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Montclair State breaks ground on $121M construction project

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Officials at Montclair State University broke ground today on a $121 million construction project that will add two buildings to the Essex County campus.

Montclair State President Susan Cole was joined by state and local officials and developers in marking the start of what is expected to be a two-year project.

The construction is being funded in large part — to the tune of nearly $94 million — by the state’s Building Our Future Bond Act, which made $750 million available for projects that would increase academic capacity at educational institutions when it was approved last year.

The two buildings will provide Montclair State with a new, 107,500-square-foot Center of Environmental and Life Sciences, expected to cost about $55 million, and a 143,000-square-foot School of Business, which should cost around $66 million, according to the university. The project is also expected to generate 1,500 construction and support jobs.

Montclair State opened the project for bidding in May.

“These are urgently needed facilities,” Montclair State University President Susan Cole said at the time. “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.”

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a staff reporter covering midsized and growth companies, as well as women in business. Mary lived in Fla., Texas, Conn. and N.Y. before moving to N.J. with her husband and infant son. Email her at maryj@njbiz.com. She is @mjohns422 on Twitter. Read her blog, Breaking Glass.

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