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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TCNJ moves forward with $94 million project to add 110,00-square-feet of science classrooms, labs

By Brendan McGrath

Ewing - The College of New Jersey is moving forward with a $94 million project to add 110,000 square feet of laboratory and classroom space while renovating its engineering building and connecting buildings to enlarge its science complex.

The main component of the project is a new 88,000-square-foot STEM building that will take on the school’s Georgian Colonial style of architecture while providing additional space for its engineering and science programs, said David Muha, college spokesman.

“In addition to classrooms, computer labs, and faculty offices for engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science, the STEM building will provide specialized laboratories” Muha said.

The project will have a broader impact on TCNJ’s landscape, Muha said.

“It’s more encompassing than just the building,” Muha said.

The project also includes a 22,000-square-foot expansion of the existing chemistry building, providing space for more labs, Muha said.

The expansion is being funded in part by the state’s $750 million Building Our Future Bond Act.

TCNJ received more than $57 million in state grants for STEM construction projects in May 2013. The school is using $47 million of that money to pay for the STEM project and the remain $10 million on upgrades to its technology infrastructure, including phone and computer networks, he said.

The school expects to break ground on the new building in the spring. This means that construction will begin on this project just as TCNJ nears completion of Campus Town, the $86 million, 278,000-square-foot complex that will bring college apartments and retail to the school.

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