New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host the official ribbon cutting of the renovated Central King Building April 13, 2017, 9:30am-11:30am on the NJIT campus.
“Once home to thousands of Newark Central High School students, today the Central King Building [also] exemplifies the intelligent, creative and economically impactful urban redevelopment that serves NJIT students, industry and the local community,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “The Central King Building renovation is part of the transformation of our campus that serves to enhance the student experience and solidify NJIT’s position going forward as one of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities.”
The $86 million Central King Building renovation was the largest single project funded by the state of New Jersey through the 2012 Building Our Future Bond Act. The building now is a hub for innovation and collaborative learning. It is home to new classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, spaces for academic advising and pre-professional mentoring, a STEM tutoring center, a writing center, a math emporium and the New Jersey Innovation Institute’s iLabs, which are a critical point of intersection between workforce and economic development.
The historic renovation of the five-story Central King Building is the first wave of a $300 million capital building campaign that is transforming research, teaching and community life at NJIT. Two new buildings are soon to follow: a 24,500-square-foot Life Sciences and Engineering Building and a 200,000-square-foot Wellness and Events Center with 4,500-seat conferencing space that transforms into a 3,500-seat arena, multiple high-tech meeting rooms, an indoor pool, track and turf field, and social spaces. The new Science and Technology Park seven-story parking garage adjacent to the Enterprise Development Center on the western edge of campus opened in August 2016.
Alumni of both NJIT and Central High School will share their personal experiences as students at the event. Guided tours of the building will be offered following the ribbon cutting.