite, three additional bedroom suites, building storage and mechanical, and a multipurpose room to hold both social and academic events. Interior space planning is cognizant of appropriate adjacencies for effective and efficient operations and residents who are physically challenged. The design calls for minimum energy consumption and maximum maintenance efficiency, while blending with the Spanish Mission architectural style inherent to the campus.

2010 - CarParc Diem Deck

A 7.5 story parking structure situated on a site encompassing what was Lot 25 (adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena), Carparc Diem accommodates 1,532 cars, contributing significantly to the availability of parking on campus and the reduction of current traffic congestion.

The facility is designed in the University’s Spanish Mission style, with a walkway occurring at the southern corner of the structure that connects the facility with the existing campus pedestrian circulation system. Advanced design elements will allow for future sustainable actions to occur- paralleling the activities with University Hall and the United States Green Building Council.

2010 - Panzer Athletic Center Renovation

The renovation of Panzer Gymnasium (approximately 70,000 gross square feet) included upgrades to the competition gym, a new building entrance (façade) on College Avenue, interior upgrades, the electrical system and extensive upgrades to the HVAC system. The project was completed during the summer of 2009.

The work can be itemized as follows:

Lower Level:

A new training facility was constructed by converting the Spydel Lab into a complete training facility with an instruction area for the athletic training educational program.

The laundry facility was upgraded with new washers and dryers.

A multi-purpose room was created by renovating the current weight room.

Creation of the Women’s Officials Locker Room, and additional Women’s Team Room.

Expanded Assistant Athletic Director/ Swim Coach’s Office, and creation of additional men’s team rooms.

Upper Level:

Main Gymnasium was renovated to basically renew it to be a “new” gym as follows:

All new doors (allowing for improved security and circulation in the main level), new wood flooring throughout, six new competition backboards, new bleachers, (2) new scoreboards, (2) shot clocks (all to NCAA specifications), speaker system, lighting, floor wiring to the scorer’s table, sleeves for volleyball competition, etc.

The new color-corrected lighting was provided to achieve a much more natural light at even foot-candle distribution.

The flooring also received several new iterations of the University logo. The “Red Hawk” is prominently displayed at center court along with the University initials “MSU”. “Montclair State” is seen at each end line area.

The heating and ventilation system was completely replaced with new supply equipment and supply ductwork, diffusers, etc. Air conditioning was added to the main gymnasium.

The mechanical equipment located inside a gypsum enclosure within the roof structure of the gym was demolished. The new equipment is located on the roof of the gym facing Sprague Field. The equipment will be completely screened from view.

The gym interior walls and ceiling were re-finished.

The Conversion of the existing wrestling room into the new weight room. This includes large windows on the north side, creation of an access corridor along the side of the room, necessary electrical system upgrades to supply cardio equipment, new flooring, tiered area for cardio equipment, storage cubicles and all new fitness and strength training equipment.

The building entrance was renovated to upgrade the entrance on College Avenue to improve the image and appearance of the entire Panzer Gym facility, while making this entrance ADA compliant.

The scope also includes a two-story entry portico that creates a “face” to the Panzer Gymnasium.

Renovated the men’s and women’s bathrooms and relocated the ticket booth/concession area and control point, at the entry.


Upgraded floors walls, ceilings, etc. of all interiors to improve the image and appearance of the entire facility.

Upgraded the lighting systems with energy efficient fixtures.

A new code compliant fire alarm system was installed.

New shower valves with temperature controls.

Provided a new incoming electrical service, transformers and main distribution panels.

2008 - Student Recreation Center

Construction of a 77,000 square foot student recreation center was completed in March of 2008. The facility is located at the northern end of the campus between Blanton Hall and the Yogi Berra Museum.

The Center features a six-lane swimming pool, locker rooms, a two-court gymnasium with elevated running track, two racquetball courts, strength and cardio training areas, administrative offices and a café.

Modern state of the art exercise equipment has been installed in the exercise areas which are located on the first and second floor. The second floor treadmills provide the user with a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline.

Two multi-purpose rooms host various activities such as yoga, kick boxing, dance, aerobics, etc.

The two main buildings were constructed with reinforced concrete and structural steel, and designed in the campus’ Spanish-mission style architecture. The buildings will be connected via a glazed curtain wall entry space with terrazzo floors and a monumental staircase.

2006 - George Segal Gallery

The George Segal Gallery was born out of the generosity of the George and Helen Segal Foundation and Montclair State’s commitment to the arts. A labor of love for both, it is the only George Segal art gallery in the world, and will remain a part of the legacy of this artist.

Architecturally, the Segal Gallery is state of the art and conforms to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and museum-approved standards. It comprises 3,130 square feet of exhibition space and 3,300 square feet of storages, offices, seminar room and prep room. The facility is climate controlled with lights and nuclear window shades that block natural light. The Gallery also includes a dual pre-action fire suppression system, wood floors, UV-filtered track lighting and movable transparent exhibition walls.

2006 - University Hall

This state-of-the-art academic building was opened during the 2005-2006 academic year. It houses the College of Education and Human Services; office and instructional space including a dean’s suite; 125 faculty offices; eight specialized learning labs; six department offices; 28 adjunct faculty work stations; the ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technology; the Center of Pedagogy; a Literacy Enrichment Center; and the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. Classroom space includes: eight 100-seat lecture halls, one 200-seat lecture hall and 29 classrooms with 30 to 40 seats. The building also houses the Office of Information Technology, network operations and data center as well as training classrooms, offices and workstations for the Information Technology group. A 24-hour student computer lab is a highlight of the building.

Take a look at our LEED Building Profile.

2006 - Ben Samuels Children's Center

The Ben Samuels Children’s Center is a 21,547 square foot building towards the northern edge of the Montclair State campus. This location, with adjoining parking, offers easy, direct access for families and students. Containing two classroom pods and an academic core, the Children’s Center also features ample outdoor play spaces. The Center has a capacity to serve nearly 500 young children a year as it helps to prepare 400 early childhood educators annually.

The Children’s Center at Montclair State University is the home for three exceptional programs serving young children and their families; the Demonstration Program, the Jeffrey Dworkin Early Childhood Program, and the Child Care Center.

The Demonstration Program enrolls three to five-year olds, most of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The Jeffrey Dworkin Early Childhood Program serves children from infancy through age three who have a wide variety of special developmental needs. Through this program interventionists currently work with more than 150 families to deliver individualized at-home and in-community care. Together, they make a genuine difference in the lives of young children and their families.

The Child Care Center, which first opened in a residence hall in 1988, offers early childhood education in developmentally appropriate programs for children from three months to 6 years old. It is open to the children of Montclair State University students and staff, as well as those from surrounding communities.

Inclusive Education. Inclusive education rests on the belief that the appropriate context for service delivery to young children with special developmental needs is in the same settings where their typically developing peers are found. The Children’s Center provides a social and learning environment where children can explore, create, and experience learning as members of a diverse community. Skilled and dedicated teachers plan rich early childhood experiences that make every child a valued member of the class. Together, all those enrolled at the Children’s Center discover that what they share is far more profound than any differences.

A Laboratory for Teacher Preparation. The Children’s Center is a place where future teachers learn through internships, observations, and other hands-on learning experiences. The programs it houses already serve as learning laboratories for University students in early childhood education, special education, speech-language pathology, and music, physical or occupational therapy. The construction of the new facility allows the University to extend those invaluable experiences to a far greater number of students. As graduates move on to careers with schools and other agencies, what they learn at the Children’s Center will have a profound impact on early childhood education throughout the region.

2004 - Women's Softball Stadium

A new women’s softball stadium has been constructed on the existing softball field adjacent to the running track. The new stadium holds approximately 260 seats made up bleacher type and stadium molded seats. The stadium also contains a press box, locker rooms, toilets, storage and concession area. The construction for the main structures is concrete masonry units with a stucco cementious finish coat. The roof is a standing seam, with metal deck and structural cold rolled joist system. The field has an artificial playing surface and is properly drained. Grand Opening: April 20, 2004.

2004 - Alexander Kasser Theater

‌The Alexander Kasser Theater Building is located north of College Avenue and connects on the fourth level to the Red Hawk Parking Deck. The 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theater Building is four stories high and approximately 55,000 gross square feet. The Alexander Kasser Theater is a multi-use facility for performances of drama, musical theater, dance, orchestral concerts, solo recitals and chamber opera. The facility also includes administrative space, offices, storage and support space. The structure consists of structural, pre-cast and architectural concrete, EIFIS with stucco finish and aluminum curtain walls with a clay tile roof.

2003 - The Village at Little Falls

The Village is an 848-bed apartment complex situated on the northwest corner of the campus. The complex consists of four residential buildings and a recreational/office building that also contains a police substation, and more than 500 resident parking spaces. Entrance into each building is access controlled and mailboxes for residents are located in the lobby areas. On the first floor of each residential building there is space to gather and socialize with other residents and/or study. Vending machines are located on the first floor as well. Emergency phones are located throughout the complex and are directly connected to University Police. (Building placement and parking map below.)

The apartments are arranged in two different configurations within the complex, each designed to comfortably accommodate four residents. Configuration #1 features four residents assigned to four single bedrooms. Configuration #2 features two residents assigned to two single bedrooms and two additional residents to a double bedroom. Within each apartment, residents will enjoy such amenities as a dishwasher, air-conditioning, cable and Internet access. Laundry facilities are located on each floor. For fun, residents will be able to take advantage of the half basketball court, outdoor pool and fitness center.

2003 - Red Hawk Parking Deck

The University opened The Red Hawk Deck with a capacity of 1,100 parking spaces. This facility provides short-term parking for University employees, students and visitors. For information about hours of operation and rates please visit Parking Services.