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The College of New Jersey
- Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Bond Fund
- Complete overhaul of campus telecommunications infrastructure.
- Network security devices, including new firewalls, Internet router, etc. All have been purchased and installed.
- Virtual Desktop Initiative is underway, as well as other network and data center enhancements.
- Building Our Future -- General Obligation Bond
- The demolition of Holman hall, necessary to build Phase 1 of STEM was completed in 2013.
- The first phase of the STEM Complex project is completing the design phases. Construction documents will be issued to the State Comptroller office for review by the end of December 2014. Documents will be issued for bid in mid-March 2015.
- The Chiller project will be issued for bid in January 2015.
- The Nursing Simulation Laboratory is in the design phase. Construction documents were scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2015 and the bid documents issued in March 2015.
Four vital projects at Kean University, listed below, were approved for funding from the Building Our Future Bond issue, which voters approved in 2012, and other recently reauthorized facilities bond programs.
- A new academic building on the university's main campus. The building will add much-needed instruction space as Kean University moves ahead with plans to expand enrollment to 20,000 students over the next seven years.
- Additional classroom and clinic space for the university's widely-recognized Occupational Therapy program.
- A new scene shop for the university's vibrant theater program, including Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean.
- A new facility in the Sussex County Highlands, which will serve as a laboratory for the university's innovative program in Sustainability Studies, the only one of its kind in the state.
Montclair State University
- Montclair State University broke ground in September on two buildings that represent a combined investment of $121 million in new academic facilities -- $94 million of which is being funded by the state's "Building Our Future" Bond Act along with improvements to the campus' overall technology infrastructure.
- The $55 million, 107,500-square-foot Center for Environmental and Life Sciences will expand the university's science research infrastructure by 50 percent with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and collaborative research space to keep pace with its rapidly growing programs in environmental sustainability, pharmaceutical biochemistry and medicinal chemistry. 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. Completion of the two new buildings is scheduled for Spring 2015.
New Jersey City University
- NJCU was awarded approximately $32 million in funding from the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund to renovate and expand the existing Science Building. The total project cost is approximately $42 million, of which the remainder of funding will be through tax-exempt bonds. The buildings will feature 45,000-square-feet of new space including 26 labs, 35 faculty offices, four general classrooms, nine collaborative educational spaces and a greenhouse.
- NJCU received $1.7 million to upgrade its classrooms, laboratories, nursing, media arts, education, and video conferencing platforms. This technology portfolio upgrade will affect many programs, but particularly the STEM fields, education, media arts and professional security studies programs. The upgrade was funded by the Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund.
- An $860,000 upgrade for the information technology infrastructure at NJCU to improve and enhance overall connectivity and access was funded by the Higher Education Infrastructure Fund.
- Note: In addition there will be $400 million in new construction of facilities and buildings on the NJCU West Campus in Jersey City. This construction is an opportunity for revenue enhancement for NJCU and a larger urban economic development role through the wise utilization of 21 acres of land it acquired. The new buildings will serve both university and community purposes, including student housing, academic instruction, performing arts, retail, and market-rate housing. Included in the master plan for its West Campus, NJCU, in partnership with its philanthropic foundation, will break ground in spring 2015 on a new 425-bed student residence hall.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
- Reauthorized state bond programs administered by the NJ Educational Facilities Authority provided $18 million for capital improvements at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Currently, work is underway for renovations to the college's existing G-Wing, which houses the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and the School of Social Science and Human Services. The bond monies will fund, in part, the $60 million renovation and expansion of the building. Supporting the state's goals of funding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, this facility houses the college's science programs. The third and fourth floors of G-Wing have been completed and are now occupied. Administrators expect the first and second floors of G-Wing to be available for classes in fall 2015.
- A $28.6 million addition to Stockton's new Unified Science Center will be supported by $21.465 million in funding from the Building Our Future Bond Act approved by voters in 2012. The expansion will include labs for teaching and research, a greenhouse, computer labs, faculty offices and a vivarium.
- An $18 million additional classroom building will receive $13.5 million in funding from the bond issue. It would house 24 classrooms, 20 offices and teaching space for the Schools of Business, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, General Studies, Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Additional Stockton projects slated to receive bond funding are:
- $6.4 million for an energy management project which will modernize equipment and infrastructure, including upgrades to the college's heating, ventillation and air conditioning systems;
- $4.2 million to renovate the Arts and Sciences building, including exterior repairs and improvements in energy efficiency;
- $1.195 million to upgrade education technology, including upgrading equipment used by faculty in lectures in electronic classrooms and computer labs; development of virtualized computer labs to support student-owned mobile devices such as tablets and desktop computers; and
- $1.5 million for an education technology infrastructure project will receive $775,000 in funding from the bond issue to improve high-speed voice, video and data fiber structure, high-capacity Internet access, and upgrades to the core high-speed 10G network and wireless infrastructures on campus.
Thomas Edison State University
- Nursing Education Center ($12.726 million): This project is transforming the blighted Glen Cairn Arms site at Calhoun and West State Streets in Trenton into a state-of-the-art nursing education center to house New Jersey's largest nursing program. Demolition of the Glen Cairn Arms was completed in November 2013. The college expects the 34,700-square-foot building, which will include a new nursing simulation laboratory, lecture halls and conference rooms, and space for a testing center, to be completed in 2015. The Center is supported by the Building Our Future Bond Act approved by voters in New Jersey in November 2012.
- Kelsey Building and Townhouse Upgrades ($1.913 million): This project is for the upgrade and renovation of TESU's landmark Kelsey Building and Townhouse complex, including the reconfiguration of existing offices to maximize space and create new resources and replace the roof and mechanical systems. The project was completed in February 2015.
- 102-104 West State Street/Center for Learning and Technology ($1.4 million): This project is creating a new home for the college's Center for Learning and Technology. The 12,500-square-foot building, located across the street from the college's main campus building, opened in November 2014.
- Instructional Nursing Equipment ($585,000): This funding will be used to purchase instructional equipment for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing to support educational technology in the nursing simulation lab and other technical aspects of the program.
William Paterson University
- The university has begun construction on a new academic building. The first step in a long-range plan to modernize facilities in the main academic core of the campus, the $40 million project will be funded in part by $30 million from the "Building Our Future" Bond Act. The Building will be a 78,000-square-foot teaching and research facility housing 16 general-use classrooms that will serve a minimum of 4,000 students per semester. It will also feature specialized classrooms and clinical spaces for the university's well-established and expanding programs in nursing, communication disorders, and public health, including an expanded Nel Bolger, RN Nursing Laboratory and the university's Speech and Hearing Clinic, which provides the community with a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for communication disorders. In line with the university's commitment to sustainability, the building will be designed for efficiency, and the university will seek LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Completion is scheduled for 2016.
- The university is leveraging existing campus fiber Ethernet and the Internet to combine video, voice, and data over an Internet Protocol (IP) fiber backbone in a resilient, reliable manner to support learning, research and technical academic support. The university is utilizing HETI and ELF funding to deliver content, regardless of format, on and off campus, to a diverse population in an easy-to-use environment that comlements the convergence of what is currently envisioned by some people as phone, television, and computing. The ability to broadcast and stream in real time over IP and have a virtual data environment positions the university to leverage the NEDge and Internet2Network fiber assets, owned or leased by New Jersey Higher Education institutions, NJEDge, or not-for-profit educational organizations, reducing the reliance on commercial, more costly, alternatives.