Montclair State University Goes Out to Bid for Two Major Bond Projects

University is First of New Jersey Colleges to Commence Bid Process on New Bond-Funded Projects that Could Begin Construction this Summer

Release Date: May 9, 2013

Montclair State University announced today that its Director of Construction Procurement Services will receive bids for a new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences building and a new School of Business building through 10:00 a.m., June 20, 2013.

The project scope includes general contractor services for the construction of the two new buildings on the University campus.

On April 29, 2013, Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey State Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks had sent to the Legislature a list of 176 higher education projects totaling $1.3 billion. The list includes $93.8 million to fund construction of Montclair State’s two new state-of-the-art buildings, as well as technology infrastructure upgrades.

The funds from the Building Our Future Bond Act, which was approved by state voters in November 2012, will allow the University to break ground this summer on a new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences building and a new School of Business building. The shovel-ready projects would be scheduled for completion by the summer of 2015.

“These are urgently needed facilities,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “We meant it when we said they were shovel-ready, and we want to be poised to go into the ground as soon as the Legislature approves the disbursal of funds.”

The 107,500 gross-square-foot Center for Environmental and Life Sciences will expand the University’s capacity to serve students in its high-quality, high-demand life sciences programs and significantly expand its research infrastructure. Plans for the $55 million facility feature state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, classrooms and space to accommodate research collaborations with business partners. “The project will support academic programs and cross-disciplinary research with a focus on sustainability science, pharmaceutical biochemistry and medicinal chemistry,” said College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant.

The School of Business will replace its current outmoded home with a $66 million, 143,000 gross-square-foot building that will include high-tech classrooms and seminar rooms, a 150-seat lecture hall, executive education space, computer labs, as well as market research/analysis labs.

It will also house the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility and space to facilitate the development of regional and global collaborations with the business community. “This project will allow us truly to be a business school able to meet the 21st-century needs of New Jersey’s economy,” said School of Business Dean E. LaBrent Chrite.

Projects like Montclair State’s The Heights, New Jersey’s largest residential and dining complex, and the ongoing replacement of the University’s energy and utilities infrastructure, both which are the first public-private partnerships initiated under New Jersey’s 2009 Economic Stimulus Act, exemplify Montclair State’s role as a key driver in the state’s economy.

“Capital improvements such as these are essential to the future of Montclair State and all of New Jersey’s great institutions of higher learning,” said Cole. “With this program, the state has taken a giant step forward to meet the demands of New Jersey’s educational needs.”

In addition to the very substantial long-term benefits to be derived from these projects, the University anticipates that they will create 1,620 direct construction jobs and an additional 1,071 indirect construction-related positions.

All received bids will be publicly opened at 10:00 a.m., June 20, 2013, at The Department of Finance and Treasury Conference Room, Suite 101, 855 Valley Road in Clifton, N.J. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and site visits will be held on May 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. on campus in University Hall, 6th Floor. Copies of Request for Proposal #1077, which contains all requirements for contractors and subcontractors bidding this work, will be available on or about May 14, 2013, at the Office of Procurement Services at 855 Valley Road, Suite 112, Clifton, N.J.

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