The New Jersey Institute of Technology announced Friday that Andrew P. Christ, a professional engineer with extensive experience in facilities and construction management on university campuses, has been appointed to vice president for real estate development and capital operations.
According to an announcement on Friday, NJIT is planning to begin its second installment of its Campus Gateway Project, a four-phase, 23-acre initiative that will create residential and retail spaces in hope of attracting more residents, housing and help promote the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.
“I look forward to Andrew’s leadership as we review the university master plan as part of strategic planning and the continuous improvement of our educational, research, recreational, social and parking spaces on campus and in our adjacent community,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a prepared statement.
Prior to the appointment, Christ served as the associate vice president for facilities and construction management at New Jersey City University, the release said. Prior to that he was the assistant vice president for operations at Georgian Court University.
Christ also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering at NJIT. The appointment, he said, “felt like coming home.”
“I’ve been back to the campus and have been really impressed by the Gateway Project plan, among other improvements,” Christ said. “As an alumnus, I place tremendous belief in the university’s mission and I look forward to moving ahead on the second phase of the project. I will also be looking for opportunities campus-wide to improve operations in ways that enhance the learning and teaching environment and make the campus even more beautiful.”
NJIT completed the first phase of the project in 2013, according to the press release, which included the creation of Warren Street Village, a 3-acre, mixed-use residential housing complex that added 600 beds to the university’s housing, as well as dining services, a convenience store and a fitness center.
The next phase will include the “MLK Gateway” which will be a retail and residential facility at Orange Street, the announcement said.
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