Credit: Photo by Shelley Kusnetz
From left, Provost Steven Diner, NCAS
student John Feliz, Newark Mayor Sharpe
James, NJIT President Robert
Altkenkirch, State Assemblyman William
Payne; U.S. Congressman Donald Payne; NJ
Commissioner of Education William
Librera; Joyce Harley, executive
director, Newark Downtown District;
President Richard McCormick, Christopher
Grabe, Davis Brody Bond architects; Tim
Johnson, director of housing and
residence life, Rutgers-Newark; and
Ernest Mueller, Rutgers Board of
The Newark campus officially began its transformation into a “24/7” campus at a Nov. 30 groundbreaking for University Square, a major new residence hall on the corner of University and Central avenues. University Square, expected to be completed in fall 2006, will be the first new residence hall on campus in 14 years. The 13-story, $51 million complex will house 600 students in two- and three-bedroom apartments with kitchens and private baths. The first floor will feature several retail stores.
President Richard McCormick, Provost Steven J. Diner and members of Rutgers’ governing boards were on hand for the 1 p.m. ceremony, along with students, faculty and staff, City of Newark and State of New Jersey officials, and the campus’s neighbors from the Newark community. The new residence hall will help to alleviate the overcrowding that has forced campus officials to place some resident students in the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark and others in residence halls at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.